Chocolate Tasting in Paarl
Chocolate Tasting in Paarl
Our first stop in the Cape Winelands was De Villiers Artisan Chocolate. Here we had our first “Step-by-step Guide to Tasting Chocolate”.
Chocolate contains more than 600 flavour compounds and what you taste initially is likely to differ from what you experience at the end. Each of our senses plays a role in enjoying the chocolate:
Observe the colour (chocolate comes in many colours) and look at the surface of the chocolate (which should be even).
More quality chocolate makes better sound when it breaks.
Hold the chocolate and let it melt, then test the smoothness.
Smell the chocolate on your fingers, it should have strong aromas and smells.
Let the chocolate melt in your mouth and try to think of the flavours you tasted.
De Villiers Artisan Chocolate was crafted by the De Villiers family and they have their own factory, which is unique and unlike any other chocolate factory in the world. Their machines were built from the scratch and that is why their chocolate tastes distinctly different than any other.
From bean to bar
First step is to carefully sort the beans. Then, they have to roast the beans to develop its optimal flavour. The third step is to crack the bean and separate the husk from the cocoa nibs. The nibs are then added to chocolate melangeurs to get smooth chocolate mass. Then, the mass goes to the tempering machine, which ensures that the chocolate has an even sheen and texture and breaks with a sharp “snap”. The last step is to deposit the chocolate into moulds and to place everything into the fridge to crystallise. After that the bars are packed into large polystyrene containers where they age for approximately one month in order to enhance the flavour.
(Photo by Our World Travel Selfies)
The Tasting Room is open daily from 09h00 – 17h00. Chocolate tasting takes around 24 min and cost R25 per person. You will receive a guided tasting of their six dark chocolates from Uganda, Trinidad, Madagascar, Venezuela Carenero, Sao Tome and Venezuela Rio Caribe.
They also offer different chocolate pairings with Vine, Whisky and Brandy.
This has been just a part of our Chocolate tasting tour, we also saw their visual factory in Paarl and their store with many different flavours of chocolate. We would definitely recommend a visit to the De Villiers Artisan Chocolate if you are a fan of chocolate.
We went on this tour with Jacqui from Cape by Design Tours. But, if you have a car you can visit De Villiers Artisan Chocolate also on your own.
You can book the tour with Cape by Design Tours down below::
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