The World of Chocolate

chocolateI recently attended the Northwest Chocolate Festival and I was pleasantly surprised by it. I was already a chocolate lover, as many people are. However, the majority of the chocolate I consume is far from gourmet. My tastes buds were quite surprised at the festival when I ate red velvet fudge and lemon and pepper white chocolate. The latter was quite surprising because I expected it to be not to my liking but it was one of the best chocolates I have ever had!

There were many other unique chocolates such as lavender, s’mores and the highest number of different percentages of dark chocolate I have ever seen. There were chocolates from all over the world, places such as France, Ecuador, Mexico, all over South America and the US (obviously). It was almost unbelievable. While there were a few samples that didn’t suit my taste buds, many of the ones that I thought I wouldn’t like, I actually did.

Something I also found quite interesting was how the chocolates are made. One booth had a small set up of how the chocolates were prepared. Several other sellers were giving explanations of how they developed their chocolates. They all had similar but surprisingly slightly different methods. Several of the sellers had cocoa beans to sample and one booth had an especially interesting display; they had samples of chocolate in the various stages of production. It was fascinating to learn more about all types of chocolates. To me, they seem so simple but in actuality they are quite complicated to make. If you are interested in learning more about chocolate or getting to try some great samples, I recommend attending the 2014 Northwest Chocolate Festival.

You can also visit your local library to find the many materials available about chocolate.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy some delicious chocolates! I would recommend trying something that seems out of the ordinary, you never know, it may be one of the best chocolates you’ve ever had!

Maddie

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