August 1, 2006
What's interesting is that when a lot of people "crave" chocolate, they crave the sugar aspect of it or the sweet chocolate flavor that a commercial bar possesses. Lately, I've been having cravings for certain flavors of certain bars. Where any type of chocolate would satisfy the non-connoisseur's craving, I have to have a certain bar, one that satisfies my craving for that particular flavor, whether it's tartness, butter, nuttiness, etc. I think it's interesting how evolved and particular one's palate and desires can become to just one type of food. Just a random thought and observation I've noticed. Any additional experiences, comments, and povs from other people would be interesting to provide further insight.
July 31, 2006
I know the feeling. I go through fads wanting certain bars or flavours. Like I used to love Caraïbe and eat it for months at a time (from kilos), then go off it for a year. I also find certain chocolates suit certain times of the day, or moods, or I feel like my digestion will feel 'just right' after a meal with certain chocolates only. This is one reason we got Rio Caribe for our bar. It's one chocolate we kept coming back to, even if it is not the best beans you can get.
Or other times I need a Madagascan and go for Ampamakia or Mangaro, or sometimes something very dark. Like Scharffen Berger 82%, which is quite different to get used to, but once I start ...
August 1, 2006
I've always had citrus cravings too, mainly lemons and limes; one of my favorite desserts is Key Lime Pie, actually, and not a chocolate dessert. I love eating lemons straight; the tartness doesn't bother me at all, rather I almost get addicted to it, much like people get addicted to hot peppers. That also might be a reason why I prefer Madagascar chocolate. It has that tartness so reminiscent of lemons and limes (although the tartness is much more similar to an orange) that I adore. My mother loves citrus too, and I think I inherited much of my food preferences from her.
I won't eat a certain chocolate for a long time because I don't want to get bored of it. I can't eat the same bar for more than a week straight. I went through two weeks of eating Scharffen Berger 82%, and at the beginning, I was in love with it (cherry and almond, but it was quite ashy), but at the end of the second week, I was definitely ready for something else. I'm still not in the mood for this bar because I think I overdid it hehe. I don't feel a meal is just right if something is excluded from it, and I must have that certain something-something before being fully satisfied. It's not chocolate because I usually plan my chocolate consumption during the day so that my palate is cleansed and is devoid of residual flavors. However, I noticed that eating chocolate 30 minutes after drinking coffee facilitates flavor detection. I think this is due to the bitterness of coffee. After drinking coffee, or any other bitter food for that matter, I think your palate becomes adjusted to the bitterness, and as a result, the bitterness of the chocolate seems much more subdued and allows for easier flavor detection. Try it.
April 24, 2004
Originally posted by Montegrano It's not chocolate because I usually plan my chocolate consumption during the day so that my palate is cleansed and is devoid of residual flavors. However, I noticed that eating chocolate 30 minutes after drinking coffee facilitates flavor detection. I think this is due to the bitterness of coffee. After drinking coffee, or any other bitter food for that matter, I think your palate becomes adjusted to the bitterness, and as a result, the bitterness of the chocolate seems much more subdued and allows for easier flavor detection. Try it.
You make a list in the morning of which chocs you will eat during the day - and when?
Some people really make science of this!![:D]
My name is Polarbear and I am a chocoholic...
August 1, 2006
Well, usually I eat what I have around, so I make sure to always have good quality chocolate on hand at all times. If I get some new stuff I've never tried, then I eat that until I understand the flavor profile, manufacturer style, etc., then either I finish the remainder or save it for a taste test later on. However, when I have a stock of chocolates I've already tried, I'll eat certain bars depending on what I'm in the mood for. Am I in the mood for something fruity, nutty, woody, etc.? Do I want something light and vibrant or dark and heavy? You know what I mean, jelly bean?
I don't make a list, though, because moods change throughout the day, so if in the morning I were in the mood for something tart like Domori's Madagascar, at night my palate might be craving something a little more woody or buttery such as Gran Couva or Pralus.
And besides, if I'm going to pay $5 to $10 per bar, you darn right I'm going to make a science out of it haha [:D]