Chocolate figures large in my world. I need it daily or else Marcia is not a happy girl.
I eat dark chocolate exclusively now, as opposed to years ago when I was a chocolate whore consuming pounds of creamy milk chocolate every year – until I understood about fat content and antioxidants.
Don’t get me wrong. I can still be tempted by milk chocolate, but I manage to resist most of the time.
To justify any of my indulgences, I use them as a learning experience. For example, instead of painting the walls in my home every month a different color, I channeled my love of paints and paint colors down a more productive and narrower path – my painted chairs.
I’m not much of a shopper, except when it comes to particular stores – bookstores and office supply stores. Inside I’m vibrating with excitement, trying to keep my feet from breaking out into dance. The ginormous grin deepening my dimples is a sure sign I’m in my happy place.
Justifying the indulgence of spending copious amounts of cash on journals, books, paper, stickers, colorful post-its and paper clips was not easy until I began blogging in 2004 and had to set up my office.
Then when I began writing in 2011, learning this career justified buying a gazillion books. Owning a kindle makes it easy to hide my addiction. (Hehe!)
Bringing you back to chocolate…
I discovered a way to justify my chocolate addiction. I’m turning it into a learning experience.
I’m studying the art of making my own chocolate. .
This is perfect! Especially because chocolate plays a big part in my debut novel, Long Time Coming, which will release this summer. The protagonist of my story is also a chocoholic and finds a way to use her love of the creamy, decadent sweet to solve her problem and reinvent her life.
I’ve just subscribed to the video lessons of Todd’s Kitchen. He teaches much more than making chocolate.
Are you addicted to cheese? He has a video on how to make your own ricotta cheese. Want to make your own sour cream, cornmeal, marshmallow fluff, jelly beans or donuts? Todd has a video for those, too.
Now check out how to make milk chocolate and dark chocolate:
250g vegetable shortening
250g powdered sugar
12 TBL cocoa powder
8 TBL powdered milk
A pinch of salt
3.5 tablespoons cocoa butter
3.5 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Compare the ingredients lists. What you may notice is that dark chocolate is far healthier than milk chocolate. Just sayin’.
Make your own unique version of chocolate by adding crushed nuts, flavored extracts, or minced fruit!
So what are your
Do you feel a need to justify them by transforming a simple indulgence into a learning experience like me?