'Fifty Shades Of Grey'-Themed Cooking Class Has Us Cringing

You know the whole "Fifty Shades of Grey" trend has gone too far when it's the theme of a cooking class held in a California strip mall.

The Ventura County Star brings us the cringe-worthy tale of "couples, girlfriends" and (shudder) "mother-daughter duos" who had come together at a "Fifty Shades of Grey"-themed class at Let’s Get Cookin’ in Westlake Village. We applaud the effort -- way to be on the cutting edge, Let's Get Cookin' -- but your kitschy name doesn't exactly leave us feeling hot and bothered.

We'll say no more and let the dishes speak for themselves:

There were Playroom Pretzel Ropes, Bondage Wrapped Shrimp with Vanilla Bean Citrus Beurre Blanc and, for dessert, a martini called The Flogger.

Each glass of the concoction made with chocolate vodka and Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream was garnished with a shortbread cookie in the shape of a tiny, multi-tailed whip; Horn ran the dough through a garlic press to get the strands just so.

Who brings their mother to one of these things? Not only that, these dishes sound like your run-of-the-mill cooking class dishes -- with scandalous-sounding names slapped on them.

If this hasn't turned you off "Fifty Shades of Grey" cooking yet, just wait:

Especially popular are devices known as Kegel exercisers, referred to in the books as ben wa balls. Manufacturers of the small, weighted balls were caught unprepared for the demand created by the books but are starting to catch up with back orders...

At the cooking class ... attendees duplicated the balls' appearance by dusting chocolate truffles with an edible silver powder.

Thanks for that imagery, Let's Get Cookin'. We never want to eat a truffle again.

The Ventura County Star has more sordid details about the class and a few other areas infiltrated by "Fifty Shades of Grey."