Chocolate Tasting in Paarl South Africa
We went on the tour of Cape Winelands while we were in South Africa and our first stop was De Villiers Artisan Chocolate factory. Here we had our first “Step-by-step Guide on Tasting Chocolate”. Chocolate contains more than 600 flavor 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 color (chocolate comes in many colors) 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 flavors you tasted.
From Bean to Bar
The first step is to carefully sort the beans. Then, they have to roast the beans to develop their optimal flavor. The third step is to crack the bean and separate the husk from the cocoa nibs. The nibs are then added to chocolate melanges 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 molds and to place everything into the fridge to crystallize. After that, the bars are packed into large polystyrene containers where they age for approximately one month to enhance the flavor.
The Tasting Room is open daily from 09h00 – 17h00. Chocolate tasting takes around 24 min and costs 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 factory in Paarl and their store with many different flavors of chocolate. We would 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.
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