by Pat Stoltey
I’ll be writing about chocolate from time to time. It’s good for you, it’s delicious, and I'm a bit of an addict...so I quickly volunteered for the assignment as soon as Chiseled in Rock guru Gusto Dave suggested the topic.
A chocolate tour is in the works. Alas, I won't go to every single location in person. My network of chocolate lovers in the field will help me out. If you have a great chocolate company or chocolate-themed cafe in your town, let me know.
The Chocolate Café in Fort Collins, Colorado will be my own first real-time stop on the tour. I’m thinking very seriously about blowing three or four days’ calories on the Espresso Tower: A Light and Fluffy Dessert with a Chocolate Cake base, followed with an Espresso Mousse and topped with Ganache. Whatever I choose, I’ll take a picture for you before I take a bite.
Adopting a chocolate theme for a restaurant or coffee shop is not unique to Fort Collins. There is a Chocolate Café in Columbus, Ohio; Café Chocolate in Lilith, Pennsyvania; The Chocolate Café in Eastham, Massachusetts; Lily O’Brien’s Chocolate Café in Waterford, Ireland; Laurent’s Café and Chocolate Bar in Singapore; 100% Chocolate Café in Tokyo; Chocolate Café in Smolensk, Russia; Chocolait in Melbourne, Australia; and that’s only a tiny sampling from my Internet search. The world loves chocolate.
Chocolate is a big international business. Godiva was founded in Brussels, Belgium. Ghirardelli was founded in North America by an Italian immigrant. See’s is based in San Francisco. Lindt (my personal favorite) is a Swiss company that expanded using an Italian recipe. The list of great chocolate companies is never ending. American companies are big like Hershey’s which produces assembly line treats or small like the wonderful Lowery’s Candies in Muncie, Indiana which produces homemade candy in relatively small batches.
Chocolate becomes a reward when we writers want to celebrate and a consolation prize when we’re disappointed.
A writer without a stash of chocolate is like a cat without catnip, like a dog without a bone, like a baby without a pacifier…
How would you finish that sentence?