Chocolate mice, what’s that all about? Edibles don’t get much worse do they? A slightly deformed rodent made from greyish chocolate that actually tastes more of mouse than chocolate.
So, Chocolate Week is almost over, did you notice it or did it pass you by? It’s meant to be the nation’s favourite themed week and has been running for ten years. Well, who would have guessed it? Of course it’s mainly
focussed and really just an opportunity for chocolate companies to get together
at Chocolate Show London to show off their latest chocolaty stuff. Chocolate
Show London, what a grand name – mind you chocolate makers call themselves
chocolatiers, so that’s hardly surprising.
Personally I don’t get the whole chocolate thing. I’m not a huge fan and my relationship with the dark brown substance is patchy. Of course, as a child I used to cram my face with a selection box or two at Christmas, but I never really enjoyed the chocolate experience. I think that it was the lack of chocolate for the rest of the year that made me do it, that and the fact that I was piggy greedy. The Christmas tree was always covered in cheap, hollow, chocolate baubles. Foil wrapped soldiers, shiny pine cones, even chocolate stockings which were tied to the branches with thin golden string. We weren’t allowed to eat them until after the Christmas tree needles had fallen all over the lino and by then they just tasted of Christmas tree and dust.
At Easter it was all about chocolate eggs, although again I never really got into the Easter chocolate thing. Easter was so boring – all crucifixion and hot cross bun - a non-event and a hollow Easter egg or two was never going to change that. This was before the big companies started filling their eggs with mini-sweets, so all you got inside your egg was air. Besides, I preferred Black Jacks, Fruit Salads, liquorice, and sherbet to Mars,
Bounties, and Chocolate Buttons.
Chocolate is a take it or leave it thing with me. I can go months without a piece, then crave a Turkish Delight or a
and Nut. When I eat it I’m always disappointed with the taste; it never quite
lives up to the smell and I don’t like the texture of chocolate unless it’s
been in the fridge. I can’t stand hot drinking chocolate, chocolate spread,
chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, or even chocolate flavoured beer; and as
for white chocolate (which isn’t chocolate at all) it’s like eating milky
powdered dirt despite the Milky Bars being on me. square of Fruit
No, I’m not a chocolate lover as you probably realise by now. I know that I’m in a minority, particularly among the ladies who scream about chocolate being gorgeous, or heaven, or even to die for, but in all honesty I don’t want to die for a Cadbury’s Cream Egg. In fact I can’t think of anything worse; it’s a gooey, sugary, chocolate coated mess that tastes nothing like an egg at all.
It doesn’t explain why I’m so fat though.