I absolutely love chocolate!!! And, it is probably my number one comfort food. Especially high grade, expensive, dark chocolate. I’ve become a little of a chocolate snob when it comes to eating and baking with chocolate, but I taste the difference and sometimes it is a lower grade that tastes better in a recipe. There are tons of things you can cover in chocolate like a room of chocolate, a shoe, a car, a table, a person etc… The list goes on, so I’m going to tackle only the edible things. Those are much more fun and actually a larger list.
People will dip or cover anything with chocolate. (Oh, I get it National Chocolate-Covered ANYTHING Day. Sorry, I must have been on a chocolate high because I’m not joking.) Some of the common things that are covered in chocolate are pretzels, nuts, strawberries (pictured below), fresh fruit, dried fruit, popcorn, bananas, ice cream, sunflower seeds, raisins, coffee beans, potato chips, cookies including fortune cookies, graham crackers, gummy candies, cheesecake, variety of vegetables, various candied peels (orange, ginger, etc…), and a variety of breakfast cereals.
Now, there are the things that made me squirm and almost abandon this post. In California, they are FDA approved and hand grown food grade live critters. If you are squimish, don’t read that people eat chocolate-covered ants, crickets, larva, locusts, scorpions (pictured right), cockroaches, grub worms, slugs, grasshoppers, squid, and curry cricket cupcakes.
Okay, let’s talk about some wonderful things about chocolate. Chocolate has many “feel good” components such as sugar, caffeine, andamide (the blissful chemical) and the best is theobromine. Theobromine is a mild stimulant and is thought to uplift mood and derived from Greek meaning “food of the gods.” I must agree with that. Chocolate comforts and soothes me. At work, they used to throw chocolate to me (or was it at me?) if I was in a bad mood or not feeling well. Hmmm…I thought they cared, but maybe it was all about them?
Food items that are comforting or I find being thrown at me when I wake up on the wrong side of the bed include chocolate, coffee, non-fat lattes, rice crispy treats, chocolate covered strawberries (my heaven), chocolate covered rice crispy treats, chocolate covered graham crackers, chocolate chip-cookies, fudge like brownies, chocolate cake, Kettle corn, tortilla chips, tortillas, and real Mexican bean & cheese burritos.
What other unique chocolate covered edibles can you think of or have you had especially from other countries?
What food items do you find comforting in your garden?
All comments are welcome.