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Steelgrass Dark Chocolate Tasting Assortment
Everything you need for a complete tasting, packaged for groups of 4 guests. Each package contains four taster’s notes pages, four whole cacao beans for all to peel and taste, and enough of eleven dark chocolates to give each of four guests two samples apiece. People always want more of their favorites, so order enough four-person packages to make sure there will be extras.
$30 per four-person package.
Next time you're expecting company, anything from a casual visit to a sit-down dinner, a chocolate tasting makes a wonderful addition, as well as a great dessert.
Our "Tasting Assortment" gives you all the fixings for an eleven-course* dark chocolate tasting just like the one we offer on our Chocolate Farm Tour. The Tasting Assortment comes in packages of four. Each package contains four taster's notes pages, four whole cacao beans for all to peel and taste, and enough of eleven dark chocolates to give each of four guests two samples apiece. People always want more of their favorites, so order as many four-person packages as you'll need to have some extras.

To serve, you can simply set the eleven tasting chocolates on a plate and pass them around. If you want to be more thorough, you can prepare eleven containers numbered 1 through 11. Most people don't have that many porcelain ramekins, which is what we use here at the Farm, but there are many other possibilities, including cups, saucers, small plates, or even tinfoil muffin liners. Some of the eleven dark chocolates come in their own bite-size pieces, but for others, you will need to do a little advance preparation by chopping bars into sample sizes. (Our Tasting Assortment includes instructions on the best technique for chopping chocolate.)

The taster's notes pages are the same as the ones we use here at Steelgrass. Headed by a list of tasting words (pungent, flowers, nutlike, smoky etc.), these sheets allow your guests room to record their reactions to each different chocolate. The bottom of the sheet gives the identifying information for the chocolates, including country of origin and cacao percentage.*

*The eleven dark chocolates and their cacao percentages are as follows. 60%: Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, Forastero, grown in Kona, Hawaii. 64%: Valrhona "Manjari," Criollo, grown in Madagascar. 65%: Guittard "Chucuri," Criollo, grown in Colombia. 65%: Valrhona "Chuao," Criollo, grown in Venezuela. 65%: Hershey's "Cacao Reserve", Forastero, grown in Africa. 68%: Felchlin "Cru Sauvage," Criollo, grown in Bolivia. 68%: Dagoba "Milagros," cultivar unspecified, grown in Peru. 70%: Waialua Estate, "Extra Dark," Criollo, grown on Oahu, Hawaii. 72%: Ghirardelli "Extra Dark," cultivar and origin unspecified. 74%: Felchlin "Elvesia," Criollo/Trinitario Blend, grown in the Dominican Republic. 75%: Republica del Cacao "Los Rios," Forastero/Nacional, grown in Ecuador.


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