It’s nearly impossible to put into words, but all chocolate lovers struggle to explain the flavor and aroma of chocolate. We all love cocoa, but we’re not exactly sure why. Luckily, we have scientists to help us figure it out!:
Chocolate may be the most sought-after treat among trick-or-treaters on Halloween, with little hands grasping for all of the milk- and dark-chocolate morsels they can collect, but the details of its taste and aroma profiles have long eluded scientists.
And new science is revealing why cocoa’s potent sensual properties have been so difficult to pin down. A recent analysis found that the individual aroma molecules in roasted cacao beans (the primary ingredient of chocolate) can smell of everything from cooked cabbage to human sweat to raw beef fat. Together, more than 600 of these flavor compounds melt together in just the right combination to yield the taste and scent of what we all call chocolate, according to Peter Schieberle, a food chemist at Munich Technical University and director of the German Research Center for Food Chemistry, who presented the data at this year’s meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver.
Here at Sweetessa, we advise you to do some experimentation on your own.