My passions are pretty obvious… especially when it comes to food, and the incomparable Eva Stringleman provided a rather inventive Christmas present this year for yours truly!
Knowing my love of Chocolate in it’s many forms both milk and dark AND my devotion to Pepsi Max she devised the ultimate taste test for me. Can I tell the difference between 5 different forms of chocolate and can I taste the difference between Pepsi Max and Coke Zero?
Most people overestimate the ability of their taste buds to differentiate between subtle differences in food and drink. Professional food taster is actually a job, and usually requires a degree in food science. So I was not going to believe this would a simple task.
First of all I melted the five chocs into an ice cube tray because I would have been able to tell the difference in the shape of the squares – eg. Lindt has a very thin flat piece. Then put them into the fridge to harden again (now i’m not sure that affects the consistency of the chocolate but I think it worked ok!)
While I sat blindfolded Beci handed me small pieces of the chocolate to try and I tried to figure which brand they were.
So the result!
I was able to pick each of the different chocolates and got a 2/3 for Pepsi vs. Coke!
But it wasn’t as clear cut as I expected, quite a challenge to pick exactly what I was eating…
Anyway, I award this blog post ‘Random Post of the Year’, and would like to thank my sponsor Eva Stringleman for her brilliant idea!
For those of you interested the 5 Chocolates were:
- Nestlé Club Chocolate
- Lindt EXCELLENCE Dark 70%
- Cadbury Old Gold 70%
- Whittakers 50% Dark Block
- Whittakers 72% Dark Ghana
NOTE: I have a soft spot for Whitakers Chocolate a New Zealand family business dating back to 1896!