How to identify a quality chocolate ?

The number of chocolate amateurs is constantly increasing throughout the world, and the product has already made
a name for itself.

But is it that easy to identify a quality chocolate?
What are the quality criterion to be checked?

In order to find answers to this question, it is necessary
to appeal to all 5 senses.

The Smell

Chocolate is a very fragrant product. The stronger and more persistent the smell is, the better it will be.

The eyesight

Chocolate has to be glossy. If chocolate surface turns white, this indicates bad preservation.

In the case of milk chocolate, the colour shall not be too light, nor too dark.

In the case of dark chocolate, the colour shall be dark brown. The more mahogany shades the chocolate has, the finer it shall be.


The Hearing

As mentioned before, quality chocolate should crisp and firm.

It is therefore interesting to listen to the sound it makes when you break it.

If said sound is crisp, clear and sharp, it means it is quality chocolate. If the sound is dull, it is bad quality chocolate.


The Touch

A quality chocolate should crisp and firm.

In order to test the quality of chocolate, proceed as follows: Put a square of chocolate on the palm of your hand and close your hand. Wait for 20 seconds. If the chocolate square has not melted, it means it is bad quality chocolate.

The Taste

Texture shall smooth and silky. Good chocolate melts in the mouth and shall never be gritty. This has to do with a high content of cocoa butter, which guarantees good final quality. 

The taste of a good chocolate shall be remain for a while and not fade away too immediately.

The secrets of a good tasting

Preferably in the morning, when your sensitivity is higher. Having chocolate at the end of a meal is not the best way to reveal its flavors. Have a glass of water between each chocolate square if you taste different kinds of chocolate. This way, the flavors will not get mixed.

Avoid having ice cream, drinking champagne or coffee before tasting (a cup of tea is a better option). Doing so would affect the flavors of chocolate.

Take time to taste the chocolate in order to let flavors develop.

What about quantities ?

Chocolate shall be consumed in small amounts, in order to avoid excess consumption and/or habituation. Moreover, tasting chocolate in small amounts enhances the appreciation of fragrants and flavors. However, you can always repeat the tasting session.