The contents of the bag of dark chocolate pieces that resides on my kitchen countertop have been dwindling at a faster than usual rate lately. I blame the extra time in front of the computer scanning pictures. Normally I consume just two of them at the end of lunch but lately I find myself hopping up from the desk for an extra piece of chocolate or two...or three or four. Chocolate fuels creativity, you know. It's a proven fact; well, in my house it is.
I do love me some chocolate. My favorite flavor of ice cream is chocolate. My favorite cake is Red Velvet which is a variation of chocolate. Heck, in my younger days even breakfast included chocolate. It was always a Hershey bar with almonds and a Coke. Almonds...chocolate...sounds like health food to me. Yep, there aren't very many things you can do with chocolate that wouldn't appeal to my taste buds.
I'm undecided, however, on the idea behind a restaurant that just opened in L.A. called ChocoChicken. The name sounds a little like some cartoon superhero. You know, Mighty Mouse's new best friend. I can hear the announcer's booming voice now: CHOCO...Chicken! But I digress.
The premise is just what the name suggests. Chicken that's infused with chocolate flavoring, both in the brine and the breading, then fried up to a (what else) chocolate brown. Sort of a Milton Hershey meets Colonel Sanders. They claim it's not mole but a whole new food concept. I know, only in California...right?
Cocoa powder in the breading might not be all bad but that isn't the only chocolate offering on the menu. There are chocolate-flavored bar drinks, chocolate deserts and duck fat fries dusted with chocolate seasoning and a chocolate ketchup for dipping them in. That last one has me raising my eyebrows in a questioning manner. The white chocolate mashed potatoes, however, are a definite turn-off. I love my chocolate but apparently even I have limits.
The explanation for this concept is that restaurant success has become more and more about appealing to Millennials who are all about unusual tastes and are quick to snap a photo of the meal in front of them to share on social media. I'd say ChocoChicken hits that nail on the head. Me? I'm clearly in a different demographic.
Fried chicken isn't on my July 4 menu nor will I be celebrating National Fried Chicken Day on July 6 but if I were, good old traditional fried chicken would be my choice. Chocolate, however, is on the menu everyday. After all, man cannot live on chocolate alone...but woman can.