Expert reveals you should be SUCKING not chewing the sweet treat and pairing it with cheese

A chocolate expert has revealed the correct way to eat chocolate, and it involves sucking rather than chewing. 

UK-based expert Jennifer Earle, founder of Chocolate Ecstasy Tours, spoke to FEMAIL about the best ways to enjoy sweet treats in the run up to the festive season. 

When looking for the best chocolate, Jen explained you should not have food or drinks for at least 20 minutes before tasting and avoid wearing perfume or hand creams when eating. 

Speaking to FEMAIL, she revealed the common misconceptions people make while trying chocolate.

SUCK CHOCOLATE THE CHOCOLATE LIKE A SWEET

UK-based expert Jennifer Earle, pictured, founder of Chocolate Ecstasy Tours, spoke to FEMAIL about the best ways to enjoy sweet treats in the run up to the festive season

UK-based expert Jennifer Earle, pictured, founder of Chocolate Ecstasy Tours, spoke to FEMAIL about the best ways to enjoy sweet treats in the run up to the festive season 

When looking for the best chocolate, Jen explained you should not have food or drinks for at least 20 minutes before tasting. Stock image

When looking for the best chocolate, Jen explained you should not have food or drinks for at least 20 minutes before tasting. Stock image

‘The most important thing when trying chocolate is to look at it mindfully and slowly,’ Jen told FEMAIL.

The chocolate expert added that when trying ‘proper chocolate’ you should bite in and get a nice crack. 

DON’T BE AFRAID OF VEGAN CHOCOLATE 

With 1.1M Brits estimated to be vegan by this Christmas, Jen revealed she often gets asked about plant-based chocolate.

She advised trying dark chocolate as well as looking in health stores such as Holland and Barratt for treats with Doisy & Dom and Booja-Booja among her favourite brands.

‘I love dark chocolate which naturally contains no dairy and when you buy premium brands is so flavourful and not at all bitter. 

‘A lot of truffles and popular chocolates do still contain dairy and the vegan substitutes for these used to be quite terrible. 

‘Things have changed a lot in the last few years and there are some fantastic vegan truffles and bars to be found now, including ones that have fooled non-vegans into thinking they do contain dairy.

‘I’d definitely always recommend someone giving vegan chocolate a try – or another try!’ 

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By sucking it, you should get a different taste at the beginning, middle and the end, she added. 

‘Taste it slowly – chew a few times and then suck on the piece like it’s a hard-boiled sweet. 

PAIR WITH CHEESE AND SERVE AS A CANAPE  

If you’re hosting as dinner party, there are many ways to spice up your chocolate serving, says Jennifer.

‘Try serving chocolate as a savoury canape or part of a cheese board.

‘Chocolate actually works brilliantly with cheese – including plant-based cheeses. 

‘It’s fun to include a variety of chocolate bars with their own knife on a cheese board and encourage people to experiment with pairings,’ Jennifer added.

‘Or you can use dark chocolate as a canape – either taking chocolate discs or cups and topping them with cheese and basil or balsamic tomatoes or as little savoury tartlets with slow-cooked tomatoes or aubergine and a sprinkle of grated dark chocolate.’

SMELL THE CHOCOLATE BEFORE EATING IT

‘Smell the chocolate first – once you put it in your mouth you won’t smell it in the same way,’ Jen explained.

‘Sniff three times slowly and a fourth time really quickly and it snap it and then smell.

‘The best time to smell is after the snap because it releases all the aromas.

PICK THE BEST STUFF TO AVOID OVEREATING 

‘If you do want to avoid over-eating chocolate, the best way is to buy less of the cheaper chocolate and more higher cocoa-content, good quality chocolate,’ says Jennifer.

‘If you can take an occasional pause (of at least a few minutes!) whilst eating premium high cocoa content chocolate it is actually quite hard to eat too much of it. 

‘Because the cocoa is full of vitamins and minerals it actually sends signals to your brain to let you know you’ve had enough before you eat too much.’    

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