It's so incredibly pleasant to know that nowadays, nobody thinks of hedonism - that is to say, the pursuit of the pleasure of the senses - as all that bad. Decades ago, any act that gives you sensual (it need not be erotic; sensuality should not be limited to sexuality, as its roots come from "sense", which may very well be limitless in possibilities of experience) pleasure is thought to be sinful and is immediately frowned upon by most. Nowadays, even the word "sin" had shed its negative connotations and has instead become something positive, something that so entices people. Advertisements of food, especially, claim sinful goodness in terms of the quality of the item they're selling. And we are compelled at the very idea that the mere act of wanting may be dangerous, but at the same time oh-so worth it.
Food is, of course, at the top of the list of guiltily hedonistic pleasures that are often indulged in by people. Admit it: every once in a while, you would sneak into your room with about five bars of chocolate and savor the indulgence for hours (or under five minutes, depending on the type of day you've had). It is very obvious, actually: very few things in the world could encompass as much of the senses as even a bite of chocolate - particularly the specialty chocolates. The rich brown colors are pleasing to the eye - even more so if the chocolate is molded into an exquisite shape. The flavor is sweet, milky, bitter, or all of the above, depending on your preference - and the play of flavors in itself is very much decadent. The scent is mildly caffeinated, and has a habit of moving beyond your olfactory senses and seeping into your brain, bringing you to a state of anticipation. The texture changes in your mouth, going from firm to soft to sticky. And the sound of a chocolate bar being bitten into or even broken (by hand) into smaller pieces have a sharp snapping sound that wakes you up, that makes you pay attention. A bar of chocolate is simply the most perfect of all sensual experiences.
This being the case, it's rather surprising that few people in the world actually know how to properly experience a bar of chocolate. Sure, chocolates have been eaten, snacked upon and revered by many people for hundreds of years now, but for the most part, it's all been a matter of biting, chewing and swallowing chocolate bars. That is also enjoyable, of course, but there is an art to fully and completely enjoying a bar of chocolate. Eating a bar of chocolate is potentially a very serious business, as the experience of chocolate often (especially for the women) marks the line between feeling better or feeling worse.
That being said, THIS is how you should eat a bar of chocolate:
Step One - Obviously, you unwrap your bar of chocolate. BUT! Don't do it too quickly, nor too slowly. Unwrapping your bar of chocolate too quickly might damage the outer texture of the bar (it may not seem to matter, but a perfect bar of chocolate honestly does make a difference). Unwrapping it too slowly will melt the chocolate, thus diminishing the enjoyment of biting into the bar.
Step Two - You can do this two ways: you can either snap your chocolate bar into smaller pieces OR you can bite it. When you snap your bar of chocolate, make sure every piece you break off is small enough to fit your mouth; break off a mouthful of chocolate at a time, because if you break up the chocolate all at once, it will melt too fast. When you bit into your chocolate, on the other hand, make sure that you don't chomp on it with your teeth; rest the bar of chocolate lightly between your upper and lower incisors and lever the bar downwards. The chocolate makes the most exquisite sounds that way.
Step Three - While it isn't completely wrong to chew your chocolate, the best way to taste a bar of chocolate is to allow it to rest on your tongue where it can melt. The effect is best if you sit in a cool, quiet spot where no one can disturb you, where the chocolate is least likely to melt, and where you can close your eyes. Remember to inhale and exhale through your nose, and to really taste the chocolate in your mouth. Concentrate on the feeling of melting chocolate, and note that the flavor and the scent becomes more pronounced as the texture changes.
Step Four - When you swallow your mouthful of chocolate, don't do it in one go. Rub your tongue against the roof of your mouth and swallow the almost-liquid chocolate slowly, little by little. This way you will not be so immediately deprived of the flavor of chocolate before the next bite (or the next bar). If the bar is not just made out of chocolate (if it has nuts, nougat, caramel and the like), make sure to chew them slowly AFTER you've finished swallowing the chocolate.
Step Five - Repeat from step two until you run out of chocolate.
Of course, EVERYONE has they own way of eating a bar of chocolate. But this is probably the best way.
Elea Almazora, contributor to http://www.denofsin.com
Elea Almazora currently works as a contributor to many information-based websites, writing about many subjects ranging from culture to sciences.
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