My cousin’s friend started a chocolate company, headquartered here in my town, that’s been getting rave reviews and sweeping awards in chocolate contests, including a recent one in San Francisco where they were the first U.S. company to even place in the contest. We found out the chocolate can be purchased from the BYU Bookstore, so I asked Dean to buy me a couple bars of it and to pick up a couple for my mom. He brought home just two bars. I said, “My mom wanted at least two and I wanted two–why did you buy so few?” He said the chocolate costs $7 for a 2 ounce bar. “Oh. Yeah, I’d better check and see if my mom still wants it at that price.” He said–and I am not making this up:
“You and your mom and sisters should have a chocolate tasting party.”
So we did. I put the chocolate in my Easter basket and then brought it to my Mom’s house on Easter weekend. The women got to taste the chocolate first, but there was enough for the men and some of the children to have a taste, too. (You may note that the sequencing is appropriately slightly different here from the order in which one saves people from a sinking ship.)
We had a bar of Amano Jembrana milk chocolate, one each of the dark Ocumare and the dark Madagascar, and a couple of bars of Lindt dark chocolate to compare it with. The Amano chocolate’s flavors come from the native soils in which the cacao beans are grown, and it’s surprising how much difference that makes. I’m pretty eager to try the other Amano flavors now. I was frankly hoping that I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the less expensive and more expensive chocolate but, people, YOU CAN TELL. Those who don’t normally like milk chocolate loved the Jembrana milk chocolate, and we all loved the darks, although some preferred the tangier Madagascar and others liked the mellower Ocumare. In comparison with the Amano, I thought the Lindt dark chocolate tasted like dirt. (Plain old dirt. As opposed to overtones from exotic soils.)
Oh, and my sister Mary told us that after years of wondering, it finally occurred to her to look up the pronunciation of cacao. It’s pronounced “kuhKAYoh.” Maybe you already knew that. I always tried to pronounce it kind of like cocoa, or sometimes as “kuhKOW,” but felt misgivings.
But enough about chocolate, let’s talk about CUTE BABIES. Or one cute baby. MY cute baby:
Hazel immediately loved this duck that came in her Easter basket. I think she identified with its tuft hairstyle.