How You Can Tell If You’re Eating High Quality Chocolate

Chocolate can make your good days even better and quell a nagging sweet tooth. Think about your last chocolate bar - how did it make you feel? If the answer is anything but ‘amazing,’ you may not have been eating high-quality chocolate. 

For people who eat high-quality chocolate regularly, it’s obvious when you bite into a piece of low-quality chocolate. However, for those that aren’t familiar with the differences, it can be difficult to know if you’re eating premium chocolate. The following article will discuss a few things to think about the next time you eat a chocolate piece.

 

Visual Element

 You can tell a lot about the quality of chocolate based on its appearance. By simply looking at a piece of chocolate, you can tell if it was crafted to perfection. If a piece of chocolate has bubbles, cracks or patches of discolouration, there is a risk that it was not properly manufactured, handled or stored. 

 

Smell 

 You don’t need to have the greatest sense of smell in the world to determine if chocolate is high-quality - premium chocolate has a distinct aroma. If it doesn’t smell like chocolate, what does it smell like? If it has a spicy or zesty aroma, it could mean that the chocolate wasn’t stored in an appropriate environment. 

 It’s not uncommon for low-quality chocolate to emit a frozen aroma - like it’s been sitting in the freezer for too long. Many distributors will freeze their chocolate to increase its shelf life. However, extended freezing can negatively impact the flavour of the chocolate. 

 

Break Test

 Snapping a piece of chocolate in half is a great way to determine if it’s high quality. When you break a piece of high-quality chocolate, it should make a very neat, clean and crisp break. Low-quality chocolate will often make a hollow sound when it’s broken, and it tends to fall into pieces when snapped. 

 

Texture Test

 High-quality chocolate is delicate and smooth, and it should almost melt in your mouth as you chew it. Furthermore, if you were to hold high-quality chocolate in the palm of your hand, it should begin to melt due to the presence of cocoa butter. Low-quality chocolate often boasts a coarse, waxy texture. 

 When it comes to chocolate, you must never settle for less! Once you know the characteristics of high-quality chocolate, you’ll gain a greater appreciation for its artistry. This is our passion, and we want all of our customers to appreciate the craftsmanship behind fine chocolate. For more information on the importance of high-quality chocolate, feel free to contact Cococo Chocolatiers today or visit one of our locations!