While eating a bowl of ice cream the other day, I had a sudden recollection of a scene from a story I'd read some time ago—however, I can't actually remember many details beyond the scene that triggered my nostalgia, so I'm hoping someone here might be able to help me.
This would have been a children's book of some sort. Chapters, not a picture book. Most likely it was what would be called middle grade today, I think? I read it at least ten years ago, probably closer to fifteen—it had sort of a late-1990s/mid-2000s fantasy vibe, if I'm remembering it right, so I wouldn't be at all surprised if that was when it was published. However, it could potentially be earlier or slightly later than that.
My vague recollections:
- It was set in the modern world, or something similar to the modern world but with magic.
- There was a character—male, I think, but I don't remember if he was a boy or an adult man--who for some reason had to hide this fantasy creature. Most likely from people who didn't know magic, I think. (I don't think hiding this creature was the main plot, however. I think it was one piece of a larger "exploring magic and magical world" plot.)
- This creature was… some sort of fantasy beast. Perhaps a young dragon? Or some sort of small mammalian fantasy creature? I remember it being the size of a cat or small dog, but much more able to cause mischief and destruction.
- The creature loved chocolate, absolutely more than anything else. It would go crazy for the stuff. (I think perhaps it hadn't had any before meeting the human characters, and became obsessed on realizing how good it tasted?) It could be bribed with chunks of chocolate to behave, but it would also become totally fixated if it sensed there was chocolate nearby it couldn't have—like a puppy with a treat.
- This dragon wasn't a talking creature or anything like that, to my memory. It was treated more like a pet. However, it was much more intelligent than any real-world pet, it just had a very animalistic sort of perspective on the world. There were a few scenes from its POV, though they were short and not at all the bulk of the story.
The specific scene I remember:
The dragon/creature/whatever had earlier smelled a chocolate factory or chocolate store of some sort, and had become desperate to get into it. The human tried to stop it, but it slipped away and managed to get inside. The next scene was from its perspective, and was written as this creature basically being in Heaven as it gorged itself on chocolate. There was a description in particular of it trying… dark chocolate ice cream, I think? by just launching itself into the carton headfirst and eating straight into it, and how good the cold chocolate tasted. Just lots and lots of taste descriptions.
(I think, later, there was a scene of the human later finding the creature essentially gorged too full too move, surrounded by an empty carton and torn up wrappers and such, and having to smuggle it away again.)