I’m going to take a pause from my deer hunting adventures to share with you what showed up on my doorstep yesterday. I think my non-hunting oriented readers might need a rest. Plus I want to talk about chocolate. This chocolate.
It comes from a charming chocolate factory called Charles Chocolates in Emeryville, California.
His things are really a work of art and the flavors he uses are quite unique. On a recent visit I had lavender flavored chocolates and a s’more the size of a small child.
But here is what is most artful about the work at Charles Chocolates…
The box that holds the chocolates is made of chocolate! And it has edible snow flakes on it.
Look! The lid of the box even has a ridge on it so it fits snugly. Now if that’s not attention to detail than I don’t know what is.
And look inside….butterflies, polka dots, blue snowflakes…
This is the “Winter Collection.” The fact that he has a winter collection is impressive enough. I can barely pull together a winter wardrobe.
It is true that chocolate often incites an emotional response in people. I’ve never been one of those people even though I do enjoy it very much. So as a true litmus test I put a family member on the job.
The blurryness of this photo best conveys her glee.
This butterfly has peanut butter in it with a little bit of crunch. The dark chocolate outside takes you from bitter to sweet. It is a special experience.
This snowflake has a stiff dark caramel inside. And incited the biggest “MMMM” sounds I’d ever heard. The sounds sort of went like this, mmmMMMMMmmm, like a siren.
And then she said “Tell him I want to marry him in my next life.”
And then she aggressively took the butterfly from my hand.
And had a moment of silence while she ate it.
Then we dove into the “tripple chocolate almonds.” People started getting hostile because I was taking too many pictures and they wanted to be eating them. So I dolled them out to fend off a riot.
Thank you Charles Chocolate. Your work makes people laugh, cry, and contemplate leaving their husbands. You’re a true culinary genius.