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The Boxer

December 21, 2010

So maybe booze isn’t the only answer.  I falsely assumed that anyone who reads this blog was a lover of all things gustatory.  Sure, some people (including my dear friends and loved ones) enjoy booze a bit too much and turn away from the stuff that is credited with building civilization as we know it, and that’s all well and good.

But beyond those few, the idea of people actively not drinking is a mystery to me.  I’m not talking about drinking and gettin’ slizzard.  Rather I’m confused about excluding an entire world of sensory delights, like the depth and complexity of a great brandy.  But all of these are questions for another time.

Because when push came to shove, I did not give my kid’s teachers bottles of whiskey.  I gave them boxes of chocolates.  Herbal, soothing, relaxing tisanes (AKA not teas) were considered briefly, but ultimately came in second place to chocolates.

Although it’s probably unlike any box of chocolates they’ve ever encountered.

I’m a simple man, and to me a box of chocolate is about enjoying some mighty fine and delicious confections.  As long as I can remember I’ve always been a quality over quantity kind of guy.  So my box of chocolates isn’t big.

The quality is there.  I’ve found a local chocolatier who makes things by hand and uses some great ingredients in making their products.  They may possibly be the finest chocolate makers in Albany.

I’ve tried a lot of what they make, and most of it is good.  But some of it is very good.

Here is where I come down on chocolate confections.  It’s all about the chocolate.  White chocolate isn’t chocolate.  I am loath to even consider milk chocolate chocolate.  In my mind, the best chocolates are filled with a dark chocolate ganache, which is delicately flavored with ingredients that enhance, but don’t overwhelm the chocolate itself.

A while back I mentioned L.A. Burdick and La Maison du Chocolat. They do this and more.  But the best thing we’ve got here are the Mayan Chai Buddhas from The Chocolate Gecko.  They are filled with a dark chocolate ganache that is infused with locally blended chai tea.  The Buddha bellies are then dusted with edible gold.

Not only are they cute, but they are delicious.  So naturally I based my box of chocolate around this one item.

That’s right.  One item.

But isn’t life supposed to be like a box of chocolates?  Apparently with me, you always know what you are going to get.  Actually in all honesty, there is one other piece just to spice up the composition of the box, but seriously, it’s 80% Buddhas.

Sure, to some people the joy of a box of chocolates comes from the sheer mystery of biting into countless morsels, unaware of what taste sensation is coming your way.  To others it may be about the wide variety of flavors a box contains.  And on some level I know that gifts are supposed to be for the recipient and not the giver.

Still, I think this is a thoughtful gift.  Certainly a lot of thought went into it.  Without a doubt I overthink pretty much everything.

If you’ve got last minute gifts to buy, I’ll tack this on the list, especially if you are local.  It’s a lot of fun to work with the clerk and put together a tasty and beautiful assortment of chocolate treats, custom made by you for the chocolate lover on your list.

But I won’t blame you if you deviate from my strategy on this one.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tonia permalink
    December 21, 2010 2:07 pm

    My mouth is watering. I’ve never been to the Gecko. I will definitely have to check it out. I too, do not understand the non-drinker for the same reason you state. Food and alcohol…. not to sound like a lush, but really I love sipping a mixed drink or some wine while cooking, and I love food and alcohol… like you said I’m not talking toasted, but enjoying the flavors.

    • December 21, 2010 11:36 pm

      I was going to give you two thumbs up on the idea of giving your children’s teachers a bottle of whiskey. :) Guess I should have spoken up against the naysayers. But, I suppose delivering it could be a little tricky, and it would help to know for sure first if they partook. The chocolates sound delicious though. Especially the Buddhas.

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