One of the things Matt and I have enjoyed most about starting our business is hosting hot chocolate tasting sessions with groups. We’ve loved getting into deep discussions with testers about notes of flavour, richness of chocolate and texture. And as it turns out, no matter what people’s flavour preferences are, everyone always seem to have a brilliant time.
If you want to host your own, or even just have a bit of a ‘tasting session’ for yourself, here’s how we do it…
Make sure you have all five of our hot chocolate flake flavours ready to taste. We sell them in a set which is designed exactly for this purpose, and you can buy yours here! One set should be able to provide a small taster of each flavour for up to six people or more.
Check that you’ve got enough in! You can get through it quite quickly in a tasting session! Access to a microwave is ideal for heating your milk, although you can do it in a saucepan on the stove.
We like to use shot glasses for tasting. Anything larger than that and we find people tend to fill up with hot chocolate before we’ve reached the last flavour! You can purchase some really nice ones here…
Heat up around 280ml of milk in a measuring jug in the microwave and then stir in your first choice of chocolate flakes. Our secret is we like to make it quite strong for small tasters, so you can get a real sense of the flavour! We usually add four or five heaped tablespoons.
If you want to take it a step further… attached to this blog post is a scorecard sheet for each person tasting. Each flavour can be scored on strength of flavour, texture, strength of chocolatey-ness and the overall appeal to your tastebuds! You can work out a total score, compare together and let us know which you think is your favourite!
Happy tasting everyone – any more questions, suggestions or comments, let us know!
The Cosy Chocolate Company