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Does this picture look appetizing? Well if not, let me see if I can alter your mind’s eye….Close your eyes, your day was long and it feels good to sit on the couch, allow the cushions to envelop you, offering you support and comfort. Close your eyes and slide your feet up on the coffee table, you squeak a peak to make sure the kids don’t catch you doing the very thing you are constantly after them about doing that very thing themselves! Relax, keep your eyes closed, let the weight of your body sink into the couch. In your lap you have a bowl of decadent Chocolate Coconut covered Almonds. Your fingers fumble towards the bowl and slowly find a cluster of delight. As you bring the almond up to your lips you catch the rich, mouth watering aroma of the chocolate. You inhale slowly and deeply. The richness, the intensity, the sweetness and earthiness all mingle as one. Your sense of smell heightens as you pick up on lower notes and higher notes. You might describe the smell being characterized as toasted nuts or roasted coffee. Already with just the aroma of the chocolate, little endorphins are being released.
Your lips part as you put the almond between your teeth. TEXTURE is enormously important to the whole experience. The texture can be so seductive, that you may be more influenced by texture than by flavor. The crunch of the almond shows the quality of the well dehydrated almond. STOP!!! Resist the urge to chew and eat. Instead, hold the chocolate covered almond against the roof of your mouth and pass your tongue over the bottom of it, noticing first how it feels. Does the chocolate melt readily and feel smooth and creamy?
FLAVOR is the ultimate criterion for quality in any recipe you make. Because the texture can be so distracting, you might focus on flavor first, before considering texture. Either way, flavor begins to fill your mouth from the moment the chocolate begins to melt on your tongue.
At first there is so much pleasure in tasting the chocolate covered almond, it may be difficult to focus on the specifics of flavor. As with aroma, your first perception may be simply described as “chocolaty”, “coco-nutty” or even just “earthy”! As you begin to focus, forget today’s challenges or tomorrows To-Do List. Relax in the blissful quietness as you sit with your feet kicked up, snacking on this decedent treat…feel the peace, the quietness, ahhhhh, breath deeply….
“MOM!!!! SUZIE PEE’D ON THE FLOOR! HI HONEY, I AM HOME, WHAT’S FOR DINNER? WHERE ARE MY SHOES MOM?” Sorry, I hope you enjoyed it while it lasted. :)
**If remaining chocolate has begun to solidify too soon (which can happen in colder climates), float the vessel holding the chocolate in a small bowl of boiling water to slowly re-melt it into a liquid.
Recipe by Julie Morris