In May, we mentioned the famous writer Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. ” We found it heartening that Chocolaterie Stam carries a “kikker” or chocolate frog and subsequently promoted them in his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri to great reception. This month we wanted to continue our literary journey through chocolate and after a “Google” search we found that Charles Dickens wrote of a chocolate drink in his remarkable tome, “A Tale of Two Cities”. Below we cite the passage:
“Yes. It took four men, all four ablaze with gorgeous decoration and the Chief of them unable to exist with fewer than two gold watches in his pocket, emulative of noble and chaste fashion set by Monseigneur, to conduct the happy chocolate to Monseigneur’s lips. One lackey carried the chocolate-pot into the sacred presence; a second, milled and frothed the chocolate with a little instrument he bore for that function; a third presented the favored napkin; a fourth (he of the two gold watches) poured the chocolate out. It was impossible for Monseigneur to dispense with one of these attendants on the chocolate and hold his high place among the admiring Heavens. Deep would have been the blot upon his escutcheon if his chocolate would have been ignobly waited on by only three men; he must have died of two.” From a Tale of Two Cities. Chapter VII.
Well, wasn’t Monseigneur a little high on his self? La di dah!
Fortunately we haven’t quite the class struggle that 19th century Britain experienced, though inspiration has struck, and we offer a more democratic (and less laborious) version of a chocolate beverage.
A TALE OF TWO CHOCOLATES
1 TBSP (1/2 OZ) TORANI DARK CHOCOLATE SAUCE
1 TBSP (1/2 OZ) TORANI WHITE CHOCOLATE SAUCE
1 CUP (8OZ) MILK
2 SHOTS ESPRESSO*
STEAM TOGETHER MILK AND TORANI SYRUP. POUR INTO A 16 OUNCE GLASS AND ADD BREWED ESPRESSO*.
SPOON A THIN LAYER OF FOAMED MILK OVER BEVERAGE.
*CAN SUBSTITUTE 1/2 CUP STRONG BREWED COFFEE
It doesn’t take four men, and two gold watches to make a great chocolate drink for our customers at Chocolaterie Stam. Nevertheless we want you to be treated like gentry at one of many shops. Please stop by and let us consider you royalty with our service and chocolate.