How to taste Chocolate

I found this online and thought it was great!  Just like wine tasting… hmmm wine and chocolate….

How to Taste Chocolate

Look at the Chocolate in bar form and scan for any air bubbles, streaks, or discoloration. You do not want any of those in or on your chocolate. You want to see a nice shine on the chocolates surface.

Smell the entire bar before breaking off a piece. Get the full aroma of the bar and try to pick out the distinct aroma of that particular bar. Many times you will be able to know what the bar will taste like by smelling it. You can also smell apart a bar filled with sugar and a high cacao content bar.

Listen to the snap of the chocolate as you break a piece off. Should be a nice clean loud snap.

Most important! The look, smell, and snap could all be perfect but if it doesn’t taste good then it is meaningless. Break a small piece of chocolate and put it on your tongue. Let the chocolate melt on your tongue and start to push it around between the roof of your mouth and all area’s of your tongue. This will allow you to taste all the flavors that particular chocolate has to offer. Take it nice and slow so you can really taste out any and every flavor that presents itself.

Chocolate’s texture can big an important part to some people and not as important to others. You can have a sandy, grainy, chalky, smooth, waxy, and even slimy texture. Smooth slick texture is usually preferred but you can like whatever you want.

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