CHOCOLASMIA

by The Chocolate Dictionary

In literature and film, chocolasmia is where the word ‘chocolate’ in the title or plot is a euphemism for themes of a passionate or erotic nature. Typical of the genre is the book Assorted Chocolates (2011) by Dujour which, contrary to what the title suggests, is not a enticing review of  pralines, truffles and ganaches, but a collection of erotic short stories. Similarly, Hot Chocolate (2004) is a collection of “meltingly hot, satisfyingly short stories” written by black women who explore the “depths and heights of steamy sensuality”. No mention of truffles here either, yet still full of dark contours, silky textures, and soft, meltingly intimate couplings. The photo series Strawberry and Chocolate (2011) would disappoint anyone looking for an original and interesting recipe book, but would delight one interested in two sweet-looking lesbians – one light-skinned, one dark – engaged in mutual love, nudity and kissing.

It is worth distinguishing such titles from books like Enid Futterman’s Bittersweet Journey and Em Woods’ Chocolate Dreams. In these, the storylines really do feature characters who pursue chocolate before and after being struck by cupid’s arrow, even though it’s not possible to tell just from the title.

Only one of these title is actually about chocolate. (Images from: Amazon.co.uk)

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