Amuse Bouche: Whoopie! Cough!

File this under “Probably Dubious Medical Studies That We’re Still Going To Take Seriously“: Our brother in blogging recently sent us some incredibly exciting news. It seems that researchers in Great Britain have found that theobromine, a key ingredient in chocolate, is a rather effective remedy for getting rid of a cough. In the study, participants who were given theobromine in doses equivalent to those found in two cups of hot cocoa coughed less than those taking codeine. Additionally, unlike codeine, theobromine doesn’t make you sleepy. We don’t know about you, but we’re going to choose to take this as gospel, because, hey, chocolate. If you’re feeling a little wheezy, here are three places to check out.

Finale is, after all, a dessert cafe so there’s no shortage of chocolate options. As tempted as we are by the molten chocolate cake, if you’re really serious about treating your cough, you should probably bring a friend and split the “Chocolate Euphoria”: a Black Forest torte, molten chocolate cake (hey!), and a white chocolate dome filled with liquid strawberry.
•During our senior year of college, there was a short lived outpost of Harvard Square’s LA Burdick almost right on our campus! It was a little rich for our student-budget blood, but we still snuck away every so often for the unbelievably rich and creamy hot chocolate. We cannot recommend this cocoa enough, especially if you pair it with one of the fantastic pastries.
•We’re a huge fan of Sweet Christopher’s Dessert Cafe, both for the super chatty and charming owner and employees (best place to get your JP gossip on) and for the extraordinary desserts. Nurse your cough with the chocolate trilogy: three kinds of chocolate mousse (white, milk, and dark) layered atop a base of chocolate cake. It’s so good, you’ll never want to get better.

Coughing? Take Some Chocolate [BUPA]
Finale [Official Site]
LA Burdick [Official Site]
Sweet Christopher’s Dessert Cafe [MenuPages]

Amuse Bouche: Whoopie! Cough!