The Marquis de Sade’s Cocoa Habit

A while back I published a cute spanking graphic that appeared to link the Marquis de Sade to the consumption of cocoa:

cocoa spanking

At that time I speculated: “Apparently the Marquis enjoyed a little pick-me-up with his flagellation?”

Apparently, indeed. Thanks are due to an alert reader, who wrote in with this excerpt from Maurice Lever’s biography of the Marquis:

The marquis de Sade’s palate was most keenly excited by pastry and sweets. [. . .] Chocolate inspired an irresistible passion. He loved it in all its forms: in cream, in cakes, in ice cream, in bars: “I asked… for a cake with icing,” he wrote his wife, “but I want it to be chocolate and black inside from chocolate as the devil’s ass is black from smoke. And the icing is to be the same.”

[Lever, Maurice. Sade: A Biography. English translation by
Arthur Goldhammer. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux,

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