Yesterday was the first day of my chocolate class. As usual, we started with the basics of going over the syllabus, discussing grading and class/school policies.
Because it is a short semester, we didn't have much time to waste. We started with a chocolate tasting. We tasted 28 kinds of chocolate, starting with several types of white chocolate, then working our way up through milk, semi-sweet, and bittersweet. We ended by tasting a number of flavored chocolates. We tried a number of interesting combinations, like white chocolate with lemon and pink peppercorns, milk chocolate with rooibos tea and cherries, and dark chocolate with smokehouse BBQ potato chips.
It was interesting to look at the parallels between chocolate, wine, and tea. They all depend on numerous factors to determine the final taste, including variety, terroir, processing, and blending.