This was one of my favorite kinds of chocolate bars when I was young. For those unfamiliar, Twix originated in the UK in the late 60’s and was introduced to the US in the late 70’s when I was still in grade school. They typically came in pairs of two biscuits covered in caramel and milk chocolate. The name is a radical shortening of “twin biscuits” or what the literary would call a portmanteau, which is an overly long and complex word to describe smushing words together into one, like smog and Microsoft. Later, they would make a ton of different “flavor” options, but I’d graduated to plain old dark chocolate bars by then. I guess it was seeing all the recent Halloween candy on display in stores last month that made this one pop into my head first. Either way, it’s a good excuse to try one again!
Though I loved these treats growing up, I discovered wine pairs far better with a deep dark rich chocolate so that’s my true favorite these days. Also, I love the simplicity and intensity of a pure chocolate flavor. My absolute preferred chocolate is Christopher Elbow, our Kansas City chocolatier, now also available in San Francisco. These chocolates are rather expensive, so they’re only consumed on birthdays and holidays, but they’re a wonderful treat that’s worth every penny in the pleasure they provide. What I love most about these chocolates is that they are visually stunning. Each one is painted in an array of elegant and beautiful patterns making them each a tiny bite-sized work of art. And the taste is equally amazing, so the entire experience is magical.
As I grow older, I’ve past the time where I can just consume any little piece of chocolate sitting about. Mostly because of that damn slower metabolism I’ve mentioned here before. But these are the little treats from my past that I remember dearly. The ones that made life happy. And as we head into an important election here in the States tomorrow, it’s the little things like this that can make me manage to feel good about life. As a kid, I could never have guessed that an openly misogynistic racist would actually be a serious candidate for high office. But that’s the funny thing about childhood. We can’t always see what was always around us and what our country was really like. In my youth, it was simply a collection of wonderful people, all different and beautifully interesting. It’s still that way for me today. And I continue to hope that hate will lose and the loving among us will help everyone realize we’re all just twin biscuits, trying each day to make our lives more wonderful.
About the Doodlewash
Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Quinacridone Gold, Carmine, and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.