Vegan MoFo Day 13 – I Love You Vegan Chocolate…

I was never a big chocolate fan…

(Please don’t throw things at me. I’m sorry.)

Let’s start over.

I was a late-bloomer in the chocolate department.

(That’s better. Now you won’t reject me or find me alien. Whew.)

As a child, I was far more interested in light, sugary tastes or even caramel, but chocolate just didn’t do it for me. I never picked the Hostess Cup Cakes. I was a Twinkie girl. My favorite birthday cake flavor was lemon with lemon frosting. I’d pick jelly beans over a chocolate bunny and day of the week.

I’m not saying I disliked chocolate, but I just didn’t get what all the fuss was all about. Especially with women who were, geeze, like my mum’s age (from the Cretaceous period or something, or so it seemed to the Littlefish I was). They just went on and on about chocolate as if it were some kind of cute guy they couldn’t get enough of. Or a drug.

I can’t tell you when exactly it was that I came to the Dark Side…and I mean that sincerely, because while milk chocolate used to be fun from time to time, it was only after really getting to know dark chocolate or chocolat noir that I began to understand that there was something special about the stuff.

The beauty of the dark chocolate is that it is nearly always vegan! Hurrah for vegan food! Vegan chocolate! Vegan goodness! Do read your labels and all, kids, but here in France, where the peeps are more dark aficionados, one discusses the quality of his or her chocolat noir as they would their wine – it’s très serious. All this quality and care of the dark chocolate is really just wonderful for those who wish to avoid ingesting mammalian secretions, because as any artisan de chocolat or chocolate craftsman can tell you, pure dark chocolate would be tainted by any milk products.

I couldn’t agree more…

I want to thank you all most sincerely for the encouragement and kindness in your comments yesterday. I really needed them, and was pouring over them before leaving for work this morning. I did indeed quit, and while it was very unpleasant, I do feel relieved for it to be out in the open and official. It’s rather bitter-sweet, because while I feel so much lighter having freed myself of a horrible psychological burden, I now have to try to find a replacement job ASAP because while it was only a few hours a week, the paycheck made a large difference in our month-to-monthness.

Enter the chocolate.

As is the case of many French towns, we have multiple chocolateries, but I have a little weakness for one in particular. They specialize in chocolates from Belgium (though they make the majority of their wares in their shoppe). I spotted this beauty last week while buying a little chocolate love for some friends, and I just couldn’t resist. Dark chocolate with mint leaves? Brilliant. I love mint-chocolate, but I’d never, ever had chocolate with mint leaves, only extract. And the ingredient list has only 6 items! Just the pure cocoa goodness, sugar, mint leaves, vanilla and emulsifier. Ta da! Needless to say, I broke into my little mint-chocolate stash this afternoon. Helped me take the edge off…

I’m not going to get all preachy about the touted health-food aspects of chocolate. These are still hotly debated benefits in the medical community, and if you closely examine ANY study done on the benefits of chocolate you will find the names of the heavy-hitters in the food industry and their cousins, the agribusiness goons, who all have ties to the major candy manufacturers in the world. Am I saying it’s all bunk? No. But should we really trust them to tell us what’s really good for us? (Cause, you know, they were SO telling the truth about drinking all that cow’s milk…). Just saying we shouldn’t be cracking that fudgy-smudged smug grin too soon.

But hey, good for us or not…who cares? It’s chocolate.

24 thoughts on “Vegan MoFo Day 13 – I Love You Vegan Chocolate…

  1. So glad to hear you came around to loving chocolate!! And wow, actual mint leaves in chocolate? That sounds fancy… I love mint with my chocolate!!

    Very sorry to hear about the work situation… hope things work themselves out soon.

  2. I agree that chocolate is great but it can be overdone. The mint leaf bar sounds divine but I really want someone to create a first class vegan milk chocolate bar. Something a little sweeter and creamier for when that’s what you are in the mood for. I’ve had the Terra Nostra rice milk bars and they just aren’t it. I’d play with it myself if tempering chocolate didn’t make me break out in panic sweats.

    Good luck with the job hunt!

  3. Oh my goodness. Not a chocolate fan? I think I must have been fed on chocolate formula as a baby! Always loved it. But glad you’ve now come over!

    And congrats on leaving the unsatisfying, energy-draining job. Will eagerly look forward to reading about what’s up next for Shellyfish! :)

  4. yep, chocolate is awesome. and with mint leaves?! awesome. and congrats on quitting the job you hate. i understand how hard that is..i worked a dead ender for 2 years (and couldn’t believe i’d been there that long) mostly because i felt they needed me and i needed the money and all my friends worked near me… but it was killing my mental health, so the day i quit i count as one of the best in my near past. you will feel so much better, i promise! and you’ll find something else soon, if you need it.

  5. You are the first person, other than myself, that I’ve ever heard say … out loud … that they didn’t prefer chocolate as a child … and that now, they prefer the dark variety. Yes!! I feel vindicated! :)

    Regarding the job situation … I truly believe that all changes are good. Yep … all of them. Sometimes we have to look a little harder for the “good” but it’s there. It’s like we’re always trading up to something better. So … stay alert … because as you walk down the road of life … there might just be a wonderful surprise around the corner.

    Take care!
    Small Footprints

  6. See, you never had REAL chocolate until you came to the noir side! And I’m pretty sure it is a drug.

    I’m glad you survived the day. If you feel relieved, you did the right thing. Something better is waiting for you.

  7. I’m 100% with you on this, Shellyfish! I was an angel food cake and jelly bean girl (and still am…I’m just holding out for vegan angel food cake to be invented!). I do enjoy dark chocolate, though. My 2 favorite combinations are mint and chocolate and ginger and chocolate, so your chocolat noir aux feuilles de menthe is right up my alley!

    Congratulations for tackling the difficult challenge of leaving your job. You will certainly thank yourself for it in the long run. Good luck finding your new position!

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