Ok, so I'm NOT going to write an ode to chocolate, though I could. But seeing as this is Valentine's month and the volume of chocolate consumed this holiday is staggering, I thought I'd talk a little about my favourite chocolate.
I'm fairly discriminating. I like dark chocolate, but nothing more than 80% or it's just bitter. I like dark but with a creamy taste. Cadbury has a FABULOUS brick that tastes nearly as creamy as milk chocolate but with that dark richness. I'm not a fan of white chocolate, in fact I'd go so far as to say it's a travesty to even call it chocolate!
I don't mind nuts or fruit in it either, as long as it's not overpowering. For a quick chocolate fix I'm perfectly happy to grab a box of Glossette raisins. Mmmm. I've been known to sneak them from my kids's Halloween stash. And truffles are glorious. Simply glorious. You can't go wrong with a well-made truffle.
But I have 2 favourites. The first is my filled faves. I'm not generally a fill-my-chocolate kind of girl, but I'm helpless when faced with a box of Bernard Callebaut, made right here in Calgary. UN-FRICKIN-BELIEVABLE. One time I ate about 10 of them and nearly made myself ill. They are that good.
My other favourite is a bar put out by Lindt. They started an excellence collection, and I've tried several varieties but my absolute favourite is Madagascar, no contest. Somehow this dark chocolate bar manages to have a vanilla flavour in it and the result is pure heaven.
And in case you're feeling a little guilty, remember this: dark chocolate is a source of antioxidants which help fight heart disease, and the phenols - the same as found in red wine - help lower blood pressure.
For a chance to win some of those fabulous Bernard Callebaut chocolates, I'm running a contest this month. The winner receives chocolates, bookmarks and a postcard featuring Mills and Boon covers from the past. Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what your favourite chocolate is! I'm drawing at the end of the month.