Chocolate Celebration!


First a little music to get us in the mood for a chocolate celebration, here’s the You Tube link to Chocolate by Soul Control: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbaRFShF_D0&feature=related I tried to find a You Tube video of the Chenille Sisters singing their song “Chocolate” but had no such luck. However at the end of this post are the lyrics to the song.

I love chocolate, not as much as coffee. Or waves. But then well coffee is coffee and waves are just fascinating. I do have to say though that chocolate seriously ranks up there in the list of my favorite things. And oh the things that can be done with it! Chocolate mousse! Chocolate chip cookies! Chocolate candy! Chocolate and coffee is practically an orgasmic experience– by this I mean several squirts of dark bitter sweet chocolate sauce mixed with 4 shots of well prepared espresso. Oh baby! And then there is chocolate ganache and chocolate truffles. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Oh lately I have been enjoying milk chocolate with almonds and sea salt. And chocolate with cherries and chili peppers. Yum! Life is too short to not have chocolate. It is one of the food groups.

Tonight I went to the Chocolate Classic at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado. Here’s a replica of the Hotel Jerome made out of chocolate cake.

The Chocolate Classic is a fundraiser for Response which is a non-profit organization that helps the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Several restaurants sent their pastries chefs to compete for the title of the best chocolate recipe.

Also individuals and children were offered the chance to compete. There was a silent auction to raise money with all proceeds going to Response.

A band played in the lobby.

And the place was filled with people enjoying chocolate!

CHOCOLATE
The Chenille Sisters/Mary Stribling

Chocolate is great. Chocolate is grand.
Melts in your mouth. Melts in your hand.
Chocolate is love. Mm-mm-mm-mm-mm.

Chocolate is hip. Chocolate is now.
Beans from Brazil, milk from the cow.
Chocolate is love. Mm-mm-mm-mm-mm.

Please don’t mention
The chemical connection
Chocolate makes in my head.
It’s Swiss Miss I’m drinkin’
Eatin’ Hershey bars and thinkin’
If I can’t be in love, I’ll have a truffle instead.

Cocoa is warm. Fudgsicles chill.
Whatever the form, it’s always a thrill.
Chocolate is love. Mm-mm-mm-mm-mm.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen,
Chocolate is a big part of our lives
And we would like to share with you now
Our testimonials in hopes that each
And every one of you will accept
Chocolate into your lives.

At night, I dream of hot fudge on ice cream.
Snickers are fine, Milk Duds divine.
Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Chocolate Chip is a trip.
I couldn’t survive-a without my Godiva.
I eat a Chunky when I feel funky.
A tollhouse cookie is better than nookie.
N-E-S-T-L-E-S, Nestlés makes the very best.
Chocolate is love. Mm-mm-mm-mm-mm.

[Recorded by The Chenille Sisters on “Mama, I Wanna Make Rhythm,” Red House, 1999.]