Who doesn’t love chocolate? Well, probably those who are allergic to the stuff. That sounds like the absolute worst, because besides being pretty amazingly delicious, chocolate’s also pretty good for you, with plenty of properties that make it beneficial. Regular chocolate eaters seem to have a lower risk of stroke, heart disease, even, somewhat strangely, diabetes. The upsides don’t stop there. It can also potentially reduce your cravings for other, worse for you foods like salty snacks, boost your mood, and even calm a stubborn cough.
But apparently it’s also good for a culinary magic trick. Byron Talbott, some sort of magical food wizard, began with a simple (and slightly roughshod) video on how to cook sunny-side-up eggs. It wasn’t a huge hit but he stuck with it, improving his YouTube game and leveraging his skills as a trained chef to become a true food-video sensation. Even that original video that nobody cared much about now has over 600,000 views.
And that’s the real key in succeeding on YouTube, right? Or really anything. Never give up.
But back to chocolate. And magic. By using some simple techniques, Byron whips up a batch of tempered chocolate, and using a cheap plastic mold you can buy at any craft or kitchen store, creates a delicate sphere of perfectly glassy chocolate. Of course, he buffs it back to a dull finish so he can really surprise people when he assembles the finished dish and pours hot caramel over the top. When he puts the first fork in, I can almost taste it myself!