Posted 11th October
National Chocolate Week (9th - 15th October) is a week we've had our eyes on for a while
To help us to make the most of our chocolate, Godiva's Chef Chocolatier Philippe Daue shares his top five tips to make your chocolate taste better, and to help you make it an even more indulgent experience.
Chef Philippe said: "Anyone can appreciate amazing quality chocolate if they practice tasting it properly – and that means, eating more of it."
1 Never put your chocolate in the fridge
Storing your chocolate in the fridge is a big no-no, as it impairs the flavour. If you've already made this mistake, it is recommended you take it out of the fridge, and let it warm to room temperature for at least half an hour before you start eating it.
2 Don't rely on descriptions when choosing your chocolate
It's advised that you don't read the descriptions of your chocolate until after you've tasted it. This is because the surprise of the flavours will make you consider each bite and exactly what you are tasting. This allows you to get more out of the experience, and who knows? You could find a new flavour you like.
3 Smell your chocolate first
Eating chocolate should engage all of your senses. Rub the chocolate three or four times to release the aromas, before smelling the chocolate about an inch away from the nose. The rich smell will then help you prepare your taste buds for the flavours to come.
4 Eat a single piece at a time
It may be tempting to finish a whole block in one sitting, but in reality, the chocolate will be more enjoyable if you have one piece at a time. Take a small piece and let it melt in your mouth for five to six seconds. Then let it spread around your mouth, and start chewing. Be sure to keep your mouth closed and breath through your nose - this will empower the senses for the most enjoyment.
5 Consider the setting
Studies have revealed the setting will make an enormous difference when you're tasting chocolate. To fully appreciate yours, you should think about where you'll eat it and what will make you happy to create an indulgent experience. For instance, if you love the outdoors, sit somewhere with a view you will enjoy. Alternatively, wrap yourself up so you feel comfortable and warm.
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