Although chocolate is a much loved treat, many Brits have been eating it the wrong way.
Yes, you read that right.
According to food scientist Natalie Alibrandi, people often make blunders when gorging on the cocoa based snack.
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A study commissioned by Galaxy discovered that 58 per cent of Brits named the chocolate as their favourite treat and 34 per cent scoff it daily.
Despite this, the nation of chocoholics have not mastered the art of munching on it properly.
So how are Brits eating it wrong?
The expert revealed that mistakes include tucking into chocolate at night and chomping down on too much in one go.
And, the controversial topic of fridge storing has been settled.
Apparently you should not keep chocolate in the fridge as 'humidity levels are too high'.
For a perfect chocolate temperature, it should be kept at 18C.
If kept in the fridge the chocolate can sugar bloom, oxidise and transfers of other odours can effect the taste.
Obvious signs that the treat has been stored incorrectly include the lack of a sharp snap when you break a square off. It will also melt too fast or have a crumbly texture if stored wrong.
However, 78 per cent of the 2,000 Brits in the study admitted to storing their chocolate in the fridge.
Natalie Alibrandi shared: “Chocolate is a deep and complex delicacy with many layers to be explored.
"Understanding the need for the chocolate to snap, both visually and aurally, brings a sensation that dances on your taste receptors and increases flavour.
"Eating chocolate earlier in the day with a fresh palate is also a key finding that many Brits will be surprised about, making it a good mid-morning snack choice to help keep us firing on all cylinders before lunch.”
To really savour the flavour of the chocolate, you are not supposed to chew it – according to the experts.
Although 74 per cent of Brits are ‘chocolate chewers'. You should instead let the piece of chocolate melt in your mouth so the flavours can develop.
Galaxy have now teamed up with TV wine expert Olly Smith to help Brits master eating chocolate.
The alcohol beverage connoisseur revealed that chocolate should be 'explored' and 'enjoyed' as a fine wine would be.
Olly Smith explained: “The similarities between chocolate and fine wine are as delightful as they are irrefutable.
"The aromas, textures and complexities all lead to the ultimate tasting experience.
"Like a good wine, chocolate deserves your undivided attention and things like a fresh palate, serving at the correct temperature, tasting in small quantities, and allowing the flavour to evolve for the recommended time (up to 15-minutes) are all equally important to engage all your senses delivering peak enjoyment.”
The Ten 'Commandments' Of How To Eat Chocolate:
Chocolate at Elevenses
Consume earlier in the day with a fresh palate for a great mid-morning caffeine boost to help power through until lunch
Do not store in the fridge
Store chocolate at 18 degrees to prevent oxidation, sugar bloom and any transfer of odours
Let it melt, don’t chew
By letting it melt you’re allowing cocoa butter to coat your mouth, allowing you to experience all flavours
Eat in small quantities
Eat up to six pieces of 4-gram portions to prevent overstimulation of the taste buds
Use all your senses
Sight, smell, texture, and even hearing is all part of the experience
Make it snappy
When chocolate snaps, it means it is tempered correctly and has the right structure and quality
Chocolate has so many volatiles and nuances, give it as much attention as it deserves, this will boost the overall experience
Try sweet chocolate (milk or white) with bitter foods or bitter chocolate with saltier foods
Wait for the aftertaste
Some chocolates can leave a 45-minute aftertaste, but in most cases a 15-minute wait will suffice
Mixing different types of chocolate can overstimulate taste buds, so avoid mixing different types (e.g. milk and dark chocolate)
Galaxy chocolate spokesperson Victoria Gell said: “With more than half of the UK stating chocolate is their favourite treat, we’re keen to share these tips to help create the ultimate indulgent pleasure experience.
"We want to help Brits understand the subtle nuances and characteristics of chocolate while of course giving it the full respect it deserves."
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