Welcome to Friday with Friends!
This week, I’m introducing Maggie Worth. She’s Cuckoo for Cocoa… Anything!
I love chocolate. Not just a little and not in a fly-by-night kind of way. Favorite ice cream? Brewster’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye. Favorite adult beverage? Chocolate Martini. Favorite restaurant? The Melting Pot.
Over the years, I’ve tried a vast array of versions in innumerable locations and situations. Croissants au chocolat in a Paris café, decadent fudge at a New England Candy factory, and a gift box of chilli chocolates from a client in Venezuela. Okay, the last one wasn’t really my bag, but I tried them. I’ve been to candy, cookie, and ice cream factories from the mass-produced national brands to local chocolatiers. I’ve had chocolate wine, chocolate coffee, and chocolate beer. I own Chocolat on DVD, the hardback version of Like Water for Chocolate and a complete set of chocolate pearls. I. Love. Chocolate.
I’m also the proud possessor of countless bits of chocolate trivia. We all know that chocolate is toxic to dogs and that the Baby Ruth was names for Grover Cleveland’s daughter and not the famous baseball player. But did you know that European drinking chocolate was the mother of Cappuccino? Or that chocolate has long been used as both a medicine and an aphrodisiac? Presumably not at the same time.
Alas, my personal favorite indulgences tend to be a tad on the pricey side. Don’t get me wrong: I’ll take a Twix or a pack of Oreos any day. But I adore Harry & David’s chocolate covered blueberries and Green & Black’s Dark Chocolate with Mint. I’m crazy for Oh! Chocolate in Senoia, which offers hand-dipped strawberries, graham crackers, pretzels and more along with handmade champagne truffles and gelato. Divine!! And, someday, I’m going to splurge on an order from Vosges: an organic peanut butter bourbon bar, a pound of bacon truffles, and a package of La Parisienne Couture drinking chocolate.
But my go-to chocolatier has long been Godiva. I love the gold ballotin, I love the lady, I love the frequent shopper club, and I love the yum! I love it so much, in fact, that I assign each of my light erotic romance heroines a favorite. Rae (Page 93) was addicted to Hazlenut Prailine Raindrops. For Belle (Screw Me Once), it was the Cinnamon Blush. J.J. (Tex-Mex Sex Hex) has a passion for Coconut Pyramids. And in my upcoming self-published novel, Cream & Honey (Dec. 2013), Nora goes wild for Cappuccino truffles. In the days to come, I’ll have a consultant with a yen for Strawberry Milk Chocolate Biscuits, a nurse who loves her Dark Caramel Embrace, and an attorney addicted to Neapolitan truffles. The two who have the most in common with me (the writer and the photographer) get my second and third favorites: the Dark Mint Medallions and the Raspberry Starfish. Plus whoever else shows up in my head.
But nobody gets my favorite. Want to guess what it is? First right answer wins a pdf of my award-winning Tex-Mex Sex Hex, so give it a go and thanks for stopping by!
Linda here. Click on the link for Godiva and that might give you some clues about Maggie’s fav Godiva. Remember to post your guess. You could have the winning answer.
Now a bit more about Maggie:
Maggie is an author, speaker, business strategist, freelance writer, and future professor. She’s also a reader, life learner, dog schmuck, hair flower obsessionist, foodie, Oxford comma defender, and dreamer. Connect at maggieworth.com, visit her blog at FiveforFiction.com, follow her on Twitter at MaggieSheWrote or come pin with her at pinterest.com/magsmontgomery.
Author of Bayou Born