I know you love chocolate. It seems everybody does. Here’s an amazing little fact: every ten years, most adults eat their own body weight in chocolate! I love chocolate too, but I’m sure I eat far less than 150 lbs each decade. However, I’m more likely to indulge in my fair share of chocolate if it’s paired with something delightful. Combinations like chocolate and nuts or chocolate and strawberries are time-tested and well-loved combinations. Chocolate and citrus too — especially if that citrus is orange. However the very things that make chocolate and orange such delicious partners make chocolate and other citrus just as delightful. Have you considered chocolate and lime?
Chocolate and lime may not be as common as chocolate and cherry or chocolate and peanut butter but there is a precedent. Especially “across the pond” – I mean in Great Britain.
I’m talking about the “pure confectionery” deliciousness of Chocolate-Limes. They’re not common in North America, but in England they’re classic chocolate and lime candies that many a darling young poppet find impossible to suck on for more than a minute without crunching through the zingy, hard candy shell to get to the smooth, milk chocolate center. In this country we may have Tootsie Pops in a plethora of flavors, but these chocolate and lime sweets from Britain are far more irresistible to my palate.
Chocolate and Lime Tarts
My taste for Chocolate-Limes may seem surprising. After all, I grew up in the United States to American parents. Still, thanks to my mom, I was exposed to these candies at a young age. She may have been fascinated by French cooking, but she was an Anglophile when it came to all things pop-culture. She even went out of her way to pronounce words like schedule and garage with an English accent. To a socially awkward 12-year-old her “mispronunciations” were as cringeworthy as an aloha in New Hampshire. But those chocolate and lime candies somehow made the embarrassment tolerable. The combination of lime and chocolate may seem a little odd, but (to borrow a another of my mother’s Anglicized phrases) it works brilliantly! GREG