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Chocolate tasting and pairings

Hello Choco lovers,

If you are looking for some tips on how to host your chocolate tasting party. I am here to help you decode the mysteries about it all. First thing you will need to note is that chocolate is very complex in flavors and sometimes you might not be able to place your finger on the tastes you are experiencing. We have made a little gift for you which will help you and your guests with your descriptions below.

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Next you will want to have glasses of water and apple slices to help reset your palate between each taste. If your guests have sensitive noses, have some cups of coffee beans on standby to help reset those good old nostrils! Limit your Chocolate range to a maximum of five as you will find your taste buds will get pretty tired by making them work so hard at deciphering it all… one step at a time. Take lots of breaks in between to talk about the good old British weather or whatever strikes your fancy (depending on which part of the world you live in)

You might want to jazz up your tasting party by pairing you chocolates with some food items. Here are a few:

  •      Chocolate and Cheese: Goats cheese, Danish blue cheese and aged Gouda
  •      Chocolate and Wine: Red wines such as Amarone, Shiraz and Zinfandel (Primitivo)

Rich Chocolate cakes go very well with Pinot Noir, Merlot and Carbanet

  •      Chocolate and Liquor: Jameson Irish Whisky, Scotch and Cognac
  •      Chocolate and Coffee: Arabica and any of your favourites
  •      Chocolate and Beer: there are so many, try them all! 🙂

Happy tasting! And remember chocolate is meant to me savored so don’t worry if you don’t get through it all. You and your guests will have had plenty to discuss and will leave feeling very stimulated!

PS: you will find a bigger version of my tasting wheel on my website:

http://www.lasignorina.co.uk/blog/chocolate-tasting

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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in chocolate

 

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La Signorina Chocolate Tasting Wheel

La Signorina Chocolate Tasting Wheel

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
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