January 14, 2013

Chocolate Tasting


We’ve all heard of wine and cheese tastings.

But how about a CHOCOLATE tasting?!


As a chocoholic, I was shocked when I got married and my husband stated that “all chocolate tastes the same.”  Lies, I tell you!  I used to work at a chocolate factory, and there was no way that he was going to tell me that a cheap candy bar by the check-out could compare to the silky, creaminess of imported chocolate.  Throughout the last six years of our marriage, I’ve been on a mission to introduce him to all of the truffle-y deliciousness that he’s been missing out on.

So when I found out that there was such a thing as a chocolate tasting- well, you KNOW I was all over that.  Did you know that there really is a “proper way” to taste chocolate?  Do you know what the different % of Cacao on those fancy chocolate bars even means?   Well, why not host a chocolate tasting- and you, too, can become a chocolate connoisseur!

A chocolate tasting makes the perfect at-home date for two! {Hello, Valentine’s Day!}

OR a quick and easy party for your friends.

All You’ll Need is:

Our Chocolate Tasting Printables


And six different kinds of gourmet or imported chocolate bars


I recommend picking chocolates from six different brands with a variety of Cacao percentages ranging from high (86%) to low (35%).  Or, if you know which percentage you prefer, you might choose to sample a single percentage Cacao.  (For example, selecting only 70% Cacao chocolates in a variety of different flavors.)   If you don’t even know where to start, you might try:  Ghirardelli, Godiva, Perugina, Scharffen Berger, Lindt Excellence, and Valor.

That’s all you need!

After that, our “How to Host a Chocolate Tasting” printable will walk you through everything.  It explains what those percentages mean and gives you all the details for the proper chocolate tasting procedures.  You’ll want to refer to that for the specifics, but here’s a basic break-down of how it works.

How it Works:

1.  Break the chocolate into pieces for sampling


2.  Place the pieces onto the Tasting Mats (starting with the chocolate with the highest % of Cacao for #1 and ending with the chocolate with the lowest % of Cacao for #6)


3.  Next to each Tasting Mat, place a Scoring Card and a pen.  (After each step in the chocolate tasting, you’ll be writing down your opinions and scoring the chocolate.)


4.  Make it fancy!


Now I know that this might just be a quick, at-home date after the kids are in bed.  But go ahead and pull out a nice tablecloth, light a candle, and throw on something cute. Maybe you can even put on some romantic music!  It only takes a little extra effort, and it changes the whole mood and atmosphere of your date.


Oh, and see that glass of water?  You’ll want one of those, too.  That’s for cleansing the palate after each chocolate.  Fancy, right?!




And get to tasting!

Still need more chocolate?!  Yea, me too.  There’s no such thing as too much chocolate.

Why not try Angie’s quick and easy {and chocolatey!} romantic dessert?

Or curl up to watch “The Vow” and play a little Chocolate Russian Roulette.

For amazing delicious recipes that OUR husband’s love, check out our Dating Divas Recipes Revealed Cookbook!

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36 Responses to “Chocolate Tasting”

  1. Andrea M. says:

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! I am even going to find the movie “The Vow.” Our anniversary is Feb. 6 so I think we will do this then instead of Valentine’s Day! Thank you so much for the idea! I am not the most creative person so I love getting ideas from your website!

  2. Candice Candice says:

    What a fun and delicious date idea! Love it!

  3. Julie Julie says:

    Becca- I just saw this now and I LOVE it! Did you make those printables? They are darling, you are so talented:) We will be doing this one for sure.

  4. Tara Tara says:

    This is MY kind of date! YUUUUUMMMMMYYYYYY!!!!!

  5. Nisha says:

    Darn it Becca! Now I’m craving some really good chocolate. lol…. The joys of the power of pregnancy cravings. LOVE this idea, but it might be one I have to tweak for a girls night. My man is not a chocolate fan. Crazy, I know, but it means I don’t have to share with him…!!

    • Becca Becca says:

      This would be such a FUN girls night. Good luck with those pregnancy cravings- pretty sure my little girl is made up of at least half chocolate from my last pregnancy. 😉

  6. Jenn says:

    Another great idea! You could even extend the night and watch the romance movie Chocolat with Johnny Depp!

  7. Deborah says:

    I click on the download, and it doesn’t work. I think this is a fantastic idea!
    Do you know why nothing happens when I try to download?

  8. Kimberly says:

    I am trying this tonight for VDAY! :)

  9. Diana says:

    My husband set this up for our date night the week of Valentine’s Day, and it was wonderful! What a great idea!

  10. Erica says:

    Great idea and awesome printables! I look forward to surprising hubby with this!

    I do have my own two suggestions to round out this date: one, the movie “Chocolat” starring Johhny Dep and two, the CD album released by Putumayo entitled “Music from the Chocolate Lands.”

    Thanks for the spark. :)

  11. esther says:

    We did this last night and decided to do it with our kids for a spring break activity. It was a BLAST! My daughter set the table and did a great job. We were shocked how different chocolate tastes. Thanks for the printables! I posted the pictures on facebook and gave you guys all the credit.

  12. Gayle says:

    LOVE this! Where do I find these tasting party printables?

    • Becca Becca says:

      Hi Gaye! Just scroll down to the bottom of the post and click on the pink text that says, “SO DOWNLOAD OUR CHOCOLATE TASTING PRINTABLES HERE” and a new page should open up with your printables. :) Enjoy!

  13. Kayla says:

    Have to do this soon! And watch Willy Wonka after 😉

  14. Sue says:

    Wonderful idea! Only problem I see is that Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolates weren’t listed. They have beaten Godiva and many others in blind taste tests. Others are waxy, or like Lindt a harsh bitter dry taste. But I guess this would be a great way to discover which ones you like!! Cute idea!

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