Reader Jan Luckenbach from Phoenix, AZ sent in this amazing
piece on the
best way to eat--and savor--chocolate.
It's so decadent it's almost rated PG!
Get your well-deserved chocolate and read on...
Make sure you have no distractions while you are doing this
indulgence. No T.V. kids, pets, neighbors...nothing.
This is a great thing to do when you are soaking in the perfumed tub
surrounded by candles, indulging yourself.
I love deep, dark chocolate and nuts. Candy bars are
just too many calories and carb-foolish, besides not being very healthy
for you. (ahhhh... the sinful delights of frozen Snickers Dark!) but I
Dove is good chocolate. Dove has an individually
wrapped bite of dark
chocolate that is very low in calories. (I have been told 27 but I
It is about 3/4 of an inch square of decadence.
Cashews are my favorite nut... Salty yet creamy.
Let us begin...
Open your can of freeze-dried cashews and take a moment to smell the
aroma of the nuts. Mmmmm...
Select 5, and only 5, of the best, perfect, plump, savory cashews and
place them on a napkin or special small plate. (You
are allowed to lick your fingers to wake up your taste buds!)
Deliberately open the Dove shiny foil wrapper very slowly and
listen to the sound the foil makes against the chocolate... Notice how
carefully it is wrapped. Focus all your attention on
this one moment.
Inhale... taking in the sweet but pungent smell of the dark morsel.
This must not be rushed.
Savor the aroma.
Gaze at the confection for a moment and anticipate the feeling of it
melting in your mouth, coating your tongue with all it's velvety
Slowly, and deliberately take your first nibbling bite off of one
only. Let it glide deliciously around your tongue,
feeling, tasting and
smelling the goodness.
Do not swallow. Let it dissolve languidly on your
tongue as you choose your first, ripe cashew.
Bite it in half and let both pieces bathe in the chocolate bath in your
mouth, dancing an age old dance of pungent, slightly sweet, yet bitter,
with savory, salty and creamy.
Close your eyes. Savor each mouthful to the fullest. Break the nut up
your mouth and mix the pieces with the chocolate.
Enjoy the sensation for a few moments. Deliberately experience the
noticing the interplay of flavors.
Don't rush. You have four separate experiences to go.
Focus on how satisfied you are with the flavors, smells and mouth feel.
When you are ready, slowly swallow and prepare for your next experience.
Nibble off the next corner and let the chocolate melt on your tougue a
moment. Notice if this bite isn't a bit different from the last or is
just as good?
Choose your next cashew and deliberately hold back from swallowing just
yet. See how you are reacting to this particular
bite. Does it satisfy as much as the first?
Take the time to enjoy the bite.
Take the next two corners and slowly do the same, each followed by a
Take the time to notice how you are feeling. If there is any stress in
body, it will begin to melt away when you focus your complete attention
on what you are doing.
Take your final bite, the center, followed by your final cashew. Focus
what you are eating and what you are feeling while you are eating
it. There is no need to
rush. Just savor the moment.
When you are finished enjoy the feeling.
Only you can pamper yourself, by noticing how you feel when you do
something good for yourself. Use all your senses when you
eat, to fully enjoy your food.
Did somebody say "A bite of chocolate is one of the most sensual things
in the world?"
If someone didn't, they should have.
Jan Luckenbach The