Day 15: Chocolate Hazelnut Turtle

23 Jan

The average chocolate ration during the war was 2 ounces per person, per week. Now, I mostly eat that amount of dark chocolate every day. So this has taken some adjustment. But when it came to rationing,  chocolate and candy were hit rather severely during the war. This was part of the reason why American GIs stationed in Britain were often popular with locals – they had a generous supply of cigarettes and chocolate (and SPAM but that’s another story) compared to the Brits. They’d often share their supply.

My Grandfather’s sister ended up marrying an American and moving with him to Staunton, Virginia after the war. Hopefully not just for the chocolate. Coincidentally, Staunton is where some of my husband’s family lives now. Hopefully we’re not related except by marriage. And no, I didn’t marry Ed for the chocolate.

Image Credit: IMP Awards

Speaking of war-time romances, if you’ve never seen the Cary Grant movie I Was A Male War Bride? Worth it, just to see Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan argue. In that movie, it’s a French officer and an American army woman who marry, but you get the idea. Some things, like marital squabbles, are an international language.

Ed just got home and is pouting because there is none left for him.

Chocolate Hazelnut Turtle

INGREDIENTS
2 ounces semisweet chocolate
Equal volume toasted whole hazelnuts
Vegetable oil

METHOD
Chop the chocolate and melt it in the microwave, or over a double boiler. Spray a baking sheet with the vegetable oil, or line the baking sheet with a Silpat. Coat the hazelnuts with the chocolate and spread evenly onto the baking sheet. Leave to cool at room temperature. Unless it’s very hot outside, do not put in the fridge. Condensation is the enemy of chocolate.

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