There have been so many occassions of chocolate over the past 264 days, that it’s hard to not experience aspects of deja vu on this, a National Chocolate Day. The List is extremely dessert heavy in general, as it turns out, so chocolate was ineveitably going to be a hot item. So far, some of the chocolate treats that have come up have been Cream-Filled Chocolate Day, National Chocolate Souffle Day, National Black Forest Cake Day, American German Chocolate Cake Day… it’s basicaly about three to eight chocolate things each month.
So, as we hit National Chocolate Day, you can see how my modes of celebration begin to look and feel quite familiar. After my belly felt like it was beginning to heal from the day before’s BBQ Beef Brisquet sandwich, a big cup of chocolate malt Ovaltine sounded like an ideal way to begin National Chocolate Day. Made with vanilla almond milk, this stuff tastes so delicious that I think could charge $3 per glass and never hear a gripe. I’m not lactose intollerant. I can tollerate it. Vanilla almond milk is just better.
Moving on in the day, since my daughter was attending a Halloween party this afternoon, it was very certain that more chocolate celebration was going to be readily available with little to no effort, and with absolute certainty, this became so. There were chocolate chip cookies, little iced Halloween brownies, and an enormous bin of little mini Whoppers, Kit Kats. Whoppers and Milk Duds, two of which just happen to be my absolute favorite candies. An astounding coincidence!
For the evening portion of today’s celebration of chocolate, though, it seemed that something unique had to be eaten. Not necessarily an epic choclate treat, but something that my palate would find interesting and my eyes would not necessarily recognize right off. This was accomplished with a chocolate carrot cake that I found at the Fresh Market bakery. I’ve said before that you can improve just about any already yummy dessert by just adding some chocolate to it, and whoever baked this chocolate carrot cake thing up must have thoroughly agreed. Chocolate carrot cake is the thing pictured up top there, behind the thing that destroyed me in two bites. The triple chocolate cake, also from Fresh Market, was so rich I just couldn’t go on. Two bites! Embarassing, right? It’s funny, I can eat steak all day. Ice cream, I’ll do a double scoop on a chocolate dipped cone. But cheese cake and really good chocolate cakes? Forget about it!
You know, they say chocolate is an aphrodisiac of sorts. I guess that theory will be well tested tonight. Happy National Chocolate Day!
See you Monday for National Oatmeal Day.