Tuesday, February 15, 2011
B.T. McElrath Dark Chocolate: For every day and every holiday
Seeing as I posted about a dish I made on the Superbowl on Valentine’s Day, it seems only fitting that I should post about chocolate the day after the most chocolate-centric holiday of the year. Because clearly that makes perfect sense – just like everything I do and/or say.
But as someone who doesn’t need a holiday to tell me when to love my friends, family and my future husband who doesn’t know I exist yet, it’s actually quite sensible.
Just like I don’t need Saint Valentine to tell me when to feel love (or the lack thereof), I don’t need him to tell me when it’s acceptable to ingest chocolate. In my mind, every day should be celebrated with the silky substance – especially every day during February, which, incidentally, is National Chocolate Month.
I’ve been hoarding this chocolate bar – the best I’ve ever had – to myself for some time now. I’ve kind of enjoyed having it as my little secret – or at the very least, a secret between myself and Ashley, who told me about B.T. McElrath’s dark chocolate after Easter last year. She’d received the 3 ounce bar of the company’s proprietary blend of European and Colombian chocolate (70% cacao) for the holiday, and, unable to resist its tantalizing flavor, devoured the entire thing in a single day. (In my mind, a completely reasonable thing to do whilst celebrating the risen Christ and the end of the Lenten period of self-sacrifice.)
As soon as Ashley told me about this mystical dark chocolate bar that had the power to trample all forms of self-control, I knew I had to get my teeth around one. It didn’t take long for me to track the bars down at my local Whole Foods; it also didn’t take long for me to fall completely head-over-heels for the smooth, sweet dark chocolate.
Aside from the flawless melt, lingering smoky aftertaste and satisfying snappiness, the dark chocolate is not cloyingly bitter – my biggest complaint with most dark chocolates that contain 70% or more cacao. It’s a dark chocolate bar that even a milk chocolate-lover can appreciate.
While I have come to treasure the sophistication and simplicity of the plain dark chocolate bar, in the time since discovering B.T. McElrath’s products, I’ve also developed a deep affection for their Salty Dog Chocolate – the same 70% dark chocolate dotted with flakes of butter toffee and then dusted with sea salt. This bar is even harder for me to savor – I usually can’t limit myself to just two squares a day, which is my usual method of ingesting the $4.95 indulgence so that I can stretch it out for an entire week.
It’s no easy feat.
Which is, of course, where the whole holiday and national food holiday nonsense comes into play. If two squares is acceptable every day, then clearly ten squares is acceptable on Valentine’s Day and any other day during the month of February.
Anything less would be unpatriotic. So says the completely rational, overly sensible girl who made Chana Masala on Superbowl Sunday.