Tuesday Terrific: When Chocolate talks back…

   

Welcome to Tuesday Terrific, where we celebrate getting over the Monday bump and picking up speed for the rest of the week.

 

Valentine’s Day – a week from today!  The occasion means different things to different folks.  For the kiddos, it could mean Batman/Hello Kitty classroom valentines, or those “sweetheart” chalky candies with the goofy messages: “Be Mine,” “U Rock,” or the more-relevant “Tweet Me.”  For the adults, it could mean grab-a-date-for-the-occasion to avoid the dreaded “Alone on Valentine’s Day” (singles); red silk teddies by candelight (dating, or married-no-kids); a rare dinner out (parents), or burn-everything-he-ever-gave-me (exes).

No matter what category we belong, there’s one universal:

 

 

The Chocolate


In our chocolate-glutted culture, it takes some pretty wild things done with chocolate to get our attention, such as chocolate bacon, spas where you can be painted with chocolate (why?), and a 6-ft tall chocolate Jesus (titled “My Sweet Lord”) made from 200 pounds of milk chocolate.  I kid you not.

Apparently, chocolate has a lot to say.

The makers of Dove chocolates are a bit more conservative by comparison, in terms of what their chocolate has to say.  These little squares offer “inspirational” messages printed on the foil wrappers, sort of like Chinese fortune cookies (without the lottery numbers on the back).  Here are three I’ve saved (no pics, though, because I horribly mangled my wrappers in my desperation to get to the chocolate):

“Happiness is in the heart, not in the circumstances.”

“Go out there and make your dreams happen.”

“You are exactly where you are supposed to be.”

Of course, taken collectively, these sayings are rather contradictory.  If I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, then I don’t need to go “out there” and make things happen; conversely, if I’m going out there to “make (my) dreams happen,” then that belies the idea that happiness dwells “in the heart, not in the circumstances.”

But maybe I’m being nit-picky.

But the wrappers can be fun, especially when one plays the Chinese fortune cookie “in bed” game.  It certainly gives additional Je ne sais quoi to two of my wrappers:

“Happiness is in the heart, not in the circumstances in bed.” Well, that’s certainly a consolation to those feeling, shall we say, inadequate?

“You are exactly where you are supposed to be in bed.” Yeah, baby, you were meant to be there, looking gorgeous in that peek-a-boo nightie.  Let me grab my camera.

 

In the interest of spreading the Valentine’s love a little further, I’m including one of my favorite fudge recipes.  Hope you get a chance to try it out!

Creamy Mocha Fudge

image from Hersheys.com

 

Ingredients:

2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 cup Milk Chocolate Chips

2 tablespoons milk

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

4 teaspoons powdered instant coffee dissolved in 1 tablespoon warm water OR 1 tablespoon coffee-flavored liqueur

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped nuts (optional; I leave this out)

Directions:

1. Line 8- or 9-inch square pan with foil.2. Combine semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, milk, sweetened condensed milk, coffee mixture and vanilla in heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until chips are melted. Remove from heat; stir in nuts.3. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm. Remove from pan; place on cutting board. Peel off foil; cut into squares. Store covered in refrigerator. About 5 dozen pieces or 2 pounds.

 

Want more chocolate?  Check back here Friday, when I’ll be doing “Flashback Friday: Chocolate and Human Civilization” – some history, and at least one more chocolate recipe.

In the meantime, here are some chocolate blogs you can try (some great recipes here, too):

The Chocolate Life – La Vida Cocoa

Dying for Chocolate – by Janet Rudolph, who also writes a mystery lover’s blog (can’t you tell?)

Chocablog

The Chocolate Gourmand

 

Has chocolate ever “spoken” to you?  Do you have a favorite kind or brand?  I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Kathy

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23 thoughts on “Tuesday Terrific: When Chocolate talks back…”

  1. Gene LemppGene Lempp

    Mmm Chocolate *drool* That is indeed a universal sweet goodness.

    We love the fudge too, will definitely be trying out your recipe. Sounds super yummy, Kathy 🙂

  2. Tiffany A WhiteTiffany A White

    YUMMY! I love chocolate, and I totally love adding the “in bed” to the end of the messages too. LOL

  3. Natalie HartfordNatalie Hartford

    OMG you are killing me here. I am trying to stay away from all things chocolate for awhile and that fudge sounds to DIE for not to mention all the goodies. LOL!
    I love the little sayings and adding “in bed” is priceless and perfect. Hubby will love it. LOL!!!

  4. Stacy GreenStacy Green

    Oh Lord, you just found my biggest weakness: chocolate! Like Natalie, I’m trying to be good (and failing miserably the last few days), but I may have to cheat with these babies. And lol at “in bed!”

  5. Julie GloverJulie Glover

    I love Dove chocolates! We also enjoy seeing the wrapper messages – even those we roll our eyes at. Some of them are pretty cool!

    By the way, I did a post just today on the messages on those candy hearts, which includes Be Mine, You Rock, and Tweet Me.

  6. Marcia RichardsMarcia Richards

    Chocolate speaks to me non-stop! It says, “Come to me…feel the silkiness on your tongue and the rich dark flavor in your soul.” And I do, daily. I get my dark chocolate fix every evening. 🙂
    Love the Valentine’s for whatever stage of life you happen to be in!
    Chocolate fudge is one of my faves, esp with peanut butter, but THIS with coffee sounds even more amazing! I will try it! Thanks, Kathy!

  7. karenkaren

    I’ll have to try the fudge recipe! (in bed) Looks yummy! Wonder if I can make it in vanilla…

  8. Donna NewtonDonna Newton

    I love chocolate. In fact, today I have munched my way through an extra large box of Maltesers and now feel sick 🙁

    I will give this receipe to my daughter!

  9. Gloria RichardGloria Richard

    Snort-worthy “in bed” wordplay, Kathy. And, I LOVED the counter-intuitive wisdom on those DOVE candies.

    They had to think of something, tho’ right? They couldn’t very well say “Taste me and I will become one with your thighs.”

    Doesn’t help that I have the ingredients for fudge in my house. In my pantry. Riiiiiight over there. Grrr.

  10. Catie RhodesCatie Rhodes

    Thanks for sharing the fudge recipe! I will try it. I have wanted to make fudge for a while, but I have been too chicken. You know how recipes sometimes end up being a dud no matter how closely you follow directions. I had a feeling fudge could be that way. Since you’ve tested this recipe, I have a little more faith in it. 😀

  11. Nancy LauzonNancy Lauzon

    Omigosh, that fudge recipe looks amazing. I’ll have to try it once I’m off my diet! (Yes, I’m on a diet because chocolate called to me once too often!)

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