Nine Essential Tools for Tasting Chocolate

Tools for chocolate tasting and palate training.

Now you're going to know exactly how far down the rabbit hole I've gone with chocolate tasting.

Essential tools for tasting chocolate.

I taste chocolate daily, sometimes as a part of research, experiments and palate training.  Other times as a purely pleasurable experience. These are the tools I use, I keep them on my desk or nearby, some I even carry with me on most days.

How to find specific flavor notes in chocolate: An exercise in tasting for fig

Chocolate tasting with a specific goal of finding fig like aromas and flavors. 

A specific taste test of chocolate bars for fig notes

Want an fun experience that will hone your taste buds?  This exercise will keep you trying chocolate until you find just the right match.

First, make sure you have a firm grasp on the aromas and flavor notes you would like to identify in chocolate. Smelling and tasting while taking notes really helps to cement those memories. I focused just on fig notes for this experiment (more on my palate training for fig notes).

The next step is to test your memory and see if you can find those same combinations of notes in chocolate, which means tasting chocolate until you find those notes.

Palate Training: Two Figs and a Date

Palate Training for chocolate with Black Mission Figs, Calimyrna Figs, and Dates
Palate Training for Fig and Date Notes in Chocolate

I'm palate training with figs and dates this time, why?  I so often hear people say that they taste notes of figs in craft chocolate.  My question is, do we really taste figs?  If so, let's see what type of figs so we can be specific.