03 May '12, 11am

York, England: City's history of candy-making makes a sweet story

York, England: City's history of candy-making makes a sweet story

First, a crash course in the pleasures and art of tasting. Our guide, dressed in a Victorian maid’s costume, offered an introduction to the art of chocolate appreciation. Chocolate truffles are handed to everyone on the tour, but before we can quickly gobble them, the guide requests restraint and introduces us to the techniques used by master chocolatiers to assess quality. Texture, color, smell, even sound (rolling by the ear — but this might have been a joke) are used. We are encouraged to examine all these before finally being allowed the taste test. By using these techniques, the experts can tell “where the bean has come from and the journey it’s been through to get to the finished product,” the guide says. “It’s similar to wine connoisseurs identifying grapes and the processes they’ve been through to make fine wines.” We also hear about theobromine in chocolate, how i...

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