According to Mr. Holland, my sole European representative, the best chocolate comes from Switzerland, the Lindt & Sprungli brand specifically. Americans would be more familiar with their Lindt’s Lindor truffle balls, characterized by a hard chocolate shell and a smooth chocolate filling. Ms. U.S. goes against her homeland, calling the beloved Hershey chocolate fake-tasting. “I don't think Hershey's hardly qualifies as chocolate. It has a chalky texture that so many Americans do love, but I cannot find a way to love it.” Ms. U.S. contends that Italy has the best drinking chocolate, not to be confused with hot chocolate. Drinking chocolate is basically liquid chocolate. Most of my respondents say Europe is where it's at when it comes to good chocolate.
What Goes Best With Chocolate?
So far we have learned that sex does, but what else? Mr. Cameroon says Nutella on pancakes. Nutella is a sweet spread sold in over 75 countries. Mr. China says ice cream. Ms. U.S. goes with the classic fruit. Raspberries and strawberries go best with chocolate. Hazelnuts are another favorite of mine, as well as toffee, and pistachios. Finally, Mr. Holland says hazelnut chocolate with milk.
Whether you hate it or love it (most seem to favor the latter), there is clearly an obsession with chocolate. We put it on everything. We make it into everything: cereal, candy, cookies, cake, diet bars, milk, syrup, ice cream. It is sweet, complex like wine, and pretty much universally loved. It is the thing we eat in love and in hate. It is even scandalous enough to possibly be a drug and an aphrodisiac. Even though it is filled with saturated fat, most would agree it is worth every bite.