I have recently come into an obscene amount of chocolate. When I say “come into,” I don’t mean that I inherited it from a recently deceased relative. No, I actually bought all this chocolate.
It started when I was in Los Angeles last March. I had bought three pounds of Valrhona and Callebaut unsweetened chocolate as well as a 30-ounce (851 grams) bag of Ghirardelli White Chocolate chips. Because my luggage (and I!) were severely over the weight limit, I had to have the chocolates shipped.
So while waiting for my chocolates to arrive, I flirted with the idea of splurging on 3 kilos of 70% Valrhona Guanaja chocolate, and then promptly gave in. I forked over P2,700 plus an additional P680 for some Valrhona Tropillas, little nuggets resembling our local Ricoa Flat Tops. I’m told that the Tropillas are actually the edges of the chocolate blocks that are melted down and then re-formed. Clever! I was already thinking of chopping some up for super-sophisticated chocolate chip cookies or melting them down when I’m too lazy to chop a chocolate block.
That was just last month. Then my chocolate shipment from Los Angeles arrives last week, which adds to my chocolate cornucopia. Feeling incredibly lush, I play with the idea of melting all the chocolate in my bathtub and bathing in it. Unreal, I tell you. Of course I’ll never engage in such extravagance but I’m feeling giddy with all this chocolate, and this is even before I’ve put any of it into my mouth!
Then yesterday my good friend Toby says, “They’ve got a whole new bunch of chocolate at Rustan’s Supermarket. I even saw some Hershey’s Butterscotch Chips.” That was all it took ”“ before either of us could blink, I’d whisked us off to Rustan’s.
First thing to be swallowed up by my cart was a bar of Ghirardelli Intense Dark Toffee Interlude (P159.50), quickly followed by one Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate with Macadamia Nuts and Cranberries (P110). Both are from the respective companies’ Extra Dark chocolate lines, exuding both mystery and smokiness with their slick black packaging.
Moving on to the confectionery section, I squeal with delight when Toby points out the Mega M&M’s (P228.50/12.6 oz). I scoop up a bag in succession with the M-Azing M&M chocolate bar (P39.50) ”“ one each of the Crunchy and Peanut Butter. Rounding the corner, my favorite Dove chocolate (P39.50) greets me. Into the cart goes a single bar each of the milk chocolate and the dark.
“But I thought you didn’t like dark chocolate,” Toby tells me, a quiet witness until now of this insane chocolate hoarding. “I didn’t think I did either,” I reply as I determinedly course my shopping cart to the next aisle.
It’s in the baking section where I lose all control, however ”“ for there before me is an awe-inducing, drool-forming, magnificence-personified array of Ghirardelli and Hershey’s baking chocolates and chips. With eyes and mouth as wide as saucers, I watch my hands as they frantically grip and grab bags of Hershey’s Butterscotch Chips and Special Dark Chocolate Chips (P152.75 each). Catching my breath, I caress the smooth, shiny wrapper of the Ghirardelli 100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate Bar (P159) before hurling a handful into my cart. Toby is watching me silently. He is agog I’d like to think, but there’s a queer expression on his face, somewhere between amusement and fright at this uncontrolled display of giddy delirium. He’s never seen me like this, or so he thinks.
All told, Toby has to escort me out of Rustan’s Supermarket in fear of me depleting the store’s chocolate stocks. But not before I’ve spent P2,700 on chocolate. Madness, I tell you! But somehow I feel all the richer for it.