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About Virtual Chocolate Tastings

Virtual chocolate tastings are like if Willy Wonka used Zoom. They allow attendees to learn about the history of chocolate and how it’s sourced, processed, and turned into sweet treats, as well as try some samples with a guided tasting, which generally includes a range of chocolates with different...

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Virtual Chocolate Tastings Tips & Tricks

Best Practices
Chocolate labels should state the percentage of cacao and the country of origin. Look for the words “bean to bar,” which means the chocolate has been processed entirely, from cocoa bean to finished bar, in the same place by a single maker. As is the case with all food- and drink-related virtual events, be sure to offer alternatives for the attendees who may be allergic or unable to participate for health reasons. Some chocolate boxes may contain nuts or other allergens, so remember to mention that to the attendees and check with the vendor about accommodating certain allergies. In order for guests to detect the nuances between different chocolates, it helps to offer a palate cleanser like apple slices, berries, or crackers to nibble on. Many vendors will include these items along with the chocolate samples.
Other Tips & Tricks
You can host a blind tasting where attendees taste unidentified chocolates, so they are not influenced by packaging or brand name, similar to a blind spirits tasting. If you want to upgrade your virtual chocolate tasting, consider adding on a wine pairing. Keep in mind, though, that both red wine and chocolate have strong tannic flavors that can cancel each other out. Instead, recommend that the attendees sip on a crisp white wine or some sparkling wine. Plus, it’s extra festive!

Virtual Chocolate Tastings FAQs

  • A: In the week leading up to the virtual chocolate tasting, attendees are shipped samples, along with optional pairings to try with the chocolates such as dried fruits and nuts. Guests are also sometimes given a custom tasting mat and a chart where they can jot down notes about the different chocolates. During the tasting, which is broadcast via Zoom or some other video conferencing platform, a master chocolatier will guide the guests through the experience, explaining how to taste the chocolate, which flavors they might notice, and possibly how to pair wine with the chocolate. It’s best for guests to progress from the most bitter to the sweetest chocolate, so that the sugars don't overwhelm their taste buds. Typically, the host will also allow time for a Q&A.
  • A: In order to account for the shipping of the chocolate samples, it’s best to book the virtual tasting two to three weeks in advance. Samples are usually shipped during the week leading up to the event to ensure all attendees receive their treats on time.
  • A: Depending on the vendor who’s offering the tasting, the experience may be led by the company owner, a master chocolatier, an educator who works for the company, or an expert within the cacao and chocolate industry.
  • A: As you would expect, tastings with full-size chocolate bars generally cost more than those with bite-size samples, although it can also depend on the quality and uniqueness of the chocolate too. Typically, a virtual chocolate tasting costs roughly $50 per person, including shipping of the kits. Any add-ons such as wine pairings or custom branding will cost an additional fee. Oftentimes, chocolate shops require a minimum spend of $500 to $750 in order to book a virtual tasting.
  • A: Yes. Many chocolate shops offer virtual chocolate tastings with craft vegan (dairy-free) chocolate. The kits will only include vegan and gluten-free chocolate bars.
  • A: Virtual chocolate tastings usually last between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how much educational information is included in the presentation and how long the Q&A session runs.
  • A: Generally, a virtual chocolate tasting includes a range of types—from extra dark to white, moving through the different percentages of cacao concentration. You can also book tastings that focus on a specific type of chocolate like dark, for example; attendees taste various dark chocolate samples from different chocolate makers. Attendees can also learn about the geographic origins of cacao and chocolate and taste samples from different regions around the world. Like wine, each country's cacao tastes a little bit different. For all virtual tastings, it’s recommended that you select at least six different chocolates to taste over the course of the event.
  • A: If you’d like the experience to be more intimate and interactive, keep the guest count to less than 20 people. But keep in mind that most chocolate shops require a minimum spend in order to host a virtual chocolate tasting, meaning that you might need to host at least 10 guests, for example, in order to cover the cost, depending on the price of the samples. Some tasting experiences can accommodate large groups of up to 100 attendees.
  • A: Yes. Some vendors offer turnkey virtual chocolate and wine tasting experiences, while others allow you to upgrade a virtual chocolate tasting with add-ons like wine or small bites. Keep in mind that most chocolate shops will not be able to ship the wine pairings to attendees. Instead, they might send a list of recommended wines for guests to purchase before the event.
  • A: Yes. Typically, attendees are sent the chocolates (usually with thermal wrap and ice packs), along with any accessories like a tasting mat and branded swag. You will need to provide the vendor with the shipping information for all of the attendees. If the virtual chocolate tasting also includes a wine pairing, the vendor may suggest wines that guests should purchase ahead of time.