Decadence

Every Valentines Day for as long as I can remember, there has been a study that confirms that women prefer chocolate to sex. Chocolate is the food of gods, as a gift from Ixcacao to help us endure life’s knocks. The earth is a womb and tomb. In between life snd death, we breed (if we choose to) and enjoy a few pleasures. You’ll notice the cast of Superficial settling their differences over snacks as a motif in the story. I have yet to have a box of chocolate refused as an apology after an argument with friends. Nami is ubiquitous with her chocolate cigarettes at parties. I whole heartedly agree with J.K. Rowling and Rhys Bowen’s writing styles that food helps the reader immerse themselves in a story and wine and chocolate is Superficial’s controlled substances of choice. 

I’ll try to make the effort to cite recipes and resources on blog. Perhaps one day there’ll be a cook book!

To start, here’s a chantico recipe from Starbucks:

3 cups of powdered, sweetened milk chocolate

1 cup of whole milk. 

Instructions

Warm milk in a saucepan and stir in the powder.

 

 

Drinking Chocolate

If you can’t find the rich decadent, moist as garden soil, powdered chocolate that Starbucks uses, here’s an alternative courtesy of Spicy Perspecive.com:

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate bars
  • 1 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extractInstructions
  • Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a sauce pot. Set the pot over medium-low heat and add the milk, cream, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • Stir until the chocolate comes to a low simmer and the drinking chocolate is completely smooth and slightly thickened.
  • The drinking chocolate should be substantially thicker than classic hot chocolate, but not as thick as chocolate fondue. If it is too thin, simmer a little longer. If it is too thick, add another 1/4 cup milk. Ladle into mugs and enjoy immediately.

 

French Hot Chocolate

This stuff has espresso, so it’s perfect for all nighters! Courtesy of Well Plated.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional, but delicious for intensifying chocolate flavor)
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, at least 70%, chopped*
  • Giant bowl of whipped cream, for serving

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the whole milk, heavy cream, powdered sugar, and espresso powder until small bubbles appear around the edges. Do not allow the mixture to boil.
  2. Remove from saucepan from the heat and stir in the chopped chocolate until melted, returning the sauce to low heat if needed for the chocolate to melt completely. Serve warm, topped with lots of whipped cream.

 

Enjoy your treats. Life on an overpopulated planet is too harsh to endure without them….

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