Demonstrations are organized all day long. You will be able to see how chocolate is tempered to make it shiny and tasty.
There's a chance to taste different chocolates. Children in particular have a wonderful time.
Chocolate tasting etiquette
- Tasting should occur in the morning when your sense of taste is at its sharpest.
- Tasting amounts should be small to avoid over-indulgence and overpowering your taste buds.
- When sampling, begin with white and milk chocolate before venturing into the intense flavours of dark chocolate.
- Always clean your palate with water(at room temp.) or flavourless crackers between tastings.
- Limit your tasting to six different pieces to ensure your palate continues to sense the subtle differences in the chocolate.
- There are 5 different categories used to rate chocolate.
- The sense of smell makes up a large part of the sense of taste, thus indicating how chocolate will taste.
- All chocolate has the basic “chocolaty” aroma, but other common aromas or “notes” that can be found include earthy, spicy, tobacco, licorice, grass, citrus, and even cheese !
Look / Snap
- Good chocolates often have a redder appearance rather than black.
- Grain should be fine, preferably without air bubbles.
- Surface should be smooth with a silky sheen.
- It should break with a clean, crisp snap, not too brittle or too soft.
- The flavours will evolve, initial bursts, slow developers, and hidden notes.
- It is best to first let the chocolate slowly melt on the tongue to release the initial flavours and slow developers, and then munch the chocolate to reveal the hidden notes.
- Roll the chocolate around the tongue to reach the four zones. The top senses sweet, the sides sense salt and sour and the back senses bitter.
- Chocolate melts at a temperature that is close to our body’s temperature… which is why it melts in our mouths !
- It should be smooth and velvety, never sticky, waxy, or sandy in the mouth.
- A good chocolate is revealed in its length, the aftertaste that lingers on after the chocolate is eaten.
- Poor quality chocolate quickly turns bitter and metallic in the mouth.
- Good quality chocolate tastes good in the mouth a long time after eating.