November 16, 2010

What can I say about chocolate…velvety, luscious chocolate? Bless those heavenly, mood-enhancing, bittersweet, sensuous cocoa bean of the Gods. It is an unusual evening when I don’t end my day with a piece of dark chocolate, dissolving it on my tongue ever so graciously as it sends my heart a flutter.

As a child, I was rather odd in terms of my candy preferences. I didn’t like hard sweets or sugary lollies. Occasionally I would enjoy some of those little yellow and green pineapple lollies or ‘nerds’, these were the delicious exceptions. However I would never seek candy out, nor relish its presence at birthday parties. My heart was sold to a far more delicious treat…chocolate.

I simply adored chocolate. Sweet, melt-in-your-mouth divinity. Clearly my adoration has not faltered. I just loved playing the chocolate dice game at birthday parties, where we would all sit in a circle and roll a dice, hoping for a six so we could dress up and eat chocolate with a knife and fork, all the while giggling hysterically. The sight of that royal purple Cadbury chocolate block meant that fun and deliciousness was in store.

Easter was a favourite time of year, as mum would hide Easter eggs around our garden and I would grab a little basket and eagerly hunt and gather little chocolate eggs. They never lasted long. My bother would keep his chocolate Easter Bunnies for months and months, and it was all I could do to not sneak into his adjacent room and take an ear…or two (the ears are the best bit!).

These days, my chocolate affairs are a little more mature, even sultry. Whether carefully peeling back the foil of a newly purchased block of dark chocolate and relishing the first touch to my lips, popping a Lindt ball into my mouth and delighting as it melts and oozes silken gold, or demolishing a perfectly poised chocolate fondant with a spoon and watching with gleeful eyes as the gooey, rich centre spills forth, I love my chocolate.

The other day, Ben and I shared a milk hot chocolate at the Lindt café. The perfect way to indulge a mid-afternoon chocolate craving.

A smooth, silky, sumptuous sweet stream of pure indulgence.

Heavenly. Decadent. Enchanting.

Heidi xo
  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 16, 2010 at 11:45 am

    oh my – I now have the biggest hot choc craving!!

  • Boredom Abounds November 16, 2010 at 11:46 am

    God, that looks amazing! I still haven't been to the Lindt cafe – will have to try the Chadstone one next time I'm there.

  • Michelle Chin November 16, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I felt that lindt's chocolate drinks are a bit too sweet for my tastes. Maybe it's because I grow up loving dark chocolate

  • Hannah November 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Wow, I've never been interested in hot chocolates but you make that look so indulgent and divine! At the same time, I'm desperately upset that I never played the chocolate dice game as a kind. The tragedy!

  • Heidi November 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Lisa – yes, sorry about that. I knew cravings would ensue 🙂

    Boredom Abounds – you must try it!

    Michelle – it is very sweet. It is not every day you crave this. It is good to share one, like we did, to dilute it a little 🙂 I haven't tried their dark hot chocolate yet, have you?

    Hannah – This cannot be true! I insist you play it at your next party. Or better yet, throw a party just so you can play that game. And invite me. Or you could always play it by yourself… maybe that is a bit too lame.

    Heidi xo

  • Chanel11 November 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    OMG – instant chocolate euphoria – can't beat it

  • Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella November 16, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    That is pure chocolate food porn 😛

  • grace November 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    eGAD, that top shot is amazing! i've never been one to consider myself obsessed with chocolate, but that image alone is causing me to rethink my entire existence. 🙂

  • Heidi November 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Chanel11 – no, no you cant 🙂

    Lorraine – oh yeah, I know it 😉

    Grace – thank you! hehe.

    Heidi xo

  • Ashley November 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Ah, I'm exactly like you! I've never been fond of boiled candies and jellybeans, but chocolate, now that is my vice for sweet things! 🙂

    Lindt do a pretty darn good hot chocolate, although just quietly I am a bigger fan of Koko black. 😉

  • laurak November 16, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    What beautiful photographs, as always Heidi!
    I feel like such a bad Melbournian…I did not even know there was such a thing as the Lindt Cafe! Probably a combination of my lactose-avoidance as well as Chadstone-avoidance I think!
    But that drink does look mouthwatering…it makes me think of the gluttonous Augustus Gloop and the chocolate river in Willy Wonka!
    Laura 🙂

  • hollypop November 17, 2010 at 9:17 am

    chocolate chocolate yum yum yum!
    your love of chocolate is very civilised. i'm more of a nom nom nom get in my belly kind of chocolate lover.

  • ~Lisa~ November 17, 2010 at 11:12 am

    You are a fantastic writer. And your photos are beautiful. Thank for stopping by my site and voting. It really means the world to me (= I truly appreciate your lovely comment. And if I made you a bit "clucky" then I guess i'm doing something right. (= Thanks again Heidi.

  • Anna Johnston November 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Must, must, must go to the Lindt Cafe, these photos are seductively close to food porn methinks.., just wonderful 🙂

  • Angela (the diet book junkie) November 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    omygoodness, there are 3 Lindt Chocolate Cafes within walking distance from my place. we don't go very often, but just knowing that it's there makes me happy.:)

  • The InTolerant Chef November 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I hope you bought enough to share!

  • Heidi November 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Ashley – I should probably have another koko black hot chocolate. Just so I'm sure of my favourite – purely for research.

    Laura – thank you 🙂 & yes, just like the chocolate river!

    hollypop – whilst I try to be civilised, I still ALWAYS end up with chocolate (and food in general) all over my face and clothes.

    Anna – thank you! & yes, you must go.

    Angela – oh, lucky you!

    Heidi xo

  • Heidi November 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    InTolerant Chef – we were rather conservative this trip. I tend to get overwhelmed and need to go in with a plan! Otherwise I get carried away with all the pretty colours and exotic flavours 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear November 17, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Mouthwatering pictures…

  • Heidi November 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Lisa – sorry, missed you before!! You're so sweet, thank you! And yes, your video made me v clucky 🙂
    Heidi xo

  • Emma @CakeMistress November 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Desperately craving a hot chocolate on my lunch break now. They're great photos!

  • Lisa Walker November 19, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Stunning. Chocolate never looked so sweet!