My son shoved a wad of gum in his eye the other day. We were about halfway into our road trip from Grand Forks when I noticed my normally rambunctious but all the sudden curiously quiet child making pulling motions from the top section of his face.
I turned around to see his eye sealed shut by a spider web of pink bubble gum. I pulled over at the next exit and got out of the car. The Professor (who happened to be following us) pulls up behind and got out too. “What’s going on?” he asks. I will preface my response by saying as a parent you find yourself saying a lot of sentences made up of words you never would assume go together, like for example, “Hiro’s eye is sealed shut with gum.” We gave each other the look which can only be described as the why did we do this to ourselves?
Consider this a warning to all you happily married childless couples out there—don’t ever have children. No, no, no, I’m kidding, they’re great. All my stories would be about me if I didn’t have children (read: boring). Just think about it long and hard before you make that leap, it took about 3 days before all the gum was gone from that child’s eyelashes, is that something you want to deal with?
On the upside, children allow for lots of guilt-free consumption of food you’d normally never make (read: bread + chocolate + waffle iron). This snack has been a standard in our kitchen for a few months now. Abuelita Mexican chocolate is a must here. I know you’ve seen it on grocery store shelves in the “ethnic” aisle, it has that sweet, bun-wearing grandma drinking hot chocolate on the front. Anyway, its milk chocolate flavored with cinnamon and chile and meant to be melted into milk to make Mexican hot chocolate but when you melt it between two layers of bread it becomes the chocolatey, cinnamon toast of your dreams.
I can see lots of iterations on the chocolate waffle iron sandwich being good. Off the top of my head, I’m thinking banana, peanut butter, Nutella, toffee, marshmallows…..Louisa says sprinkles, see kids are good for something.
- 2 slices bread
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped Mexican chocolate (preferably Abuelita brand)
- pinch cinnamon
- pinch ground chipotle chile powder
- Heat waffle iron.
- Spread butter on one side of both slices of bread. Flip bread over and sprinkle chocolate all over one slice. Sprinkle with cinnamon and chile powder, then top with the other slice of bread, butter-side out.
- Place in waffle iron and close, pressing down a bit. Let cook until bread is toasted and chocolate is melted, about 3 minutes.
- Serve immediately.