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What does chocolate taste like?

Asked by Kardamom (31427points) July 28th, 2015

Believe it or not, I actually dreamed this question last night and was trying to answer it in my sleep.

This might sound like an odd question, because most of us already know what chocolate tastes like. For the purposes of this question, though, try to answer this question as though you are describing it to a person who has never tasted chocolate before.

One of my cousins was allergic to chocolate when she was a baby, so she never remembers tasting it until she was an adult. She’s no longer allergic to it, but she doesn’t like it. She grew up eating carob instead.

Imagine describing the flavor of chocolate to a person who’s never eaten it, maybe they’re from a country where chocolate isn’t a “thing” or maybe they’re a space alien.

Be poetic and describe the taste of chocolate.

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18 Answers

picante's avatar

Smooth, rich, bittersweet, with a strong aftertaste. It lingers on every surface it touches, just as you’d hope it would. If the grapes for a fine wine married the beans of a rich coffee, their offspring would be chocolate.

And I love this question ;-)

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Here is a video of men who grow and harvest cocoa beans tasting chocolate for the first time.

Having grown up on Hershey’s chocolate and Nestle Quick, I had no idea what proper chocolate tasted like until an older sister sent some from Vienna. It was as hard as a nut shell at first and then melted into a creamy mess that was a waltz of subtly spicy and sweet on the tongue.

talljasperman's avatar

Milk cream and sugar.

Here2_4's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer the video is amazing! I can’t believe the workers are so clueless about their product. It is wonderful that someone chose to share it with them. Ha ha, save the paper for the kids!

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@Here2_4 That video makes me tear up every time I watch it.

Pachy's avatar

For me, chocolate is more about texture than flavor—that melt-in-your mouth smooth, silky texture that coats your tongue and lingers after you’ve swallowed whatever the chocolate treat is, whether a Hershey’s candy bar (which still delights me to this day), ice cream, pudding, or a shake.

kritiper's avatar

Like heaven, if there was such a place. Chocolate tastes like nothing else on this Earth! Beyond comparison to anything else. “Indescribably delicious!”

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

In actuality outside of it tasting sweet (and that is not all chocolate) it cannot be described in a way anyone not having tasted it can appreciate. It would be as if you were trying to describe a cloud to someone that was blind or a sunset. How would an astronaut accurately describe the sensation of weightlessness to someone who has never been off the planet? Even child birth cannot be described, but at least there are men may have had similar experiences like passing a stone, to be somewhat in the neighborhood but even that is not the same.

thorninmud's avatar

Hershey’s tastes like a broken promise.
Valrhona tastes like a Bach fugue.
Divine 70% tastes like Hawaii.

Back when I worked as a chocolatier, I entertained an out-of town guest who was a synesthete. He experienced smell as color. When I took him to the shop where I worked and the aroma of the chocolate hit him, he smiled and said, “Red, with a black spot”.

Kardamom's avatar

@thorninmud I had no idea you had been a chocolatier. What a delightful profession. I’d love to hear more about that. I’d also never heard of a synesthete until just now. How interesting that he would perceive chocolate as red with a black spot. Do you know if he found that pleasing?

@picante the wine and the coffee love child does sound about as close as you can get to the flavor of chocolate. Hee hee. What a romance!

Haleth's avatar

@picante That’s a great description!

One day a friend and I were bored, and we made up a bunch of mundane descriptions for delicious foods and drinks. Coffee= burnt bean juice, tea= dead leaf water, ice cream= frozen bovine secretions, etc.

Here2_4's avatar

So, chocolate= greased bean powder? ^^^^^^^^^^

Haleth's avatar

Well I guess like… chocolate would technically be burnt bean powder blended with concentrated cow secretion fat and sweet starch carbohydrate crystals. Then cooked until it has set and moulded in solid form.

talljasperman's avatar

Liquid diabetes.

JLeslie's avatar

I didn’t become a big chocolate lover until I quit caffeine. I’m convinced the body seeks the drug. My maternal side are chocolate obsessed and it was a joke when I was young that they must have switched me at birth. For me, chocolate is good when it’s sweet and creamy. Too dark and I simply don’t like it unless it’s paired with something else very sweet like the coconut concoction in a Mounds bar. Still, it is rare I will eat dark chocolate, although as I get older (and quit caffeine) I appreciate chocolate cakes and cocoa that are richer rather than sweeter. I think maybe I taste chocolate more bitter than most people. So, when I eat chocolate it is simply sweet like candy I would say. That’s how I would describe it.

@Pied_Pfeffer That video was great.

Here2_4's avatar

@JLeslie , I never cared for dark chocolate, then recently I started pre menopausal symptoms. Dark chocolate started tasting different to me, and sometimes now I crave it. Strange that. Oh, dark chocolate goes neat with Earl Grey.

Kardamom's avatar

@Here2_4 That’s interesting, I had the same experience. I used to hate dark chocolate and now it seems pretty yummy to me, now that Aunt Flo is walking out the door. I thought she’d left, but apparently she forgot something and came back last month to retrieve it. Lol.

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