Chocolate Tasting

Posted in mindful mondays - food for thought on Feb 12,2012

“Strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of those pieces.” ~Judith Viorst

 “Forget love, I’d rather fall in chocolate.” ~anonymous

 Staying with the spirit of this week’s holiday, Valentines Day, let’s bring chocolate into our Mindful Monday practice.

Chocolate has amazing complexities and levels of flavor. Each chocolate has unique attributes, from flavor notes to texture to finish. Like fine wine, many things affect the final product: the blend of cacao beans, the percentage of cacao, the region where the beans were grown, as well as the timing and manner of the roasting and drying processes. Like wine, chocolate connoisseurs hold tasting sessions that let them explore all the delicious details of their favorite food.

A chocolate tasting, much like a wine tasting, engages more than your taste buds. All five of your senses are used to judge and experience the complexities and nuances of fine chocolates.

For this Mindful Monday, read the attached article here: Chocolate Tasting, then, practice mindful eating on February 14th when you are enjoying your Valentine chocolate. Take notes on the chocolate’s aroma (sweet, sour, floral); on its texture (velvety, grainy, creamy, waxy); its flavor notes and the order of the flavors, since each chocolate will have its very own beginning, middle and finish. You should also note how long the flavor lingers and what qualities it leaves behind.

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