Who likes chocolate?
BY KELLY JAMIESON
In my January release With Strings Attached, my heroine Corey is a chocolatier. She makes fine, hand-crafted chocolates. She actually makes the chocolate herself, from raw cacao beans which she imports from a plantation in Brazil. She roasts them, then grinds them to remove the husks. Then she grinds the winnowed beans again to liquefy the cocoa butter and adds other ingredientsâ€” sugar and milk powder, sometimes vanilla. The mixture next goes into a conch machine, where rollers continuously knead the batch of chocolate liquor and ingredients for several hours. Itâ€™s a labor intensive process, but she produces amazing chocolates, which she charges a premium price for. Â
Chocolate is something a lot of people are passionate about. Strangely, Iâ€™m not one of them. Donâ€™t get me wrong â€“ I like it. But Iâ€™m not a â€œchocoholicâ€ and rarely get a craving for it. But I do like good chocolate. At Christmas when we end up with boxes of chocolates people give at work or as hostess gifts, Iâ€™m really not even interested if theyâ€™re cheap and waxy. Iâ€™d rather eat one really good, dark chocolate truffle than a bunch of bleh chocolate.
Why do some people like chocolate so much? Well, chocolate actually has â€œfeel good propertiesâ€. In With Strings Attached, Corey tells her surfer buddy Dylan:
â€œEating chocolate is a sensory experienceâ€” itâ€™s smooth and rich. Dark chocolate is the only food that makes our brain produce endorphins, just like an orgasm.â€
Dylan choked on his beer. â€œUhâ€¦well, thatâ€™s good!â€
She grinned. â€œItâ€™s true. Chocolate boosts serotonin, the brainâ€™s antidepressant, and it stimulates the secretion of endorphins, which helps with stress levels and even pain. And there are anti-oxidants in it that protect our body from damaging free radicals.â€
So I guess I can see why some people become addicted to chocolate! Thatâ€™s some good stuff!
Are you a chocoholic who craves it? Can you take it or leave it? Anyone hate chocolate? Â
Kelly Jamieson is a best-selling author of over twenty romance novels and novellas. Her writing has been described as â€œemotionally complexâ€, â€œsweet and satisfyingâ€ and â€œblisteringly sexyâ€.