Friday, 13 June 2014

My other big love

There's four and only four things in the sweets department that will make my dad smile: Milk tart (a South African delicacy), chocolate cake with butter cream icing and no caramel, Liquorice All Sorts, and dark chocolate (not milk chocolate; dark chocolate).  Make or buy him anything else and he'll politely gag it down.  Ha!


Nope, not gagging something down here.  Just being silly.

I thankfully missed out on the All Sorts gene (not a fan at all), but boy, am I happy to have scored in the dark chocolate department.  Along with my dad's love for afternoon naps and being active (contradicting, I know, but actually perfect), I'm thrilled to have also inherited his love for dark chocolate.  And the best part?  It appears to be growing stronger with age - hmmmmmmm.

It has come to a point now where dark chocolate almost excites me as much as running does.  Almost.  (Is that sad?)  Wednesdays and Saturdays are official Dark Chocolate Days in the Running the Race household and I can promise you this: Every single one is a highlight.  

It is, of course, a given that dark chocolate (just like Clif Bars) can't just be gulped down without paying attention.  It needs to be savoured; the aromas inhaled.  And this needs to be done in a quiet, peaceful place.  Yip, it's a ritual.  After years of eating dark chocolate in this way (even K smells her chocolate before eating it), I was surprised to find that there actually is such a thing as a method for tasting dark chocolate.  I know.  And it's pretty darn close to what I've been doing.  I must be a natural.

I leave you with a few of my favourites.  Try them - they're life-changing.

Locally manufactured CocoaFair.  It's organic and it's minty.  And yes, it's also perfect.


    
You can't go wrong with Lindt.  And apparently it's GMO-free too.



Woolies' organic dark chocolate - now if only they'll make a mint-flavoured one...



What's your favourite treat?  Do you limit yourself to just one or two a week, like we do, or do you indulge whenever you feel like it?


10 comments:

  1. Yummy. :) I love chocolate too.

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    1. Added bonus is that dark chocolate (so they say) contains antioxidants and even iron, so it can be quite good for you if eaten in moderation. What's not to love, right? ;)

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  2. I wish I had your love for dark chocolate. Maybe I need to try a few of your favorites! I'm curious about the milk tart!

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    1. I think my love for dark chocolate might be a bit too strong, lol!

      Milk tart is reaaaally good - wish I could send you some to taste!

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  3. I am in love with dark chocolate too. I love mint and with almonds. happily my kids and husband won't eat it so it is mine all mine :)

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    1. You're lucky! I usually need to sneak away and hide for 5 blissful minutes to eat mine, otherwise Will and K devour it!

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  4. Mmm! My love for dark chocolate is also growing with age. I try to just indulge whenever I feel like it, because if I try to limit myself it usually ends up backfiring on me.

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    1. My dad always says that you know you're all grown-up when you start enjoying dark chocolate and blue cheese, ha!

      I like your approach. I used to try to not eat dark chocolate at all, but it also backfired on me big time. I'd go without it for two or three weeks and then stuff my face. Twice a week works nicely for me personally - Saturdays are usually not too far from Wednesdays for my next fix...

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  5. Mmm mint and chocolate!! I never liked dark chocolate growing up and I laughed at your above comment because I thought bleu cheese was the most disgusting thing ever when my dad had it and now I always put it in my salads...:) I usually stick to having treats once or twice a week (the holidays are a completely different story), but I don't think I have a favorite...I'm a big fan of pastries though! At least dark chocolate is known to have some health benefits ;)

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    1. Heehee, my dad will just love hearing that! I guess he was right all along... ;)

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