Life is like a box of chocolate …
~ Forest Gump
Ben bought me a box of Belgian chocolates from his trip to Atlanta — so sweet of him! I actually was looking forward to dark chocolates but this sure much better. I was surprised and needless to say, happy.
The packaging were beautiful and elegant. I guess part of the excitement of such chocolates is to carefully open the box layer by layer and reading the stuff on the box. They were so nice that I almost can’t bring myself to eat them, you know what I mean?
The box has two trays of 12 chocolates each. They were quite original in that the soft-centered chocolates were in a chocolate cup. There were altogether five different flavours.
The five flavour were from left to right, Mocha, Extra Praline, Pistachio, Caramel and White Praline.
The chocolates were very rich and creamy. Very nice. I am going to savor this — piece by piece over the next few days.
Here is something I knew or just found out about chocolates:
Chocolates are made from fermented, roasted and ground beans taken from the pod of a tropical cocoa tree native to Central America. The name chocolates originated from central Mexico and the oldest residue was found in an Mayan pot dating back 2600 years ago.
Christopher Columbus was the first person who brought cocoa beans to Europe where over time, it became a luxury item. The first solid form of chocolate was invented in Turin, Italy.
Part of the pleasure of eating chocolate is ascribed to the fact that its melting point is slightly below human body temperature; it melts in the mouth. Chocolate intake has been linked with release of serotonin in the brain, which is thought to produce feelings of pleasure.