Mexican Chocolate Crème Brûlée
Category: Desserts & Sweets | Blog URL: http://www.consciousfeast.com/2010/02/chocolate-recipes-and-love/
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Nicole Aloni
No one is sure exactly when chocolate became linked so closely with romance, but science can now provide a partial explanation for why. It appears that chocolate contains the same chemical (phenylalanine) which is produced by our brains when we fall in love. Doctors think that eating chocolate creates a temporary “love high”. Didn't you always suspect that was true? I wrote about some of the other advantages of indulging in chocolate in my last post, too. I just can't get enough of this topic. There's something so satisfying and life-affirming about the idea that a food we've all felt guilty about snarfing in the middle of the night is as good for you as oatmeal. Bring that craving out of the closet; dig in to your Theo Madagascar bar in front of your mother and your boss. Cinnamon, chocolate, and coffee flavors combine here to create a very special crème brûlée. And though it's not available commercially, you can easily make your own organic Kahlua-style liqueur to use in lots of cocktails and desserts.