Chocolate Tasting Date Night

Host Your Own Chocolate Tasting

We’ve all heard of wine and cheese tastings, but how about a chocolate tasting? As a chocoholic, I have always been excited to try new flavors of chocolate and as a total foodie, I’m all about judging and choosing my favorites! Some might tell you that “all chocolate tastes the same.” Lies, I tell you! There is no way that you can compare a cheap candy bar by the check-out to the silky, creaminess of imported chocolate. Don’t believe me? I challenge you to host your own chocolate tasting. This date is perfect for either you and your spouse or for a group of your favorite couples! Your mission is to discover all the truffle-y deliciousness that chocolate has to offer.Chocolate Tasting Date Night #chocolatedatenight #couplesdateidea

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When I found out that there was such a thing as a chocolate tasting – well, you KNOW I was all over that. We had to get to work creating these beautiful printables {thanks @Messes to Memories}. 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! We’ve even included a little cheat sheet so you know what words to use on this special date!

Chocolate Tasting How To Judge

A chocolate tasting makes the perfect at-home date for two! {Hello, Valentine’s Day!} Or a quick and easy party for your friends.

What you need for a Chocolate Tasting

Our Chocolate Tasting Printables (download below).

Chocolate Tasting Printables

And at least six different kinds of gourmet or imported chocolate bars. If this is your first chocolate tasting, I recommend picking chocolates from six different brands with a variety of Cacao percentages ranging from high (86%) to low (35%). If you don’t even know where to start, you might try:  Ghirardelli, Godiva, Perugina, Scharffen Berger, Lindt Excellence, and Valor.

Chocolate Tasting Chocolate Bars

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.) We are excited to have another chocolate tasting and just focus on trying different, unique flavors of chocolate!

That’s all you need!

How to Host a Chocolate Tasting

The very first thing you need to do is grab your invite and set it out for your spouse to find on the morning of your date night!

Chocolate Tasting Invitation

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 breakdown of how it works.

How to Host a Chocolate Tasting

Break the chocolate into pieces for sampling and prep the chocolate tasting procedure cards to walk you through the night! You are going to be thoroughly investigating your chocolates!!Chocolate Tasting ProceduresPlace the pieces onto the chocolate 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).Chocolate Tasting Printable MatNext, to each Tasting Mat, place a scoring card and a pen. After each step, you’ll be writing down your opinions and scoring the chocolate. Chocolate Tasting Scoring Card

Make it fancy and enjoy each other’s company!

Chocolate Date Night Idea

After you try each new chocolate flavor, be sure to cleanse the palate with some crackers and a glass of water!

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.

Let the Chocolate Tasting Party begin!

About the Author: Carisa

I am crazy about my husband, Scott and my FOUR cute kids! I spend my days at home--teaching, playing and cleaning up with them! Our favorite place in our home is the kitchen! I love to cook and bake with lots of flavor--and I love having my little helpers in the kitchen, too! Some of my most recent passions are tennis, nutrition, crafting, the great outdoors and photography!

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39 Responses to Chocolate Tasting Date Night

  1. 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. 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.

  3. Darn it! 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…!!

    1. 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. 😉

  4. 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. 🙂

  5. 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.

    1. 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!

  6. 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!

    1. Ooooh- how could I leave Rocky Mountain out?! LOVE their chocolate! I actually use to work for one in high school- made my chocolate addiction even worse. 🙂

  7. Carisa!!! I know you! Remember me from our old ward? I was browsing this site for date ideas and hello, your face popped up! haha fantastic idea and printables. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Sunni! Yes!! I do remember you! Hope you are doing well! 🙂 This is one of our all-time favorite dates we’ve ever done! Enjoy date night!