When I was a kid back in the '80s, General Foods International Coffees had commercials with big-haired citizens in goofy clothes drinking their hot beverages, which would instantly awaken beautiful memories for the sipper. Often, these recollections would include scintillating banter about foreign travel and breathtaking times that the sippers shared.
Since these commercials were LONG before Starbucks touched my palate and rendered me a caffeine junkie, I thought the commercials were stupid. And let's be honest, they were. Unfortunately, it would be years before I'd learn about the sheer force of peaceful moments brought on by scorching hot, silky brown liquid.
Seeing that the times are tough and Starbucks requires a trust fund and millions of extra calories, my fru-fru coffee consumption has been drastically reduced. Yet, I still yearn for those times when the world stops for just a moment, and I can put my troubles on a back-burner. So I schedule special moments for when I partake in a Deep Chocolate VitaTop and a black coffee.
It always makes me smile when I realize my Muffin Top will help me lose my muffin top. Even Alanis Morissette would find that ironic.
Those of you who indulge in the deep chocolate muffin know there are nowhere near the number of chocolate chips shown on the box. Therefore, I have become a bit of a hoarder with my chocolate chips. For the love of Hershey's, those chips are as close as I'm going to get to a chocolate bar! The fear of losing my chips has rendered me a tad OCD in the preparation of my treat.
Before popping my beloved Vita Top into the toaster, I must familiarize myself with the chip distribution. Luckily, they are usually gathered on one side of the muffin. The chip-free side becomes the surface that faces the mouth of the toaster. Otherwise, when I pull the hot muffin from the toaster with bamboo tongs, I risk squashing the chips. So, naturally, my immediate, snarfing reaction is to lick the gooey chocolate from the tongs.
Not a good idea.
The last time I tried this, I burned my tongue so badly that I lisped for three days.
When I consume a properly prepared muffin, I find a quiet corner to savor every bite and celebrate the moment. I dream of unburned dinners, being able to move freely about my house without tripping over dogs, and a shower floor not littered with wet washcloths.
Can someone please tell me why General Foods didn't have a commercial like that? Now that is a concept I can understand.
What's your Secret Chocolate Indulgence? Dish, girl!