Diamonds are not a girl’s best friend. A girl actually has two best friends and neither of them is diamonds. Her two best friends, rather, are chocolate and Mr. Darcy.img_0950

One New Year’s Eve, my dear friend Severa left her posh life in New York City to spend a couple of days with me in East Texas. Severa knows me…she gets me. She always has, which is both comforting and scary. And because she knows me so well, she knows exactly what I need and when I need it. That particular New Year’s Eve, I needed chocolate and Jane Austen, and Severa showed up with both: a tin of truffles and the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice on DVD (to replace the VHS version she bought me when we were in high school).

The BBC version of Pride and Prejudice is the one in which Colin Firth plays Fitzwilliam Darcy (also known as “the-best-version-of-Pride-and-Prejudice-ever-made”). I have read the book numerous times and while I always agree that the book is better, I really, really, really like the BBC version of the story and Colin Firth’s portrayal of Darcy.

firthAs for the chocolate truffles that came with Darcy, well, you must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love them…

No Chewing Allowed! Original French Truffles – these are the divine chocolates. They come sealed in a tin, which is refreshingly retro. When you open the tin, the deep smell of real cocoa escapes.

When you first pop one of these truffles in your mouth, the initial taste is slightly bitter—it’s the cocoa dusting on the truffle. But once that has dissolved, the rest of the truffle is a smooth, creamy experience…but only if you eat them correctly.

You absolutely CANNOT chew these truffles. I became a little overeager when I ate my first one and chewed it. My dear friend yelled at me, “Obstinate, headstrong girl! Do not chew the truffles!” Actually, she said, “Can you not read? It says right here on the tin that you’re not supposed to chew them. That’s why they’re called ‘No Chewing Allowed.’” She was right. You miss out on the soothingly smooth chocolatey experience if you chomp away at the truffle. The correct way to enjoy one is to let it take its time melting in your mouth while delighting each one of your tastebuds.

The truffles are not overly sweet, but they are rich. I need (yes, NEED) at least one chocolate after lunch each day, and these truffles are perfect for that fix. This is not to say img_0949that they are so rich that you cannot eat more than one at a time…I ate six the first time I tried them (but I chewed the first one, so it didn’t count).

Go ahead and eat as many as you want. I consider these chocolate truffles a low-calorie treat. Each truffle has 55 calories. It takes about 100 seconds for the truffle to dissolve in my mouth (yes, I timed it). So that means the truffles are only 0.55 calorie a second. Considering that I can consume a few hundred calories in one second with one (huge) bite of a bacon, avocado, fried egg cheeseburger (sounds good, doesn’t it?), the 0.55-calorie-to-one-second ratio seems low. This is another reason why you shouldn’t chew the truffles…you would totally ruin the low-calorie benefit.

7590d9c7-4808-4ee6-8f04-178ab557464dAs a bit of advice, the truffles are best enjoyed while you are sitting on your couch, with your feet propped up on an ottoman, a cozy blanket wrapped around you, and British people with dreamy accents are declaring their love for each other on your TV. “My affections and wishes are unchanged; but one word from you….”

Severa purchased the chocolates at a shop in New York City; however, you can order the chocolates online at nochewingallowed.com. I just did last week and am sitting here enjoying them while I write this. In addition to the classic truffles, which are the ones I have eaten (and am now eating at this very moment), there are hazelnut truffles, salted toffee truffles (I need to buy those), coffee bean truffles, and candied orange peel truffles.

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, so make haste and order some chocolates!