Tcho chocolate has these cute little taster sets. Who knew that 8 tiny squares of chocolate could go such a long way in satisfying your craving?
Along with your sampler, you also get an instruction card for "How to Taste Chocolate." Follow these six simple rules to becoming a chocolate connoisseur:
1. Look for a consistent color and shiny finish on your chocolate; this signifies well-crafted chocolate.
2. Listen for a clean, bright snap when you break your chocolate; this is an indicator of good tempering.
3. Smell is a significant determinant to taste; gently rub a piece then inhale deeply and note the aromas.
4. Taste by placing the chocolate on your tongue without biting into it; let it soften to release the flavors.
5. Feel the chocolate's texture in your mouth; it should melt evenly and feel smooth and silky.
6. Aftertaste, or the "finish," can sometimes be very different from the initial flavor you tasted; as the chocolate melts on your tongue, notice how it changes.
Maybe your next event could be a chocolate tasting?!