There is nothing like the guilt of eating a molten chocolate lava cake in front of a kid who is allergic to the dairy in the ice cream, the eggs in the cake, and forbidden sugar.

A while ago, we started cheating. We started letting him taste the chocolate syrup on the plate.

When summer started to include ice cream parties, we expanded the spoiling. First, it was a drop of chocolate syrup on a spoon. Then a line. Then a bowl drizzled with it. This is his preferred dessert.

In a 19 food allergy panel, the only food Patrick tested completely negative for was chocolate.

We’ve all gotta splurge sometimes, right?

(In Patrick speak, “chocolate” is pronounced “daw-daw”)

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