Chocolicious Chocolate!

Throw out your copy of: How to Win Friends & Influence People. If you want to be popular, the answer is chocolate. Not just any ordinary, garden-variety chocolate but the good stuff. The stuff that is so good, that it’s literally evil.

After all, as my husband explained:

“Life is too short to waste it eating mediocre chocolate.”

While definitions of such superlative chocolicious indulgences can be quite subjective, I’m yet to find someone who doesn’t fall head-over-heels in love with Australia’s Tim Tam Biscuit. All rules of social restraint and decorum go out the window where Tim Tams are concerned. Even the most disciplined health nuts have confessed to inhaling an entire packet of Tim Tams and it’s pretty much a given that  once you open the packet, they’ll all be gone in the blink of an eye. Tim Tams are so good that there was even an advertising campaign showing why a Tim Tam is better than a man.

Simply Irresistible Tim Tams

Simply Irresistible Tim Tams

The Tim Tam is so popular that a sacred ritual has evolved: “The Tim Tam Explosion” or “The Tim Tam Slam” although when I was at university, it was known as “The Tim Tam Suck”. These all describe the same scrumptious and daring ritual where you bite off opposite corners of a Tim Tam and dunk one corner in a hot cup of tea or coffee and suck it like a straw. The drink fills the biscuit and it metamorphoses into a sloppy, delicious mass, which you can hopefully get into your mouth before it disintegrates and falls in your drink. Of course, the chocolate coating melts all over your fingers so this is definitely not the done thing around “polite society”. It’s probably, not recommended on a first date, either!!

However, when it comes to chocolate, there are those special occasions when Lindt is in order and Lindt Balls have a special place in our hearts. Geoff and I took them bushwalking for our first Valentine’s Day together. Being a scorchingly hot, Sydney Summer’s Day, the Lindt Balls were liquid and have been known ever since as “Lindt Smears”. Therefore, indulging in Lindt Smears is rather hazardous during a Summer and you’re lucky if you can get the wrapper off before it disintegrates and implodes. I must admit that I do enjoy a gooey Lindt Ball but there’s a fine line. You can get a lot of heartbreaking wastage as the chocolate merges with the wrapper.

Who can argue with Snoopy?

Who can argue with Snoopy?

Another favourite chocolate indulgence, is a Hot Chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows. I first discovered these when I was backpacking through Europe back in 1992 and ordered a Heiss Schockolade mit Sahne in Koln (Cologne). Wow!! Since then, I have found what I believe to be the world’s very best Hot Chocolate located at the Perisher resort where we go skiing. Their Toblerone Hot Chocolate comes with snowman with three marshmallows on a stick which you dunk into the hot, creamy hot chocolate. There’s also a stick of Toblerone and a cigar biscuit. Just amazing.

Sumptuous Chocolate Soup

Sumptuous Chocolate Soup

Recently, I found a scrumptious chocolate cake which was almost drowning in chocolate soup. That reminded me of the wonders of chocolate sauce. You can read about it here:

https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/therapeutic-indulgence-a-rendez-vous-with-laksa-and-a-saucy-chocolate-cake/

Being a keen baker, I have also made quite a few chocolate treats and I encourage you to have a go. In our household, we had a tension between the kids who prefer milk chocolate and the adults who prefer dark and so now I tend to make half of each to keep everybody happy.

Here are some indulgent chocolate recipes for you to try:

Yummy Chocolate Cupcakes.

Yummy Chocolate Cupcakes.

Easy-Peasy Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache:

https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/easy-peasy-chocolate-party-cupcakes/

White Chocolate Rocky Road:

https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/white-chocolate-rocky-road/

Flourless Nutella Cake:

https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/too-much-chocolate-temptation/

Two-Faced Chocolate Caramel Slice (milk and dark chocolate):

https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/two-faced-chocolate-caramel-slice/

Chocolate Hazelnut Indulgence Cake:

https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/chocolate-hazlenut-indulgence-cake-my-own-creation/

After writing about all that yummy, scrumptious chocolate, my mouth is watering and I’m seriously considering breaking into our stash of Easter eggs. Something tells me, resistance is futile and as any true chocoholic will confess, when you eat your eggs quickly you can always poach the slow poke’s bulging stash.

However, if you are more more virtuous than I and can get through the entire Easter season without even a nibble of chocolate, perhaps you like to read about it instead and should get hold of: Chocolat by Joanne Harris…or even the movie http://www.joanne-harris.co.uk/books/chocolat/.

A great Easter read and also a fabulous movie, which will leave you craving for artisan chocolate and a trip to France.

A great Easter read and also a fabulous movie, which will leave you craving for artisan chocolate and a trip to France.

Easter always seems to bring rain on Australia’s East Coast, at least, and so it’s a great time to curl up with a book, a movie and eat chocolate:

“The greatest tragedies were written by the Greeks and Shakespeare…neither knew chocolate.”
― Sandra Boynton

If you are participating in the A-Z Challenge, what was your C and feel free to provide a link and share your topic.

Love & chocolate moustaches,

Rowena

28 thoughts on “Chocolicious Chocolate!

  1. roweeee Post author

    Thank you Becky. I’ve just read a few of your posts and been so deeply moved. Take care of your precious soul!! Love, Rowena

  2. TanGental

    Having suffered the Mistral in Le Sud de France last week, Chocolat came to mind. Cruel post mind you, all that calorie free e-chocolate to view…

  3. Arlee Bird

    Oh, you’re killing me. Now I gotta find some chocolate. I want what’s here on your post, but I guess I’ll have to settle for what’s in the house. No matter–I’m just a chocolate slut rather than a gourmand. Let me grab a Twix bar and a bowl of Kroger’s Rocky Road ice cream. That’s what I got so guess I’ll have to settle.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Wrote By Rote

  4. roweeee Post author

    I know that feeling of having to settle…especially when I’ve decided to be good and stocks are low. However, I overbought on the Easter egg front so we are well stocked. I am also on the look out for a great chocolate sauce recipe. Oops I forgot. We went to the French Patisserie in Avalon and we have Opera for dessert. Easter is no time for being good! xx Rowena

  5. roweeee Post author

    Yes, all that chocolate can leave me flying a bit high too. The place is full of Easter eggs at the moment too. This is no weekend for good behavior!! Stay tuned. The next post will be D for dogs and it could well be from two unhappy mutts who are shut outside at my parents’ beach house. It’s pouring with rain, windy and they hate being away from us but Dad won’t let them in the house and he’s coming tomorrow. I went and bought them a huge blanket to snuggle with on their bed.

  6. elly stornebrink

    That cake looks scrumptiously delicious! And chocolate soup: really?! 😉 I too love Lindt and most dark chocolates, though European as I find the Canadian and American chocolate too (super) sweet! 😉 ❤

  7. roweeee Post author

    My husband was in California for a few months and took a stash of chocolate with him as he’s not keen on American chocolate.
    The chocolate sauce did end up like a soup and I loved every single mouthful!!

  8. roweeee Post author

    The rabbit? We have one of those. I also love the Crunchie Rabbits. Very nice! This year, we been splitting the Easter eggs over the last couple of nights for dessert to spread out the impact a bit. The Tim Tams are on hold.

  9. noelleg44

    How I missed this, I don’t know since I am following your blog. This post sent me into sugar shock – I am salivating. I will try some of these recipes. I recently discovered a black bean brownie recipe ( it’s in one of my posts – I had to find something made without flour, and this was it).

  10. roweeee Post author

    They are seriously good. Have you ever tried pavlova? That’s fabulous. If you look up my recipes, it’s in there. I write my recipes with a view of teaching kids how to cook so they are very step-by-step.

  11. merrildsmith

    Great quotes, and the recipes look yummy, too. Dark chocolate all the way for me! 🙂
    I made a flourless chocolate cake for our Passover meal last night–melted some bittersweet chocolate chips to drizzle on top, and then sprinkled a bit of sea salt on it. My sister literally groaned, “Oh my god, this is SO good!”

    We discovered there’s a chocolate shop that makes amazing truffles next door to a winery we like to visit. Uh oh. . .:)

  12. lilicasplace

    Chocolate, peanut butter, coffee, and cheese. Those are my biggest weaknesses, in no particular order. Reading this post is making me crave chocolate now, thank you very much. The cupcakes look great and OMG, that chocolate soup!!

    I’m definitely going to try some of your recipes once this challenge is over. Between my two blogs, the challenge, my minioning, my doctor appointments, and just stuff…I won’t be ABLE to find the time until May. 🙂 I’m so glad you shared them though. Will be checking out more posts for sure. Have a great night. Eva

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  14. roweeee Post author

    As much as I try the healthy eating thing, I do struggle…actually, I don’t struggle enough with the chocolate. I usually succumb!

  15. Nihar Pradhan

    Wow!!!
    It is delicious personified. I just cannot resist the temptation. There is an art and a passion in the chocolate ice-cream, it not just any other chocolate and ice cream, I love it.
    😀

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