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Fine Chocolate Appreciation

Chocolate for me is more than just a snack - it is a passion!
After attending one of my fine chocolate tasting events you will never again look upon chocolate as you did before...

I'm marketing fine chocolate tasting events in Norway through the website and the accompanying Facebook-page Sjokoladesmaking and Twitter account @Sjokoladesmaker. In these channels I both provide general information about fine chocolate and availability in Norway, as well as having special promotions and invitations for chocolate tasting events.

What is fine chocolate?

Everybody loves chocolate, but have you ever thought that there could be more to chocolate than the bars you pick up at your local supermarket? Let me tell you right away: There is! You have probably even picked up on the buzz surrounding Belgian pralines and Swiss milk chocolate, but what are the differences of chocolate really all about? Just like with wines and other gourmet foods, chocolate can also have a wide range of aromas depending on production types and origins of the contents. Cacao can even contain more flavour variations than what is possible to achieve in fine wine, so naturally there exists fine chocolates as well. Such chocolates can have a deeper and more varied taste than most people could begin to imagine, so let me expand your horizons with chocolates you won't find in any supermarkets...

Selection of fine chocolate (Photo by Svein-Magnus Sørensen, CC BY)

My passion for chocolate

Domori chocolate pieces (Photo by Svein-Magnus Sørensen, CC BY)

Like most people I've been fond of chocolate since childhood, but during one of my many visits to Brussels I stumbled upon a chocolate discovery that ignited a full blown passion. Over the years that have passed since that moment I have been been exploring every nuance of fine chocolate through reading about chocolate, ordering specialties from online chococlate stores and of course through traveling to the meccas of chocolate around the world. I have also worked with chocolate manufacturers as a business consultant, technology advisor and specialist in fine chocolate. I also love being able to share my passion with others, so I have developed and am holding chocolate tasting events around Norway to give new people a deep dive introduction into the world of fine chocolate!

More information on my passion for fine chocolate can be found in my chocolate blog.

Tasting events

Chocolate tasting setup (Photo by Svein-Magnus Sørensen, CC BY)

Chocolate tastings are an excellent team-building activity and likely to be a unique new experience for everyone. Since a tasting don't require much besides some bars of chocolate and some water and bread as palate cleansers they can be held almost anywhere, so I am available to visit and conduct chocolate tastings events at your home, with your company or at your event!

My regular tastings are structured around a visual presentation where I briefly cover the history and significance of chocolate throughout the ages, a bit about chocolate production and how its variations affect the flavor, as well as an introduction on how to taste chocolate and what to expect of chocolate of varying types and origins. The chocolate samples are distributed throughout the presentation while I introduce some well known and other resepected brands of fine chocolate. In addition to giving some pointers on chocolate shopping and storage, as well as how to combine chocolate with different drinks such as coffee, wine and liquor.

"Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces."

- Judith Viorst