Father’s Day couldn’t possibly be the wrong day to ask when did common sense die and leave chocolate to the ladies? Moms get chocolate (and flowers, but that whinge is for a different site), but on “his” day, dad gets a handshake and left alone while he grills the FD dinner. Or, maybe as a joke he is handed a necktie of chocolate — really, is there a dad alive made gleeful with receipt of a silk or silk/polyester work noose — that is often crap chocolate poured in a necktie mold that will be eaten by non-discriminating kids or tossed after only a few good will bites?
If men could talk about the pleasure they take in chocolate (and we know from experience and talk every day in the store they do) as women can, perhaps shopping for dad on “his” day wouldn’t be such a trial? We aren’t ready to rail from a soapbox — in our case more of an overturned milk carton — but something definitely went wrong in the culture a long time ago. Where are the claques of men who society lets be connoisseurs of chocolate in the way it is socially acceptable to be of wines, beers or cigars (and, no, we’re not talking chocolate cigars)?
Whatever one may think of a sensory pleasure comparison, none of those vices offers the health benefits dark chocolate gives to men. In addition to mouth pleasures, dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks, lower risks from stroke, lower bad cholesterol and even reduce blood sugar levels.
And yet it is rare and often sad when man and chocolate are juxtaposed. Results are often something like Lazy Man’s Chocolate Lava Cake, where you dump ingredients in a crock pot and walk away
With men and chocolate it’s almost always how to buy it in satisfaction of a distaff yearning … or maybe how to make it for the to-be-honored her.
Why can’t America steal the Japanese custom of giri-choco, the “obligation chocolate” women buy men on Valentine’s Day, even if it is a custom based on a mistranslation of a chocolate company employee just trying to juice sales? And why must an unscientific search turn up very few ways to honor a dad with chocolate other than the widely syndicated recipe to mix, chocolate chips, maple and bacon as elements of a dad-themed cookie recipe? And, finally, why must the most famous celebration of men and chocolate be the cartoon character “Chef” singing out joy at his own chocolate salty balls
Okay, we got a bit off track: stop by to pick up something chocolate and delicious for dad or just flout all tradition and offer him a seat at an all-gourmet taste test of the best dark chocolate bars you can buy or make take care of the grilling.