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Let that first bite of chocolate melt in your mouth.

Let that first bite of chocolate melt in your mouth.

Do a tasting to try many kinds.

Do a tasting to try many kinds.

Test out recipes for new chocolate tastes.

Test out recipes for new chocolate tastes.

Check % cacao for clues to a chocolate's intensity. Courtesy of Mars.

Check % cacao for clues to a chocolate's intensity. Courtesy of Mars.

Whip up brownies for a rich treat.

Whip up brownies for a rich treat.

Bake cake for a decadent dessert.

Bake cake for a decadent dessert.


Did You Know?
German chocolate cake was named for Sam German, who developed a sweet bar for Baker's Chocolate—and was not from Germany.
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Savor It

To bite the corner off a glossy chocolate bar, then feel it melt and swirl slowly on the tongue, can be divine. With its 1,500 flavor compounds, chocolate provides plenty to contemplate. It can seem fruity or spicy, earthy or sweet, or like lavender or lemons or liqueur—the list goes on and on.

Chocolate’s smooth texture helps make it wonderful. While the unmistakable chocolate taste gets all the glory, cocoa butter provides chocolate’s creamy goodness because it melts just below body temperature. Most chocolatiers add extra amounts when they make their chocolates.

Enjoying chocolate is all about discovering what  you like best. Taste many kinds—dark, milk and white—to appreciate the subtle flavors. Learn about labels so that you can choose the chocolates that match your preferences. And join countless cocoa farmers and others throughout history and throughout the world who have used chocolate in rituals to celebrate, to heal—and to savor.

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