Wednesday, February 24, 2010
NO MORE TRUFFLES-LET'S GO WITH NEW NAMES
I was in a See's Candy store the other day and was talking about truffles. When I was growing up, truffles were mushrooms. Fancy, expensive, rare, mushrooms. A "delicacy", I believe is the term. As I got older, the word "truffle" was being used to describe chocolates. Chocolate raspberry truffles, among other flavors, are sold in candy counters in the mall, etc.
So I looked it up. They're both correct. Truffles are indeed a fungi that grows around tree roots. Yeech. When it's explained that way, I wonder about the first person that ate one. As I've said before about the first person to eat an egg, I believe they were unbelievably HUNGRY!!!!.The word truffle is from the Latin root for "lump".
Truffle, when used to describe a candy, is used to describe a lump, which resembles the mushroom lump. That's a long way to go to name a candy. But...my question is, "why"? Why name a beautiful candy confection after a lumpy shape of a fungus? I mean, sure, it's a delicacy in France, but really?...the shape?....of a mushroom?...that's the best they had?....So, I've been thinking of alternate names for chocolate candies, which so many people seem to adore with profound love and adoration. Here's a few of my suggestions.
1. love nuggets-it makes me giggle to say it
2. embraces-it has a sensual overtone
3. torchies-I just like it
4. truthies-cause you'll say anything to get them
and my personal favorite: SMOOCHES
There you go....