Monday, September 10, 2012

What's Your Chocolate?

Today is the What's Your Chocolate? blog hop. A big thanks and a handful of Oreo cookies to M. Pax, Laura Eno, Brinda Berry, and Ciara Knight for hosting! Here are the instructions copied from Brinda's blog: Post about your favorite chocolate – what it means to you, where and when you indulge, a favorite memory – anything chocolate-related.

I have a lot of happy memories involving chocolate...There was the time when my husband-then-boyfriend brought me to La Fondue, a fancy and romantic fondue restaurant in Saratoga. Our dinner was dee-lish and our dessert came with a wicked pot of chocolate fondue...I remember remarking to my husband-then-boyfriend afterward about how awkward it could be for two people to have a long fondue dinner if they were on a first date and not clicking. Hence, some advice for my single readers...Fon-DON'T if you're not sure about that other person yet...

A more recent memory...Earlier this summer, shortly after I had my baby, I wanted to do a "mommy and me" activity with my toddler daughter. So I made chocolate cupcakes with her for the first time. She helped me mix the batter,  put filling into a couple of the cupcakes, and line the muffin pan. She had such a cute, purposeful expression on her face while we worked together- I was letting her participate in a "grown-up" activity, after all.

What experiences have you had with chocolate or other sweets?

31 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

La Fondue sounds fantastic! I wish there was something like that here in the UK!

Ciara said...

Great choice! There is nothing more romantic than chocolate fondue dinner. My hubby and I love going to Melting Pot. You made me chuckle withe the Fon-don't. :)

Teresa Coltrin@Journaling Woman said...

Chocolate does so much for a person's soul. :) I love all chocolate but mostly dark chocolate.

Tara Tyler said...

so true on the fondue! a looong nite!
cup cakes! mmm!

jaybird said...

I agree with the Fon-Don't if you don't really know the person well enough. It is kind of an intimate way to eat chocolate.

Baking with my daughters is one of my favorite activities ever. Especially, when it involves chocolate. :)

Janna said...

Glad I logged in today. Chocolate is one of my favorite subjects.

I love baking with my boys. My oldest is only interested as long as I give him plenty to do, but my youngest has already learned if he hangs around, he gets to lick the spoon.

Isis Rushdan said...

My husband and I only do the super long fondue dinners for special occasions. You make an excellent point about how awkward it would be to suffer through such a long meal on a bad date. Not to mention the expensive check.

Lynn Proctor said...

i have recently discovered that i prefer dove chocolate or cadberry to godiva---sorry i think i spelled one of these wrong :)

M Pax said...

lol Love your fon-don't advice. Thanks for joining in the bloghop. I've been craving chocolate cupcakes lately ...

cleemckenzie said...

Give me anything that's crunchy. I'm not a Truffles person.

Carrie-Anne said...

I got excited when you said that restaurant was in Saratoga, then realized you must've meant Saratoga, California. I'd love to have a chocolate fondue restaurant in my Saratoga!

michelle said...

Love the sweet and memorable moments with your toddler... Popping in from the blog hop.

Catherine Stine said...

Fon-DON'T, very clever! yes, baking with kids is one of the supreme fun activities!
Catherine Stine’s Idea City

Ruth Schiffmann said...

I have great memories of baking with my little ones back in the day. Enjoy every moment! And lick the bowl whenever chocolate is involved ;)

Laura Eno said...

My daughter always spit chocolate out. Strange child. LOL! That's a very good Fon-Don't tip! Thanks for joining the blogfest. :)

Laura Eno

tfwalsh said...

Yum... can't go wrong with Fondue:) Love your tips;)

Sherry Ellis said...

What a fun experience with your daughter! My kids love making chocolate chip cookies with me.

Lionel said...

I remember ice cubes. They were/are little square pieces of chocolate that cost like 5 cents or something. They were always in a round plastic container on the counter of the local market in the small town that I grew up in. I would scrape together some nickles (after I spent the rest of my allowance on something REALLY important like baseball cards) and buy as many ice cubes as I could afford. I can still feel them melting in my mouth like no other chocolate I've ever had. Thanks for the post and letting me ramble about ice cubes. I haven't thought of them in years. How fun!

Paul R. Hewlett

Tim VanSant Writes said...

Cooking with kids is a great way to bond and build special memories.

Kate Larkindale said...

Mmmmm... Chocolate. I wish I didn't love it so much. I love very dark, bitter-sweet chocolate, the kind that's 72-80% cocoa solids. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Cynthia said...

Everyone, thank you for sharing your chocolate-themed thoughts and experiences. It was fun reading all your comments.

Carrie-Ann: Yes, the restaurant I was referring to is located in Saratoga, CA.

Brinda said...

Ahh....could you hear me sigh from over there? I thought both these chocolate memories were delightful. :)

Brinda said...

Ahh....could you hear me sigh from over there? I thought both these chocolate memories were delightful. :)

cleemckenzie said...

Yumm to the fondu pot of chocolate. I've posted about my passion for hot fudge sundaes and given my favorite recipe.

Emily R. King said...

Aw! What a great memory! I wish I hadn't gotten the day wrong on my schedule. Silly me.

Lexa Cain said...

I've had cheese fondue but never chocolate fondue. Considering how much I love chocolate, I'm definitely missing something.
Fun post! :-)

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm a little bit of a chocoholic, so I actually had to give up my daily dark chocolate fix (and wine too) in order to lose a few pounds. Chocolate deprivation is a horrible thing. :D

Ella said...

I love your chocolate post and your chocolate wisdom :D
I have photos similar to what described. I let my son help make chocolate cupcakes at a young age or maybe it was Brownies. Oh, what a mess, so fun :D
I love what you shared!

The Capillary said...

Ahaha, "fon-don't" that was awesome! Thanks for sharing the experience with your daughter, it's cute to hear about.

Just stopping in from the chocolate blog hop and saying hi! :3

Margo Berendsen said...

How did I miss hearing about this blogfest?? I love serious/and or excited kids getting doing grown up recipes. My best chocolate experience was the endless chocolate buffet on a cruise ship!

Rachel Morgan said...

I had a fondue birthday party one year when I was younger. Both the savoury and the sweet kind of fondue! Lots of fun!

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