10 December 2010

day 10::chocolate


When I was growing up, Advent Calendars were very straightforward - it was rewarding enough to find out what was behind each randomly placed door.  By the time I was buying them for my son - no time for home-made creations -  they came with little chocolates behind each door.  I thought I ought to be moving a little more with the times, so today we have chocolate in our calendar.

I have been craving chocolate more than anything else in the last couple of weeks and Charbonnel and Walker is my chocolate of choice - no sugary powder, just gratings of chocolate to melt into your hot milk.  It's so good that I've decided to keep it in the cellar rather than the kitchen because otherwise I would want a cup every time I had to get the porridge or olive oil or whatever out of the cupboard.  I mean, I know it's not Lent, but a little bit of self control is necessary here otherwise things might get completely out of hand.

5 comments:

Felix said...

I cannot stop drinking hot chocolate at the moment either. It is such a lovely bastion against the evil cold.

To tell you the truth, though, I really miss those glittery, poorly-registered cheapo printed advent-calendars of my youth and the chocolate in the new fangled modern ones doesn't taste as good as a decent lindt bar.

I use options low fat hot chocolate in order to stop things from getting totally out of hand around here, but I prefer your solution; less often, more tastiness...

Felix said...

I cannot stop drinking hot chocolate at the moment either. It is such a lovely bastion against the evil cold.

To tell you the truth, though, I really miss those glittery, poorly-registered cheapo printed advent-calendars of my youth and the chocolate in the new fangled modern ones doesn't taste as good as a decent lindt bar.

I use options low fat hot chocolate in order to stop things from getting totally out of hand around here, but I prefer your solution; less often, more tastiness...

Anonymous said...

We have very tasteful non chocolate advent calendars in this house every year - this year its the National Portrait Gallery and in previous years it has been the V and A or the National Gallery. Far too tasteful really but I love the way that this year's NPG one has a bird cut from a portrait of Joe Gormley, Sid Weighell and Tom Jackson (trade union heavyweights of my childhood) for day one. But lest you think this is the house of self restraint I have to confess that the reason we don't have the chocolate ones is because the chocolate in those is small and not very nice. Each year for the past decade or so we have refilled one of those cheap plasstic drawer thingies you get to keep nails or screws in. We get a big tin of Celebrations and some Heroes and put three of each (has to be the same chocolate for all three kids in each day to stop rows) in each of the 25 appropriately marked drawers. Gets the kids out of bed without too much grumbling each morning. Maybe once they've grown up Pete and I will fill it for ourselves.

Joan

Rattling On said...

I'm more of a Horlicks fan myself, but I think I could be persuaded to the occasional hot choc!
We bought the girls outrageously expensive advent calendars from a swanky chocolate shop in Berlin. The chocs are enormous and beautifully moulded. Don't feel so bad about the cost now!

Liz said...

I remember the year we had to succumb to chocolate advent calendars after complaints from our two about the glittery non choc versions we always bought. Had a most delicious hot chocolate in Krakow the other day - topped off with grated coconut and so thick I had to consume it with a spoon.