(Cross posted at Mixed Multitudes)
Came across this awesome article about a Swiss choclatier named Blaise Poyet who has created a new chocolate inspired by John Calvin to honor Calvin’s 500th birthday:
He acknowledges the difficulty of representing theological ideas in taste, “But the key thing for Calvin is the glory of God, his excellence, his perfection. So we chose a chocolate that we chocolatiers find rare and flawless…” The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches actually approached Poyet: one must hope they are satisfied:
“The first layer is based on a classic smooth and runny praline mix but we have “reformed” it by using crunchy caramelised hazelnuts, and salt from the Swiss Alps to make the praline slightly savoury.
The second layer uses a “chocolate Grand Cru from Bolivia”, made from 68 percent cocoa paste, to represent Calvin’s theology of the glory and perfection of God….”
Calvin’s hellfire beliefs are not, alas, represented by burnt bits, but “we have used a caramel made from Swiss cream that that slightly softens the chocolate to represent in a discreet way this love for one’s neighbour” Finally, a taste of lemon verbena, a perennial, represents Calvin’s ability to sow, to plant and to make things grow.
How completely awesome. It got us thinking at the MJL offices about how we’d represent various Jewish leaders in dessert format. Here’s what we’ve got so far:
Theodore Herzl–Lemon Meringue Pie
Because meringue seems to defy logic and gravity to become a sweet and wonderful thing. Also, you have to labor long and hard over it.
Madeleine Albright–Crème Brulee
Because she’s got a tough and fiery crust covering up a sweet and soft inside. Also, old world European charm.
Moshe Katsav–Black Bottom Cupcakes
Because he probably called some girl in his office ‘Black Bottom Cupcake’
Dr. Ruth Westheimer–Rugelach
Because it’s kind of phallic, sweet, and old school. Also, can be gooey.
Amshinover Rebbe–Chocolate Cake From the Slow Cooker
Because it takes him eight hours to do Shacharit, so dessert should take at least as long.
Neshama Carlebach–pareve brownies
Because when listening to her you really notice the use of substitutions.
Because it contains so many nice things, sounds great and tastes amazing, but quite hard to fathom and not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea.
Because he makes everything more palatable. Also, ubiquitous.
Anybody want to take a stab at Rav Moshe Feinstein, the Baal Shem Tov, or Debbie Friedman?