Saturday, July 18, 2009

Chocolate Fantasies!


There are few things more sensual than chocolate. First there's the whole chocolate aphrodisiac thing, and it's mimicry of endorphins - the pleasure hormones. And then there's the rich, smooth and creamy texture to it that literally melts in your mouth and leaves you craving for more.

Known as the "Love Chemical", romantic lore has always identified chocolate as an aphrodisiac indulging in the simple pleasure of consumption. Some reports say that since all chocolate was recognized as stimulants, were denied to women. Other studies say that the Aztecs and Mayans were some of the first to recognize its potency and celebrated the harvest of cacao with festivals of orgies. For all we know, both may be true. As I see it, if you want all those women craving for love, why would you deny it to them in the first place? Also, as we stand today, this lore has carried on for centuries and ended up in our bedrooms as the perfect plaything for couples. Experimenting around with chocolate(and not just in the kitchen or at the dinner table...ahem ahem....) has been, and still is one of the most arousing and stimulating bedroom games couples can indulge in. There's just so much that can be done with chocolate, solid or molten, which of course we shall not be going into for reasons best left unspoken. Eaten enough chocolate? It also acts as an amazing massage oil. Rub it on your body after a nice hot bath and wash off after a few minutes for a relaxing yet invigorating experience.





As someone said, with chocolate size truly does not matter. All is welcome and enjoyed equally. It can be eaten anywhere, anytime and with anyone, perfectly elucidated by Dairy Milk's tagline

khane walo ko khane ka bahana chahiye!
(those who love chocolate look for an excuse to eat it.)

It possesses the ability to lift our spirits, inflame and release sexual passion and build positive energy. What more does someone want than a mood-elevating, stimulating, enjoyable and thoroughly tasty and keeps-you-wanting-more experience?

Here's a few reasons why you SHOULD have chocolate:

1. You are never too young for chocolate, and definitely never too old. It can be had and enjoyed by one and all.

2. It's the best gift for every occassion, be it a birthday gift, a gift of love or just a simple thank you, chocolates are made for every reason and every season.

3. It brings the best thing in the world to a person - A smile! :)

4. You can have chocolate anywhere, even at your workplace, and no one has any problem with it. In fact it's even better when shared with others. The more the merrier they say.

5. You can have as many or as much as you can handle, as long as you know how much you can handle in the first place :P


Finally, I shall leave you guys with a recipe for my favourite kind of chocolate - Dark Chocolate Mousse. Enjoy the finger licking, taste-bud tingling and addictive goodness of the finest food of all, chocolate!





  • 4 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter, diced
  • 2 tablespoons espresso or hot water
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Preparation

Combine the chocolate, butter, and espresso in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not simmering, water, stirring frequently until smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool until the chocolate is just slightly warmer than body temperature. To test, dab some chocolate on your bottom lip. It should feel warm. If it is too cool, the mixture will seize when the other ingredients are added.

Meanwhile, whip the cream to soft peaks, then refrigerate. Once the melted chocolate has cooled slightly, whip the egg whites in a medium bowl until they are foamy and beginning to hold a shape. Sprinkle in the sugar and beat until soft peaks form.

When the chocolate has reached the proper temperature, stir in the yolks. Gently stir in about one-third of the whipped cream. Fold in half the whites just until incorporated, then fold in the remaining whites, and finally the remaining whipped cream.

Spoon or pipe the mousse into a serving bowl or individual dishes. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours. (The mousse can be refrigerated for up to a day.)


-sourced from Epicurious

25 comments:

Vishal Pipraiya said...

came across your blog through the dark chocolate group on facebook. great post. couldn't agree more with your summation of chocolate cravings :). don't think am gonna be making mousse in a hurry but am hunting for a place that serves it in pune

Mads said...
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Mads said...

pics upload karna zaroori tha kya??? idiot!! i want chocolate now :'(
lovely post. liked the introduction a lot even though u used big big words :| ;) :D
but who will want to waste chocolate as a massage oil? :O

Shaunak said...

@ Mads

Of course zaroori tha! Even I wanted chocolates after the pics :P
So i went and got two whole boxes of lindt \m/
Try warm molten chocolate on your bare back, feels awesome!

divsi said...

sumhow i feel its romilda vane's love potioned chocs that have induced this post!!:)));) lol

Mad Blogger said...

hmmm... so yummy!!!

Shaunak said...

@ Divsi

I assure you Ms.Vane had nothing to do with this chocolatey delight :P

(Although I wouldn't have minded...she can be pretty hot when she wants :P :P )

Shaunak said...

@ Mad Blogger

Hey! Recognize you from a few other blogs I follow too!
Welcome to my blog! \m/

Thanks for enjoying the chocolate. try making it, comes out yum! even for a newbie like me :D

santasizing...Fantasizing said...

yummmmmmmm...thats what the first pic did to me...
well i agree to everything right about chocolate..i can probably live my days ,just eating chocolates and be merry about it..
and for that recipe..well im definitely trying it over the weekend and let u know;)

Life 24*7 said...

What a chocolaty post !!!!! Yummy !!!!

Rane (The Orchid with All Shades Pink) said...

Heyyyyyyyyyyyyy Shaunak.. :)

How are you?? missed ya buddy..I am back i am back..and i am sooooooo sorry for just leaving like that..

stay in touch friend..
Cheers..
Kajal

Shaunak said...

@ Richa

Thanks for the read!
How'd the chocolate turn out?

Shaunak said...

@ Neha

Ditto!

Shaunak said...

@ Kajal

Oh man!! Just read what I had to say on your blog! :P :P

Glad to have u back!

Gayatri Shenoy said...

That's a lovely blog you've got here :-) And an utterly delicous post! Thanks for sharing

Stupidosaur said...

Chocolate is goooooood!

But chocolate massage is definitely a big waste!

Maybe with eyes closed, bathing with warm grease or maybe even warmed liquid hand wash will not feel much different than bathing with warm chocolate :P

Besides that much chocolate would bring lot more individual smiles if shared amongst how many it can be shared with, than if used for bathing of one mahraja person (Ok 2 a couple if you insist :P).

And you yourself said chocolate is for bringing a smile.

workhard said...

I am a complete chocoholic..

I just love your post

And the mousse... Yummmmmy...

Work from home

Shaunak said...

@ Gayatri

Thank you so much! And thanks for the visit!

Shaunak said...

@ Stupidosaur

Definitely, but a massage need not be a bath. Melt a bar of dairy milk and you get enough molten chocolate for a warm massage :D

Chocolates are forever for smiles! :)

Shaunak said...

@ Workhard

Thank you! Hope you try out the recipe and enjoy the home-made mousse!

Mads said...

Girl friend mil gayi to blog ko bhul gaye? :D

*smirks*

Mads said...

yuck, u read the newspaper in the loo??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

my roomie does that and gives me the newspaper all wet. yuck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

my dad made a dad joke on it when i complained about my roomie..
he said, "no wonder the newspaper is full of shit" :P

Shaunak said...

Mads, girlfriend nahi mili yaar..still searching :P
Akansha din give bhav =D
I NEVER wet my paper! Well..once maybe, but still...

Mads said...

Arre :O
Akansha doesn't have *time* it seems :))
yuck !!! i feel disgusted reading your blog now :( ewwwww :(
how can u read something in the loo!?!?!?

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Shaunak and Mads
Tum dono ko aur koi kaam nahi hai kya... :P

@post
I will not read the post... all I can see in those pics is... duniya bhar ki calories... :-ss and no doubt you are encouraging people to eat them :-s Main nahi padoongi!!!

@Shaunak
Main Akansha hoon na... bhav toh bhavana se lena padega... aur bhavana toh mann k andar se aati hai toh usko mann se lena padega, mann mein toh aamir n manisha(arrey koirala) the... blah blah blah :P aur chahiye? :P :P :P