With a few of my best friends, I am currently involved in a competition informally to find the world finest chocolate. You would think that judging the worlds finest chocolate would be beyond most people. After all, it is such a subjective decision. Are the worlds finest chocolates white chocolates, dark chocolates, milk chocolates, or some other variety? Do truffles and the other fancy kinds of chocolate candies count, or is the competition between straight chocolate bars? We never formally resolved this problem, but we seem to come to agreement a remarkable amount of the time. We haven’t decided on the worlds finest chocolates yet, but we are getting closer.
Of course, we have only recently started to discover gourmet chocolate. That is part of the reason that we had this competition. All of us grew up in a small, rural town where all you could get were Hershey’s, and Mars bars. The world finest chocolate never made its way there at all. I thought milk chocolate was as good as it got, and it could get pretty good. Nevertheless, I was unaware of what luxuries I was missing. That is, until one day I tried a Belgian chocolate. I practically started shaking. It was really that good. I thought I had discovered the world finest chocolates at that point, but I didn’t know what delicious treasures still awaited me.
We have decided to rule out a white chocolate from the world finest chocolate competition. After all, white chocolate is not really chocolate at all. Nonetheless, we haven’t really made up our mind on the chocolate truffles. On the one hand, keeping chocolate truffles out of the world finest chocolate competition seems like a real shame. The whole point, after all, is to get to try out all kinds of delicious gourmet chocolate candies. On the other hand, they seem to have an unfair advantage because they are filled with all kinds of other delicious goodies. This can obscure the quality of the chocolate and make the competition difficult to judge.
In all likelihood, what we will eventually do is to have separate categories in our worlds finest chocolates ranking. That will allow us to stop comparing apples and oranges. It seems like the only fair way to do things, and it will give us even more to talk about. God I love chocolate – it is probably the best part of my life.