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I was invited to an exclusive chocolate tasting event at Koko Monk, among 10 other food media/bloggers. Koko Monk is the new retail shop for what you may previously know as Levni Chocolates that had been at five Vancouver farmer’s markets since 2010.

Chocolate Tasting at Koko Monk

Chocolate Tasting at Koko Monk

The event was set up like a wine tasting, with chocolates placed in a pre-determined order. In fact, the chocolates progressed like wine, from lighter flavours to a stronger, punchier finish. The best part is that it was a blind tasting, meaning we didn’t know what we were eating until we took our first bite, made a guess at ingredients that were used in each chocolate, then owner/chocolatier Paul would reveal the “correct answer”.

By the way, according to Paul, you’re not supposed to chew on the chocolate after you took a bite. Let it sit inside your mouth and let it melt away. Use your taste buds to sense all the different flavours/ingredients. (more…)

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Thanks to Vancouver Foodster, Mr. and I won a contest prize to attend a chocolate workshop at BETA5 Chocolates on Valentine’s Day. What a perfect way to spend our evening on this special day!

Beta5 Chocolates was just open recently in October 2011. It’s located in the industrial area near the Main Street skytrain station. The event started at 8:30pm and we arrived just after 8pm. We were greeted by Jess the co-owner and she graciously offered us champagne and a variety of chocolate-coated goodies, including pretzels, hazelnuts, ginger and espresso beans, as well as interesting items like chocolate covered frozen dried strawberries and mango-passion fruit caramels.

Chocolate goodies to taste

Chocolate goodies to taste

The workshop finally began when all 6 couples arrived. We first got to try chocolate chips from different countries, getting a sense of how the chocolate beans taste different based on their country of origin, climate, soil condition, etc. Some were bitter, some were a bit sour.

Chocolates from different countries

Chocolates from different countries

Then, time to make our own box of chocolate. (more…)

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