Of the 26 letters, C was by far the easiest temptation to pick - chocolate - and one of the easiest top ten lists to put together for the A-Z blogging challenge.
10. Chocolate chip cookies - even better with chocolate chunks. Baking the dough is optional, of course.
8. Death By Chocolate - basically any type of layered chocolate dessert. The idea is to layer as much chocolate as possible, in as many forms: chocolate cake layered with chocolate mousse, chocolate chips, fudge syrup, crumbled oreos - the options are endless.
7. Chocolate covered fruit. Strawberries, cherries, blueberries are common. But exotic fruit like kiwi or huckleberries dipped in fudge syrup can blow your mind, too.
6. Fudge brownies - much easier to make than actual fudge, and the same chocolate-rush when you eat them.
5. Hot fudge sundae - the exactly perfect ratio of hot fudge to cold ice-cream is a common debate, but as long as the ratio is within 30/70 to 50/50, I'm happy.
4. Lava chocolate cake. Whoever invented this deserves a medal. Chocolate cake with hot fudge spilling out of the middle of it.
3. French silk pie- there are French silk pie imitations (yeah Village Inn, you are guilty!) and then there is REAL French silk pie. You can tell the real thing by the slightly shiny appearance of the chocolate and the truly silky texture. It is a dangerously sensuous eating experience.
a smooth mixture of chopped chocolate and heavy cream - developed by the French, of course.
1. Chocolate truffles. They deserve first place by being literally the biggest chocolate punch in the smallest package. A single high quality chocolate truffle can provide more chocolate craving satisfaction than a whole shelf of cheap chocolate bars like Snickers, Milky Ways, or Hersheys (though don't get me wrong, I won't turn those down, either). But the other reason why the truffle deserves first place is the sheer creative variety of these little gems.
But just as I was about to move to North Carolina, I remembered the renowned Cowboy Chocolatier who lives in Wyoming and produces champagne truffles, Jack Daniels truffles, and many other unique truffles, as well. I guess I can stay here and be content.
My very best chocolate experience was the midnight chocolate buffet on the Norway cruise ship. While filling your plate from hundreds of chocolate choices, you could admire a dozen creative chocolate sculptures, including a chocolate ship complete with chocolate sails and rigging.
My worst chocolate experience was visiting a chocolate factory in Las Vegas. To be sure it was interesting to see how the chocolate was made, but to be offered only one free sample at the end? Sheer cruelty.
What's your best chocolate experience?
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