So hosting a Chocolate Tasting sounded like the perfect idea! You can either get a group together or do the tasting just the two of you. If you would like to join us for a virtual Group Date via Facebook Live, make sure to join my Facebook Group. We will be hosting a tasting on February 3rd at 7:30 PM PST. It is sure to be a lot of fun!!
So back to the details on how to host a tasting. Some links contain affiliates. All opinions are my own and we have tried every product that I recommend.
Chocolate! We recommend gourmet chocolates to get the full experience, but really any chocolate will do. Make sure to have a variety of flavors and types. Pay attention to the percentage of cocoa in each one of your chocolates. Get some extra dark all the way down to milk. For our date, we usedSCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate Tasting Squares. They come in a large box, so don't let the price tag dissuade you! You can host a tasting with 6-12 people using this box, depending on how much chocolate you want to offer. Another fun option is to do a Taste the World experience with chocolates from different countries.
Plain/Wheat crackers to cleanse your pallet.
If you would like to organize the chocolate, I highly suggest these adorable and FREE printables from the Dating Divas. They also have a great scoring card and place to take notes. I'll be updating this post with pictures after our tasting next week.
For the actual tasting, you will want to follow these steps.
1. Taste the chocolates in order from least to most sweet (highest % of cocoa to lowest).
2. First, look at the chocolate. It should be smooth and free of any white marks (called bloom).
3. Next, break the chocolate in two. You should hear a snap and the break should create smooth lines.
4. Use your other senses before tasting. Rub the chocolate between your fingers. It should be smooth and even. Smell the chocolate--this will enhance the flavor once you taste.
5. Place the chocolate on your tongue and let it melt slowly. Biting into dark chocolate too quickly will release a bitter flavor. Notice the texture... good chocolate will be velvety rather than oily. Enjoy the chocolate slowly. Does the flavor change over time? Does it taste like it smelled?
6. Write down any notes that you want to remember. Tasting multiple chocolates will make you forget some things you noticed about each.
7. Cleanse your pallet before tasting the next chocolate by eating a cracker and taking a sip of water.
8. When you've tasted all of your chocolates, rate them according to your preference. Did you all prefer the same chocolate? Different? What did you like or dislike about each?
This is seriously such a fun date! We've done it twice now and have had so much fun both times. I was surprised just how much I enjoyed the darker chocolates when I ate them correctly. I've always through that I disliked dark chocolates, but it turns out that I just didn't know how to enjoy them!
I'll be updating this post after our Live Group Date with which chocolates were our favorites (don't want to give away any spoilers here).
Have you done a chocolate tasting? Did you enjoy it? Which chocolates are your favorite?