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My Guilty Pleasure… au Chocolat

Why is it that chocolate is such a staple of Valentine’s Day or anniversary celebrations (or even Easter with those oh so cute bunnies)? Much has been written about the effects of chocolate on the body.

The use of chocolate dates back to as far as 1900 BC, pre-Columbian Mexico. The French served heated pure chocolate at a Royal wedding in 1615. It made it’s way to England by 1662. Gee, Brits.. why did it take so long? Erma Bombechavk used to write about not even tasting chocolate but to just directly deposit it on your hips and rubbing it in. I bet when they finally opened the royal crypt in the Great Pyramid that they found a bar of Hershey’s.

Three of Miss Dot's Coconut Milk Truffles.

I’m hooked, I must say. Chocolate is one of the few pleasurable things that one can have on the Max Living lifestyle plan… that is, in moderation, though. So if you have to be moderate be the best moderate you can. Given the ingredients, I elected to start with chocolate truffles, rolled in various crunchy goodness. Savor that soft Kublai Khan pleasure dome confection slowly. No gobbling down this treat. Nope. It would be a travesty to do so. It's very yummy and something you can pull from the fridge quickly for a treat.

Next… Chocolate soufflé! That puffy cloud of chocolate elation guaranteed to raise your serotonin levels. The best one I have found and used is from Food Network but with my little changes to make it Max Living great!

Originally published in 2014






The continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition: the action or condition or an instance of persevering: steadfastness.



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