Chocolate, The Gift of Romance

A short interview with a Chocoholic

Reporter: Tell me, why do you eat chocolate?

Chocoholic: Why do you ask? It's like asking, "Why do you breathe air?"

Reporter: How does eating chocolate make you feel?

Chocoholic: It's like getting a sweet hug for your tongue or like a warm blanket for your tummy - it feels so comforting!

Reporter: When do you eat chocolate?

Chocoholic: I've got to have it - at least every other day if not every day - I have such a craving!

Know someone like this? Most of us do. Consider your circle of friends and you'll be certain to find a number of "CHOCOHOLICS." Many of us would list ourselves in these ranks.

Translated from its Latin name, Theobroma Cacao, chocolate means "Food of the Gods." Legend says that chocolate is supposed to have romantic powers. No wonder it is so tempting. When we partake of the creamy smoothness and luscious taste, it almost seems as if we are eating something forbidden to us - something superior than all other foods!

Whatever the reason for our love of chocolate, thank goodness we have this treat available! And it comes to us so easily, especially on Valentine's Day! (Sometimes better known to chocolate lovers as "No Apologies Necessary for My Indulgence Day.") And what better way to celebrate the day of love than with chocolate!

Chocolate can be made into a variety of gifts. Boxes of chocolates, chocolate suckers, chocolate cake, chocolate pie, hot chocolate, chocolate mousse, chocolate donuts, chocolate ice cream, chocolate covered fruits, double fudge chocolate chip cookies.... whoa, time to stop... all these thoughts could lead to a trip to the chocolate chips in the cupboard. (Don't kid yourself, others can see the size of the chocolate chip bag dwindling!)

To show your loved ones how special they are, why not create your own chocolate treats this year? It can be as simple as a chocolate shaped like a heart or maybe a chocolate sandwich cookie covered in chocolate in a heart shape design?

Molding chocolate is much easier than you think, especially if you use summer coatings - dark or lite. These coatings also come in a variety of colors, including the red, pink and white you may want to use for Valentine's Day! Add your special message of love with a candy writer, candy coating in a convenient, resealable tube.

Why not make your own chocolate heart-shaped candy box from a mold? That way you not only get the sweet treats inside, but can eat the box itself!

Chocolate comes in other forms also - especially chocolate cake! If you want to surprise your family for Valentine's Day you may want to make your cake in the shape of a heart. Want to try a little spicier recipe? Legend tells it that Aztec emperor Montezuma drank 50 golden goblets of hot chocolate a day flavored by chili peppers. Nice and hot!

The recipe below is tamer - spiced only with cinnamon! (Keep in mind - you may want to make this cake by yourself. That way you get to lick the bowl and spoon all by yourself. Never pass up chocolate!)

Mexican Chocolate Cake

Heat until melted:

  • 2 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Combine:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla

Add the melted chocolate mixture to the dry ingredients. Pour into jellyroll pan or two 8" layer pans. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes.

Mexican Chocolate Icing

  • 1 stick margarine
  • 2 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 6 Tbsp. Milk
  • 1 pkg. Powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Combine first 3 ingredients in medium size sauce pan and heat until bubbles form around the edges. Remove and add last 3 ingredients and beat. Ice cake while still warm.

If candy or cake doesn't fit into your Valentine's celebration don't worry. Chocolate takes many forms - from liqueurs to ice cream to puddings - and it can be a coating for almost anything - strawberries, almonds, peanuts, raisins - to name a few. Use a set of dipping tools to create these scrumptious chocolate surprises.

Remember to store your chocolate gifts in a cool dry place to prevent melting.

When you present your chocolate on Valentine's Day and hear the moans of oooooh! and yummmm, you know you have given the perfect gift. You may want to start the tradition of giving chocolate on every occasion. After all it is a gift from the Gods!

Interview Wrap-up:

Reporter: Tell me, why do you like Valentine's Day?

Chocoholic: I GET TO EAT A LOT OF CHOCOLATE! (And I don't even have to sneak it!)

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