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Feb 142013
 



Who doesn’t lust after a Chocolate Molten Lava cake.

Yeah, kid, I’m asking ya!

Who doesn’t?

Stand up and answer or forever hold your tongue!

When I heard Arby’s had introduced Chocolate Molten Lava Cake for a limited time, I hotfooted over to the nearest franchise, a 12-mile, 18-minute drive.

Arby’s Ordering

As I walked into Arby’s, I noticed the place was near empty with a lone African-American customer waiting to pick up her order.

Gluttonous like a starving Indian from Kalahandi,  I ordered two pieces of Chocolate Molten Lava Cake ($1.99 each) along with curly fries, onion rings and a Jamocha shake for dine in.

I quickly plonked my brown derriere on a chair in the almost empty place. In five minutes, all my items were ready on a red tray.

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Arby’s Chocolate Molten Lava Cake came in a round plastic container with a transparent lid.

Here’s how Arby’s web site describes its Chocolate Molten Lava Cake:

Luscious warm chocolate cake with a decadent molten lava chocolate filling, topped with premium cocoa crumbles.

Sweetie, if that description doesn’t make you….you know what, right? – I don’t know what else will.

Arby's Chocolate Lava Cake Box - Image © SearchIndia.comArby’s Chocolate Molten Lava Cake – $1.98

As I carefully lifted the lid, a nice Chocolate flavor wafted up.

Alas, looks can be so deceiving!

Who’d think Miss World Aishwarya Rai would turn out to be such an awful actress!

The Chocolate Molten Lava Cake had a granulated, soft texture but barely lukewarm.

I heaped silent, vile curses in my Indian tongue Tamil.

Arby's Chocolate Lava Cake Box - Image © SearchIndia.comChocolate Molten Lava Cake

My second, and greater, frustration was that there was not enough Molten Lava Chocolate inside the cake making the whole thing a distressingly dry kinda affair.

Arby's Chocolate Lava Cake inside - Image © SearchIndia.comArby’s Chocolate Molten Lava Cake – Inside Story

The hype on Arby’s  “decadent molten lava chocolate filling” was overblown and unwarranted.

It was only when after excavating deeper that I found a small quantity of semi-liquid Molten Lava Chocolate.

Arby's Chocolate Lava Cake inside - Image © SearchIndia.comChocolate Molten Lava Cake – Dig Deeper for Molten Chocolate Lava

Soon I identified the culprit, the villain of the piece, cake.

It was the temperature at which the Chocolate Molten Lava Cake was served.

Most likely, my Chocolate Molten Lava Cake was not heated for sufficient time for the formation of a liquidy, viscous Molten Lava Chocolate filling.

Or, worse, my cake was sitting outside for too long before being served to me.

Or, God Forbid, did my Brown Face lead Arby’s to short shrift me?

No, I don’t think so! Arby’s would never do such a dastardly thing.

Disappointed with the insufficient amount of Molten Lava Chocolate Filling, I opened the second piece I ordered.

The second piece was warmer and had slightly more quantity of Molten Lava Chocolate filling compared to the first one.

Overall, I found Arby’s Chocolate Molten Lava cake neither luscious nor delicious. :(

Arby’s Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Nutrition Info

Serving Weight (g) – 112
Calories – 340 (from Fat 120)
Fat – Total (g) – 14
Saturated Fat (g) – 4
Trans Fat (g) – 0
Cholesterol (mg) – 25
Sodium (mg) – 280
Total Carbohydrates (g) – 53
Dietary Fiber (g) – 2
Iron (% DV) – 8
Sugars (g) – 35
Proteins (g) – 4
Vitamin A (% DV) – 4
Vitamin C (% DV) – *
Calcium (% DV) – 2

The other stuff at Arby’s like Curly Fries, Onion Rings, Jamocha Shake were all right, but nothing to get excited about.

Domino’s Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake

Disappointed with my Arby’s Chocolate Molten Lava Cake, I hit the pause button at Domino’s on the way home to pick up its Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake.

According to Domino’s web site, Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake is:

oven baked chocolate cakes, crunchy on the outside with molten chocolate fudge on the inside.

Domino’s Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake comes in a rectangle cardboard box and costs $3.99 for two pieces.

Domion's Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake Box - Image © SearchIndia.comChocolate Crunch Lava Cake Box- $3.99 for two

The Domino’s box includes two medium-sized round pieces of Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake with powdered sugar sprinkled on top.

Domion's Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake - Image © SearchIndia.comDomino’s Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake – Twin Delights

The Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake was crunchy and crispy outside and, true to its promise, included a rich layer of warm Molten Chocolate Fudge inside.

Yes, we saw and licked the evidence! ;)

Domion's Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake - Image © SearchIndia.comChocolate Crunch Lava Cake – Inside Story

The texture of Molten Chocolate Fudge inside was perfect, indeed so perfect that the chocolate lava dripped on to the Domino’s box as I was eating.

Oh, yeah, I also liked the powdered sugar on the Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake.

Folks, Domino’s Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake (350 calories per piece) is way better than Arby’s Chocolate Molten Lava Cake.

Ingredients of Domino’s Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake:

Fudge, cocoa, sugar, cookie cake, eggs, milk, soy, wheat, salt and artificial flavors.

According to Domino’s web site, Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake is prepared in a facility that handles peanuts and tree nuts.

So if you’re allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, I suggest you stay away from Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake.

Domino’s $7.99 three-toppings pizza (Mon-Thu) has gone to the dogs but its $3.99 Chocolate Crunch Lava Cake still comes out tops.

  4 Responses to “Arby’s Chocolate Molten Lava Cake – Man, What a Damp Squib”

  1. Thanks for the nutritional information ;)

    Looks like there are few of us who don’t have to worry about muffin tops :)

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Off-topic response: Sweetie, you wanted a book recommendation the other day. Here’s a gem of a book:

    The Story of My Assassins by Tarun Tejpal (the Tehelka guy)

    Tejpal brings Incredible India to life in every page of this gorgeous tome (529-pages) like no one else has in recent years.

    I can’t recommend The Story of My Assassins strongly enough.

    Your local library should have it.

    • So, I tried the sample on my reader and man, I was hooked.

      I could not have waited for my turn at the library and instead bought it.

      It is engrossing and fine writing by an Indian.

      I am about halfway through, just finished reading Kabir’s story.

      The last engrossing book of this magnitude was Suketu’s Maximum City.

      I wish I had off tomorrow, to be able to read more of this, all day tomorrow at work I am sure Chutia Nandan Pandey will be at the back of my head! Thanks for the reco

      SearchIndia.com Responds::

      So you must have gone past the “leather gloves” treatment to Kabir in the Kotwali. ;)

      Gawd, the things cops do to those in custody at Indian police stations!

      To be locked in battle, however unequal, against another gang, was not a crippling prospect. To face-off against policemen in a police station produced utter hopelessness; there would never be a rescuing knock at the door.

      – P.256, The Story of My Assassins by Tarun Tejpal

      I’ll do a full review soon!

  2. Thank you! Got on the library line!
    I just finished reading Free Will and, great book!

  3. Did you read Tavleen’s Durbar? I enjoyed it

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    No.