As part of the celebration of the quincentential of John Calvin's birth, chocolatier Blaise Poyet created a chocolate that captured Calvin's life and work. It was a challenge. "It's not easy to represent theological ideas by using the taste buds," he notes.
The confections are 4 layers: a variation on a praline (it's "reformed"), a 68% intensely Brazilian cocoa paste (to represent Calvin's view of the glory and perfection of God), a soft caramel (to signify his discreet care of neighbors) and a dash of lemon verbena (the herb is a perennial, and represents the growth of Calvin's theological ideas).
Personally, I think there should be five flavor notes, but perhaps I'm too literal in my theological translations?
All this has me contemplating what a chocolate embodying Karl Rahner, SJ's theology might taste like? or St. John Chrysostom's preaching? Rahner would have to be built on a base of some intense single source chocolate - 85% cacao at least! And St. John Chrysostom? Smooth, honey based caramel, perhaps?