Chocolate Definitely Goes with Everything
February 19, 2013

Chocolate Definitely Goes with Everything

Since Valentine’s Day came and went last week, I have been learning about the gifts that my friends and co-workers received from their lovers. On the whole, they were pretty conventional: flowers, box of chocolates, card, jewelry, clothes, you know, what is always given. But then I heard about some less than conventional Valentine’s Day gifts: tanning membership, mini-fridge, and even power tools.

That made me wonder what other options were available. That’s when the Cosmos shone down on me, and I was lead to an Associated Press (AP) release about a sort of traditional gift in a non-traditional form. According to the AP, one Dallas, Texas, chocolatier combines fashion and chocolate to make the perfect sweet treat for any fashionista.

Andrea Pedraza is a chocolatier in the Lone Star state — a state known for doing it bigger. Well, she has taken to creating high heel pumps in chocolate form. You read that correctly; she makes edible high heels. Pedraza herself has a fondness for designer high heels, so she decided to take that desire and combine it with one of history’s oldest desires to make the trendy confection to please any eye…and tastebud.

Pedraza’s most popular pumps are those mimicking Christian Louboutin shoes. She sells the chocolate heels for $30 to $55 (USD) on average, although if a customer asks for more chocolates in the heel, they can cost more. She sells the chocolate pumps mostly to men buying the sweets for their sweeties.

The AP even included a YouTube video for those interested in watching the creation of high heels. It is a pretty interesting little snippet of how Pedraza fashions her high fashion treats. What does she call her line, you ask? Why, only Coco Andrea of course.

On the one hand, this seems like an extremely materialistic gift. They are, after all, edible shoes. However, I can also understand that for some people this might be the perfect gift. For instance, if a woman or man loves chocolate but also follows fashion, then a gift that combines them both would show her or him that the partner knew her or his interests. Sometimes it is not about the gift in and of itself; rather, gift giving is often more about the meaning, what the gift is saying.

If I had a loved one whose passions were chocolate and high heels, I would probably look into these confections as a gift although $55 does seem a bit high for a gift that will ultimately end up eaten.

Since chocolate made its way into American hearts (and mouths), it has been a desired commodity. We love our sweet, semi-sweet, and dark chocolates. Sometimes a chocolate is the only thing that will save a really rough day. So, if all else fails, giving chocolate as a gift anytime of the year seems to make people smile. And fashionable, fun, and filling chocolate only adds to the sweet treat. Anybody can buy a box of chocolates, but not just anybody receives a chocolate shaped like their favorite designer shoe.

Andrea Pedraza has created a gift that fashionistas will love to show off. This accessory may not be wearable, but it definitely will make others melt with envy.

Image Credit: FomaA / Shutterstock

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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