Chocolate flavoured foods
Over the past few weeks I have had the (mis)fortune of succumbing to some chocolate flavoured foods and drinks. Firstly I foolishly opted for a cholocate flavoured beer at a pub restaurant near us. I knew it sounded like a bad idea when I ordered it but like the big dumbass I am I felt compelled to go through with this new taste experience and I have to say it was absolutely vile. Not only was it bad, but it really didn’t taste of chocolate either so it was a total let down. I’m not a big beer drinker but I do like a pint of ale and rarely leave anything, other than a little bit of dribble, in the bottom of my glass. On this occasion I actually couldn’t bring myself to finish the thing and left nearly a half a bottle on the table. On the plus side, the bottle was pretty and I liked that the company was London based (Greenwich actually) and called Meantime.
My next exploration in to chocolate flavoured foods that aren’t actually chocolate was today. Before boarding the 9.10 to Leeds I visited the local WHSmith to find something to while away the journey (more on that later perhaps) and when I reached the checkout I was confronted with the opportunity to purchase some chocolate and mint flavoured gum. As you know by now, I do find it very hard to resist chocolate, and as I’ve been on a sort of self inflicted diet, my chocolate intake has been greatly reduced, so the opportunity to get a little chocolate flavour is generally taken. I’m a fan of mint choc chip ice cream, always have been, so mint choc gum is not that big a step. They already have mint gum so there isn’t such a great jump in faith as there was with the chocolate beer. So I bought the packet of gum, which is wrapped like a packet of Nicorette or something, and boarded my train. I’ve been chewing now for over half an hour and this actually ain’t that bad at all. The flavour is still there and it didn’t make me want to vomit on putting it my mouth, which is always a bonus! I can taste the choc and the mint and the balance between the two is just right, a little more mint than choc but the chocolate is definitely there. A quick check on the ingredients reveal that the closest this gum has been to actual chocolate is on the shelf in WHSmith but for the time being, and in the absence of the real thing, this ‘chocolately flirt with a mint stress’ will have to do.
Keith Hillmann, "TOP STRESS REDUCING FOODS", 2008