Dark Chocolate

…there is nothing better than the deep, rich taste of dark chocolate melting in your mouth.

What is it about chocolate that calls out to me in good times, in bad times and in times of stress and any time in between.

Chocolate comes to us from Mesoamerica. The Nahuatl word is xocolatl and is truly the drink and the gift of the gods.  The best cup of hot chocolate that I have ever had was in Playa del Carmen, at the Ah Cacao, chocolate cafe.  It was like drinking chocolate gold and was absolutely exquisite.

And if you happen to be in Barcelona, Spain, then you must check out the Chocolate Museum, where all the works of art and sculptures are made out of chocolate. Of course, they also have a chocolate shop where you can buy rich, rich,deep chocolate as well.  My favorite was the portrait of Dali done in shades of chocolate.

It was not until the Spanish conquest of Mexico that chocolate was introduced into Europe.

Dark chocolate has a substantial amount of antioxidants and has been much promoted recently for its health benefits.

Chocolate also contains alkaloids such as theobromine and phenethylamine, which produces psychological effects and makes you feel good.

Romantic love lore identifies chocolate as an aphrodisiac. The reputed aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate are most often associated with the simple sensual pleasure of its consumption. It could very well be those alkaloids at work.

Giving chocolate has become a familiar courtship ritual.

What would Valentine’s Day be without a heart-shaped box of chocolates or Easter without a chocolate bunny.

And there is nothing better than a box of rich, dark chocolate after a break-up.

And who hasn’t read, Roald Dahl’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate  Factory, and hasn’t fantasized about being a child on that journey?

The gods most definitely gave us a gift in Cacao.

And so I will continue to consume deep, rich, dark chocolate as I await  the arrival of my beloved.

9 Responses to “Dark Chocolate”

  1. Charlene Says:

    Until I was diagnosed as a Diabetic, I would have truly shunned dark chocolate. I’m not a huge chocolate fan but white chocolate is a favorite. Now that I cannot enjoy as much of the sweet stuff, I have found a love for the dark stuff. 🙂

  2. riGeL Says:

    i’m glad to know i was the oNe that took you to drink that hot chocolate in Playa del Carmen. besos,
    -riGeL

    • Sex, Spirit & Soul Mates....Ivonne's Journey Says:

      yes, that is definitely one of the places that I want to go back and visit, the chocolate shop in Playa del Carmen…..

  3. notjustagranny Says:

    Hi Ivonne, loved this post. as a chocolate addict it reasonates into my very soul :). You have given me an idea for my daughter… a place to visit when in Spain in Sept. I will tell her about the chocolate museum in Barcelona and about the Dali potrait…she loves Dali. one of her goals is to visit all the capitals of the world, so i will give her a heads up for Barcelona. thanks :

  4. betterchocolate Says:

    There is a brand of dark Belgian chocolates called Xocai. What makes them different is that their products aren’t cooked or “dutched”. They use a cold-press process that saves so much of the natural nutrients in the cocoa, each serving delivers twice the antioxidants found in other healthy chocolate brands and several times that of some of the best antioxidant rich vegetables. There’s no caffeine, no added processed sugars, waxes or trans fats. In fact (though you wouldn’t know it by taste) these chocolates are called “diabetic friendly”.

    In recent weeks, I have talked at length with people in my area using Xocai and the testimonials they consistently offer are surprising. There are doctors who praise these products very highly as they too have some astounding stories about some of their patients using Xocai chocolates.

    People are becoming more and more nutrient/health food oriented. At one time or another just about everyone has heard about the scientific data and university studies showing the benefits of eating dark chocolates. There’s some good product information at http://xbnlive.com/betterchocolate

    You are invited to join in, be healthier eating Xocai dark chocolates and share your story with others. Contact me if you have any questions or interest. If I don’t have all the answers you need, I’ll see to it that you get them.

    Mark McInturf
    mmcinturf@charter.net

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  6. radaronelson Says:

    I have 3 Achilles heels, German Chocolate cake, swiss miss rolls, and chocolate ice cream.

    • Sex, Spirit, Soul Mates and Chocolate....Ivonne's Journey Says:

      Who are you kidding, you have a lot more than 3–lol
      🙂

      Ivonne

      • radaronelson Says:

        LOL well yes this is true.


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