Happy Sunday, everyone!
Every Wednesday, blogging buddy Aaron over at The Confusing Middle posts a “Sunday Scribblings” prompt for other bloggers to ponder and respond to on the following Sunday. If you’re a blogger looking for more inspiration, I highly recommend jumping in and joining in on the fun!
This week’s prompt is: Chocolate!
I was at the bakery on Friday morning picking up breakfast for the house, and I couldn’t help but to overhear this conversation between a young girl and the woman who was with her.
“I want a cupcake!” The little girl exclaimed, standing in front of the case holding ornately decorated cupcakes with colorful icing.
“Okay, what kind?” The woman asked her.
“Okay. What color do you want?”
“Yes, I’ll get you a chocolate cupcake, but what color?”
“I — okay, pink or blue?”
I laughed to myself and turned to the exasperated adult.
“She was very concerned that you weren’t going to get her a chocolate cupcake.”
She laughed with me and then paid so they could go enjoy their chocolate cupcake with pink frosting.
After seeing this exchange, I couldn’t not begin this Sunday Scribblings post with it. Especially because I can relate to the little girl in this situation. Don’t give me vanilla. Not when chocolate is an option.
As a metaphor for how people have different tastes, my great grandmother used to say “that’s why they make chocolate and vanilla.” But the vanilla people are wrong. I don’t make the rules.
I’ve always been a chocolate fiend, even when I was as young as the girl at the bakery.
My grandmother still tells the story of the time I sprinted into her house as a child and when she asked me what was wrong, I exclaimed, “I’M HAVING A CHOCOLATE FIT!”
Another time when I was younger, my grandfather told me that he wanted to have a birthday cake for Jesus at our Christmas Eve dinner. As everyone knows, the type of cake is the choice of the birthday person, so I made sure to assert, “Jesus likes chocolate.”
What can I say, I have a lot of feelings about chocolate! In fact, I have so many feelings about chocolate that I have no idea how I’m going to write a cohesive post about it all…but I’m going to try!
Like most kids, I preferred milk chocolate when I was younger, but eventually became a sophisticated intellectual who loves dark chocolate. Now, I find milk chocolate wholly unappetizing, so I get really excited when they remake any classic milk chocolate treat in dark chocolate. In college, I bought a dark chocolate Kit-Kat every time I went to the convenience store on campus. I wish that they would make all chocolate candies in dark chocolate. My favorite candy bar is the Reese’s NutRageous, and if they made that in dark chocolate, I might actually explode.
A few years ago, I found one of my favorites, Buncha Crunch, in dark chocolate in the store Face Values and I almost dropped to my knees and wept with joy. Dan was quite embarrassed by the scene I was causing. So, you know, win-win!
I’ve always been known for my love of chocolate (and not just by the now-deeply-upset workers from Face Values). In college, I always had chocolate animal crackers in my dorm room. My love for chocolate custard is unparalleled. When I go out for ice cream (if there is no chocolate custard), I get a flavor with a chocolate base or a milkshake with chocolate ice cream mixed with an ice cream that goes well with chocolate like peanut butter, coconut, or caramel. Pro tip: if you’re at Cold Stone Creamery and not sure if you should get their dark chocolate or their chocolate cake batter ice cream, ask them to mix the two. You’re welcome.
At one of my previous jobs, one of our customers was a chocolate retailer. A salesman went to their factory for a meeting and came back with a bunch of “rejected” misshapen chocolate. There was an industrial size bag of caramel-filled dark chocolates that I took and put directly in my desk. I told everyone that they could come and get a couple of chocolates if they wanted to, but I wasn’t letting anyone take the giant bag from me. It was mine.
In my house, we have a “candy corner” where everyone goes immediately when they enter because they know we have a wide variety of delicious candies and chocolates there. Since I’ve started working at the marshmallow shop, I try to keep us stocked with the signature treat from there: a vanilla marshmallow topped with homemade caramel and covered in dark chocolate. They can’t be beat!
The one chocolate treat we’ve bought recently that has been a big hit are these hazelnut Lindt chocolates. They are little, two-bite hazelnut dark chocolate bars that are smooth and delicious. At this point, people ask us to bring Ziplocs full of them to every family gathering. The problem is that while we used to have a Lindt store near us, it has closed and we now have to drive over an hour for our Lindt chocolates. What used to be a regular $25 trip to the Lindt store is now a rare $250 trip to the Lindt store.
Nowadays, my sweet tooth isn’t as strong. Since sugar can trigger some stomach issues for me, I really have to enjoy it in moderation. And now that it has the tendency to cause me so much pain, I don’t even really crave it anymore. The one time I really will indulge is when I’m having a rough day and just need something small to raise my spirits. In order to get those endorphins going, I’ll have one of those two-bite hazelnut Lindt chocolates. They’re perfect for that little midday pick-me-up.
But I can’t have them too late, of course, or else the caffeine in the dark chocolate might keep me up…