Has the following ever happened to you? You’re looking over the dinner menu at a restaurant and your eyes skim right over the entrées and skip to the dessert section. When the waitress comes to take your order, all you want to do is skip dinner and eat dessert. Words like chocolate mousse, tiramisu and chocolate flourless cake all swirl in your head. Your waitress tells you about the dinner specials and although you’re hungry, your mind keeps wandering back to the treats on the dessert menu. Guilty! Party of one – yours truly. (Check out this chocolate interview post!)
Sometimes, I’ll think of the dessert that I want and make sure that my earlier courses are light enough. So for example, if I want a sundae then I’ll order salmon instead of the fettuccini alfredo. Does this make me a chocoholic?
My friends also seem to know about my chocolate addiction, as my girlfriend just gave me the gift of ‘Emergency chocolate’ from Bloomsberry & Co. (a self described ‘happy designer chocolate company’). ‘Think Chocolate’ is their company motto. They create wrappers on the bars of their chocolate that say:
‘For immediate relief of: Chocolate cravings, lovesickness, exam pressure, mild anxiety and extreme hunger.
Directions for use: Tear open wrappers, break off desired dosage, and consume. Alternatively massage into the affected area. Repeat dosage as required until finished. If symptoms persist consult your local confectioner.’
On top of it all we, chocoholics, shouldn’t feel bad, as reports say ‘eating a piece of dark chocolate can have daily health benefits.’ The good news is chocolate can be ‘heart healthy.’ In the article Health Benefits of Chocolate, it states, “Chocolate has flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease.” Though my bubble burst a little when I read that milk and white chocolate cannot make the same health claims. Experts suggest that we should eat chocolate within moderation (while continuing to eat nutritiously and exercise regularly).
And once the emergency chocolate hit my lips, I knew that all would be right in the world. Have you ever had dessert first?