The next time you want to indulge your sweet tooth and laugh in the face of calories, head to Third Street Deli for a slice of Chocolate Thunder. You may wonder if you will be able to eat your favorite deli sandwich and dessert in one sitting. You cannot. In fact, you shouldn’t even try. To truly savor this slice, forgo lunch altogether and skip straight to the sweet stuff.

Few desserts have so easily won my heart, but this decadent treat is no ordinary piece of chocolate cake. Where some cakes are airy and light, Chocolate Thunder is indulgently dense, each bite weighing on the tongue with a heaviness that can only be described as heavenly. Rich in texture with the semi-sweet bitterness of dark chocolate, you will find it difficult to put down the fork. It’s ok, we understand – and we never judge.

There is no shame in eating chocolate cake for lunch. Not when the chocolate cake is Chocolate Thunder. One slice has the power to turn a dreary Monday into a special occasion, or “that time you had cake for lunch.” Share the moment with a friend, but order your own slice of cake. Battles over the last bite can be brutal for even the best of friendships.

I’ve entertained the thought of mixing it up, perhaps making a lunch-date with a skinny slice of hot chocolate cheesecake or one of their scrumptious cookies. But my heart always leads me back to that familiar hunk of chocolatey goodness. It’s the ultimate “treat yo’self” moment, from the first bite to the last. This is a dessert that deserves to be savored, it gives you permission to close your eyes and smile as it melts in your mouth. And it’s worthy of being mourned when alas, no more remains.