Tuesday, March 3, 2009
We're huge chocolate fans in this house. Huge. Shoot, this family might even be chocolate's number one fan. I have the feeling that doesn't surprise anyone, does it? Heh. So when my little bro flew into town yesterday, we decided to celebrate with an impromptu family dinner and then hold a Chocolate Taste Testing for dessert. It was a big success and lots o' fun to boot -- our dessert kind of turned into a little party. We did a blind taste test of 12 milk chocolates and Ritter Sport was the winner with 4 votes, Cadbury got 3 votes, and Hershey (the classic brown bar) and Hershey Symphony each got 2 votes. We were kinda shocked, it wasn't at all what we expected! Personally I really liked Ghirardelli, but was totally outvoted. Sheesh, I can't believe these people call themselves Californians... It was hilarious to note that one chocolate (#3, Starbucks milk chocolate) was vehemently despised by every single person in our group, even the three-year-olds! And I particularly liked comments like "No, no, fake" from my mom when describing the Starbucks chocolate, "Tastes fruity, ok texture, color all wrong" from TubaDad when describing the Cadbury, and "Good, tastes a little bit melty" from Ro when describing the Scharffen Berger. It was so much fun that I think you guys should do it too! Will you take our chocolate challenge? To hold your own chocolate taste test, here's what you do: 1. Purchase a whole bunch of chocolate, any kind you like. We used the milk chocolates shown below, and I got them at a Cosentino's grocery store (kind of high end, similar to Draeger's or Lunardi's) and a Long's drugstore (similar to a Walgreen's or RiteAid). 2. Chop up the chocolates and display them so you can't see the names. (Hint: put some tiny slivers in there if you're going to include kids in the tasting.) We used a muffin tin with masking tape numbers, and it worked great for a large group of people. 3. Give each person a paper and something to write with, and tell them to find their top three. After all is said and done, it's really funny to "unveil" the name of each chocolate and hear everyone's opinions on it. Especially the negative ones, those are usually really passionate. 4. Tell us about your results -- either write the results in a comment below or post the results on your blog and leave a comment with the link to your post. If you know your favorite without even having to do a test, let us know that too (although you really should take the challenge, the results will probably surprise you!). Happy chocolating!!