Today we have a wildly specific national day to celebrate. Bittersweet chocolate is chocolate that’s less sweet than semisweet chocolate. It supposedly has health benefits when consumed in “small quantities,” which, much like wine, means just enough to fill a lab rat and not enough to satisfy a human.
This was my least favorite thing to doodlewash to date and reminded me of an art class assignment I had once. The instructor set up a horribly dull and boring still life of various blocks and told us that we could only use shades of brown. Though an intriguing exercise on the surface, the resulting “masterpieces” looked like someone had defecated on 20 canvases. We ended up dubbing this strangely appalling exercise “The Symphony of Sh*t.”
As for chocolate, I’m more of a dark chocolate fan myself as it pairs well with a glass of wine. When we met, he wanted to get some Reese’s peanut butter cups because they aren’t sold in France. We bought a bag of miniatures and nearly made ourselves sick consuming them all. Not a particularly great thing to do on your first date. We haven’t touched them since.
Another type of chocolate fairly unique to the States are Hershey’s Kisses. These seem harmless enough, but Philippe wouldn’t touch them. He says he tried them once when someone smuggled them into his laboratory in Paris. I asked him what the problem was and he said it was horrible and didn’t taste like real chocolate. One of his French colleagues described the experience by saying, “it was like biting into a fart.”
Every so often when we’re out shopping, Philippe will suddenly get a craving for chocolate. He looks for the highest percentage of cocoa he can find. This is a little much for me. I tried a bite of his over 90% cocoa bar he was so proud to discover and it was a little too strong for my American tastes. Not only did it immediately shatter like glass upon biting into it, it was difficult to swallow down. But I guess that’s why one should always have a glass of wine nearby.
The specificity of this day makes it rather hard to celebrate as dark chocolate is not the same as bittersweet chocolate. It must be bittersweet and must include almonds in order to join in the fun. If you happen to enjoy precisely this and only this recipe, then this is your day. Congratulations! If not, then treat yourself to the chocolate of your choosing, with or without nuts, and enjoy. On a weird chocolate day like this one, I’m sure it’s okay to fudge a little.