Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)
by Chef

Album: Chef Aid: The South Park Album (1998)
Charted: 1

Songfacts®:

  • Isaac Hayes was the voice of Chef, an animated character on the hit TV show South Park. Chef worked in the school cafeteria, and often found an excuse to sing about making sweet love to a woman. This song is his ode to one of his culinary creations, and is filled with sexual innuendo.
  • This was written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who are the creators of South Park, along with their musical collaborator Bruce Howell. They are big fans of Broadway musicals, and although their show is a comedy, they craft their songs in a serious fashion, just with absurd lyrics. They clearly have a talent for it: their song "Blame Canada" from the movie South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut was nominated for an Oscar. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • This was produced by Rick Rubin, who has worked with Audioslave, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer and many others.
  • The South Park episode where this appeared was called "Chef's Salty Chocolate Balls," and aired August 19, 1998. On November 24, it was included on Chef Aid: The South Park Album, which was issued after the "Chef Aid" episode of the series aired. The album features music from earlier episodes along with other songs "inspired" by the TV series, including "Brad Logan" by Rancid and "The Rainbow" by Ween.

    "Chocolate Salty Balls" was released as a single in the UK and shot to #1 its second week of release, topping the chart on January 2, 1999. For Isaac Hayes, it was by far his biggest hit in Britain, topping "Theme From Shaft," which reached #4 in 1971.

    In America, "Chocolate Salty Balls" was not released as a single.
  • Saturday Night Live ran a skit with a similar theme on their December 12, 1998 show. On the skit "Delicious Dish," which is a takeoff on National Public Radio, Alec Baldwin appeared as Pete Schweddy, purveyor of his famous Christmas treat: Schweddy Balls.
  • The recipe as Chef describes it is:

    2 tablespoons cinnamon
    2-3 egg whites
    1/2 stick butter
    1 cup unsweetened chocolate
    1/2 cup brandy
    1-2 bags of sugar
    Pinch of vanilla
    1 cup flour

    We can also assume that salt is added to taste.

    The recipe really does work, although not very well. The cinnamon can be a bit overpowering and that balls don't hold together so well.

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