Food Of The Gods. Chocolate, Naturally

Chocolate Fest Blog Hop BadgeThe first civilization to cultivate the cacao tree was the Olmecs, three thousand years ago.

The Mayans, who came along centuries later, called the cacao tree simply “tree”, just as “cake” means “chocolate cake” to me.

Next, the Toltecs believed their king to be the god of air, whose mission it was to bring cacao seeds from the gods to Man.

The Conquistadors didn’t care for chocolate at first, since the Aztecs drank it bitter, greasy, black and full of bits of grit and hull. Sometimes chili powder was included, and sometimes maize. It wasn’t until 1522 that sugar and sweet spices were added, to please the Spanish palate.

Department of Nothing New Under the Sun: Aztec warriors carried energy-boosting chocolate compressed into tablets or wafers. Yeah, Willy Wonka–tell Mr. Montezuma all about your golden tickets.

And now comes me, who counts an empty calorie wasted if there’s no chocolate in it.

But what’s my favorite? Maybe a top five list is more appropriate. Therefore, in no particular order:

  • Ferrero Rocher‘s hazelnut chocolates, which Mom keeps for me as a treat
  • Dove‘s Dark Chocolate Promises, which I keep in the freezer and don’t chew, but let melt slowly…slowly….
  • Lindt‘s Excellent Orange Intense, with bits of almond and candied orange peel
  • Denali Moose Tracks ice cream, with miniature peanut butter cups and swirls of fudge
  • anything else with chocolate in it

Let’s see … Yep. I think that just about covers it.

Come back a later today for a guest post from a Hydra Blog Hopper. Meanwhile, I’ll be hopping over to visit Dianne Gardner. Please join me there, too.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: How does your main character feel about chocolate?

MA

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  1. Jane

    September 10, 2012 at 1:17am

    Hmm, chocolate. I like the stuff you can cook with chocolate. The Scharfenberger brownie, for instance, is truly a delicacy. And the so-called flour-less cake (so that leaves largely chocolate, butter, and maybe cream) is a powerful bit of baked goods. Oh, yes, and vanilla. A great match for chocolate. Mom made a wicked hot chocolate sauce for ice cream sundaes. Yow! Oh, and hot fudge sauce! Yum. I don’t like the ice creams, etc., that add a bunch of bits in with the ice cream. A few nuts, of course, can’t be beat, but most additions to ice cream are too hard when frozen. Oh, and trip food: Melt dark chocolate chips over a double boiler, stir in chow mein crispy noodles and pecans. Let set a few seconds on some wax paper. Yay.

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      Marian Allen
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      September 10, 2012 at 7:52am

      Flourless cake — YEAH! Like fudge, only not nasty. Your point about ice cream is SO right! That’s why I love Denali Moose Tracks. You take a bite and let it melt, leaving the bitey bits stranded on your tongue, where they melt. Hedonist? ME?

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      Marian Allen
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      September 10, 2012 at 7:53am

      Tim, your guy should try one of my bourbon balls. They would be too sweet for him, I’m sure, but the bourbonicity of them would probably make up for it.

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      • Jane

        September 10, 2012 at 9:42am

        Yes they WOULD!

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  2. Shelley Munro
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    September 10, 2012 at 6:36am

    Your list sounds about right to me ๐Ÿ™‚
    Um, does chocolate body paint count? My characters have a liking for it in my current WIP.
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      Marian Allen
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      September 10, 2012 at 7:55am

      No, I don’t think chocolate body paint counts. It wouldn’t for me, anyway. I like to concentrate on one deadly sin at a time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. Brinda Berry
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    September 10, 2012 at 7:44am

    I would gladly take any chocolate on your list of favorites. Yum… That’s cool about the origins of the delectable stuff. I don’t think I would have liked drinking it without the sugar (bitter and hull loaded), but I can see how it caught on quickly.

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      Marian Allen
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      September 10, 2012 at 1:25pm

      Thanks for thinking it up! I’m so happy to know there are so many other choco-fiends in the world. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. Mary
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    September 10, 2012 at 1:23pm

    What great facts on chocolate. Chocolate plays a role in my sci-fi. It’s donuts in the fantasy … ๐Ÿ™‚
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      Marian Allen
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      September 10, 2012 at 9:43pm

      Maryann, I’m glad you agree. Sara had some friends over once and I told them I was going to bake a cake for them. One of them said, “What kind of cake?” And I said, “I said ‘cake’, didn’t I?” And the kid said, “Oh, chocolate!” lol!

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      Marian Allen
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      September 10, 2012 at 9:45pm

      You’re quite welcome, Alex! Yes, I DO like the fancy stuff. My idea of counting calories is to make every calorie count! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      Marian Allen
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      September 12, 2012 at 2:37pm

      I see high-priced bars in the store of chocolate with chilis. And I know chocolate is a popular ingredient in chili, so why not chili in chocolate? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think the chocolatier in CHOCOLATE had an extra-special concoction of hot chocolate laced with chili pepper. Seems weird to me, though!

      Thanks for co-hosting the fest! It’s been lots of fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. The Capillary
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    September 13, 2012 at 3:40am

    I guess I never thought about whether or not my characters like chocolate. I don’t like chocolate so I guess most of them would end up being indifferent to it. Coffee on the other hand…

    Just stopping by from the Chocolate Blog Hop and saying hi!
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      Marian Allen
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      September 13, 2012 at 8:18am

      Oh, but that’s the fun of it, Capillary! Giving your characters tastes you don’t share. ๐Ÿ™‚ How about another of my favorites: chocolate-covered coffee beans? Mmmm…WOW!

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