February 8, 2010

Decadent Chocolate

Another fabulous idea to give as a luxurious and decadent gift to your lover this Valentine's Day is REALLY good and high quality chocolate. 

On Christmas morning I found this delicious goodie waiting for me in my stocking from my lovely husband who knows just how much I crave dark chocolate and how I love a smattering of Himilayan salt even in my sweets. 

You can't simply unwrap this chocolate bar and gobble it up like a Hershey's brand chocolate, you must savor and experience it, maybe pair it with wine even for an added kick.  On the back of the bar, there are even directions to show you how you can use all of your senses to make the most of your chocolate moment...

How to Eat an Exotic Candy Bar...

See... first, there should be a glossy shine to the chocolate bar, this shows a good temper; rather, a tight bond between the cocoa butter and the cocoa mass.

Smell... rub your thumb on the chocolate to help release the aromas. Inhale the chocolate and ingredient notes deeply through your nose. Can you feel it?

Snap... quality chocolate should always be dry to the touch. Break the bar into two pieces. Hear a crisp, ringing snap, which indicates a well-tempered bar of chocolate.

Taste... place the chocolate on your tongue and press it to the roof of your mouth. Within thirty seconds, the chocolate should slowly begin to melt around your tongue. The taste should not be evanescent; it should have a long, lingering finish.

Feel... recognize the life in your body as you… benefit from the anti-oxidants in chocolate, ride the natural high of chilies, boost your immune system with some of the natural ingredients. Each bar brings its own sensations and benefits. Notice how spicy bars don’t hit you until after you have swallowed.

Pair... dark chocolate with a beguiling, fruit-laden Cabernet Sauvignon blend.

Kevin found this (and a few other treasures) at The Meadow on Mississippi.  I can't say enough about that place.  Maybe I should work there on the weekends.

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