On our visit the wonderful Spice Route, in Paarl, we were eager to have a go at the Chocolate Tasting available at De Villiers Artisan Chocolate. We didn’t have much time so we spilt up, and while the men went to taste beer at the Craft Brewing Company, the wives and kids went to taste chocolate. This was a guided tasting of all six of their 70% cocoa single origin dark chocolates (Uganda, Trinidad, Madagascar, Venezuela Caracas, Sao Time and Venezuela Rio Caribe), followed by a selection of four of their flavoured chocolates, including one milk chocolate. The tasting cost a mere R25 and lasted about 25 minutes. Elijah was with his ever-faithful babysitter, Tayla, and they played on the floor nearby. It seems that we weren’t the only wives and children wanting to get our chocolate-tasting on, there were some other children there too, including a cute little girl who wanted to kiss Eli.
We learned quite a bit about how chocolate is grown and then made, it’s health benefits (no really, it has health benefits!), and how to properly taste it. Of course, I do love milk chocolate, but nothing beats the incredible flavours of a quality dark chocolate. In my opinion, people who don’t like dark chocolate just haven’t learned how to properly enjoy it. Chocolate contains more than 600 flavour compounds, making it surprisingly complex and at the same time intriguingly addictive. We looked at, smelled, touched, tasted and then compared the various chocolates. We had a look at some cocoa beans, and learned how to describe the flavour and aroma of the chocolate by using the wheel you see on the left.
“If you have only ever eaten chocolate before, we hope that you will slowly begin to taste chocolate by paying attention to the explosion of flavours as it melts in your mouth and begins to slow dance on your tongue.” ~ DV Artisan Chocolate
|Lots of yummy things available for purchase|
Justin is not a big fan of dark chocolate (it took me a few years to get him eager to just eat milk chocolate and drink coffee… I’m getting there), so I bought him a Peanut Butter Nougat bar. We made our way back to the Craft Brewing Company to see how the men were enjoying their beer tasting. You can read about that here: CBC Beer Tasting
Nice chocolate tasting ladies! I really enjoyed that. Hopefully next time we can try some Chocolate and Wine pairing, and then the boys can be in charge of the children.
Daily 9:00-17:00 (last tasting 16:30)
Approx 25 min (depending on group)
Cost: R25 per person
*Booking required for groups of more than 10