Chocolate Education

Chocolate Education

Welcome to the Primal Chocolate Blog a great source for chocolate education.  You already acknowledge your chocolate problem, so feed it with more good info about chocolate.

How would you like to get started right away with a sample chocolate lesson?  As long as you’re here, you might as well have a quick lesson in chocolate tasting.  A quick chocolate education on the run.  Now, let’s jump right in…

Chocolate Tasting Education

To get started, you will need to have two chocolate bars. They should both be milk or dark, not one of each.  Also make sure they are plain chocolate with nothing like nuts, caramel, or flavors added. We want to make sure you’ll taste sufficient differences in the chocolate itself, without confusing the issue.

Are you ready to start your training?

First, cleanse your palate before each taste. Room temperature water is your best option. Hot or cold beverages will change the environment in your mouth and cause the chocolate to melt too quickly or too slowly.

Begin by smelling the first chocolate. Focus on the aroma and the many different scents. If you are having trouble identifying various scents, try putting your finger on the surface of the chocolate to melt or soften it a little.  That will help release some aroma.

Next put a small piece of the chocolate in your mouth. Chew it just a little. Pay attention to the smoothness or grittiness of this piece. Before you chew it all, allow the last of it to dissolve in your mouth. Again notice how smooth or gritty it is. During this entire process, as the chocolate softens and melts, different flavors are being released.

At first you’ll probably notice the sweetness and the intensity of the chocolate flavor notes, or potentially the lack of it. Then you might have noticed some nutty or fruity flavors. At the end you may notice lingering chocolaty or dairy notes, depending on whether you picked dark or milk chocolates. Yum.

Now it’s time to clean your palate and repeat with the second chocolate. See if you can notice different aromas, a different texture, and different flavors released as it melts.

How did the second chocolate compare to the first? Were you surprised by the similarities and differences?

If you have never taken the time to truly compare chocolate side by side, you might have been surprised at how different they were. I would recommend that you make some notes about this chocolate tasting. Repeat with more chocolates in the future. Soon you’ll have an exceptional record of your own chocolate preferences.

Next Steps in Your Chocolate Education

You can get a much more in depth chocolate education with the chocolate classes at Chocolate University Online.  You may also enjoy some of CUO’s chocolate instructional videos.

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