Ah, French chocolate shops. They know their stuff. The ones in Annecy create all sorts of amazing chocolate sculptures for their window displays and sell the most delicate shapes with all sorts of interesting flavours. Even their slabs of chocolate come at a hefty price, but the taste seems worth it.
Walking past a chocolatier in Annecy last weekend, I was surprised to see these chocolate sausages in the window. The sign on them translates to: “Home-made cold cuts! Local sausage as chocolate.” They do look rather sausage-like, but that’s where my appreciation ends. Perhaps that’s a bit harsh, but who wants to eat a chocolate in the shape and colour of a sausage? Also, the local diot sausage seems to be rather hit and miss. Good ones exist, but you might stumble across a dodgy one filled with fat as well.
Still, there’s a certain novelty in a chocolate sausage, right? Possibly, but the thing I love about buying chocolate from a specialist shop is that the chocolates are usually bite-sized treats. I can savour the flavour without overdoing it. These sausages are not small. How do you eat one? Normal sausages get eaten with a knife and fork or they’re hiding inside bread while you poke it in your mouth. I’m not sure I want to ram a giant chocolate sausage in my open gob for the world to see. Men everywhere would surely cringe as I take that first bite. And as much as I love chocolate, it’s hardly a bite-sized chunk being sold here, and it doesn’t look all that easy to break into sections.
To top it all off, the lady in the shop sprung me taking this photo and glared at me like I was performing some criminal act. I smiled weakly and ran before I had time to contemplate buying one “for the novelty”. Should I go back and buy one? If at least ten people think I should, I’ll take the challenge.