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I finally managed to find a Whole Foods that was convenient for me to visit. I must say, I'm hooked on that store now. They had beautiful flowers, and I heard my favorite music in there that I never hear anywhere else!

But onto the chocolate... I went to the chocolate section, and was overwhelmed by brands that I never heard of. Someone reccomended that I try Kilari, but they didn't have any of that. So, I picked up a small bar of Lindt 70%, and they had tiny squares of another brand that I'm blanking on. I ate the square, and enjoyed it, but I'm waiting for the right moment to try the Lindt.

That brings me to a question: How do you clense your palate before eating chocolate? Too often I eat fast food, and I figure I need to refresh my tongue before trying chocolate that I spent good money on.

Then I decided to look at these websites that you have suggested, and I saw more chocolate and concepts that I am unfamiliar with. I'm sure the more I see it all, the better grasp I'll have of it.

But I discovered this (scroll to the bottom):
Venchi Gianduja Chocolate Spread

I was drawn in by the packaging. What is this beautiful chocolate? What does one spread it on? Fancy bread? Yellow cake? My tongue?

I'm so glad I have found this community! I'm very excited to be embarking on a new Chocolate Life!

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Comment by Eric G on February 1, 2010 at 6:17pm
sorry, meant that kallari chocolate is NOT with the other chocolate at whole foods
Comment by Eric G on February 1, 2010 at 6:14pm
for some strange reason the Kallari chocolate is with the rest of the chocolate at whole foods, sometimes in the world foods section or near the cheese? You may have to ask for it specifically, im pretty sure most of them have it. Worth searching for
Comment by Kristina on January 31, 2010 at 2:31pm
Lindt is ready at once :) to show you how to enjoy a good chocolate properly:

You don't need a special palate clenasing (and please wait at least half an hour if youhave brushed your teeth with paste or used mouthwash) just tmake sure there are no flavours from previous meal left. A piece of white bread wipes quite well while remaining neutral in flavour. Drink some sligtly sparkling water afterwards - and that's it.

For gianduja spread you need just a slice of normal plain white bread - like baguette, just for more substance.
Comment by Robert Shea on January 31, 2010 at 1:57pm
Good quality sparkling water, San Pellagrino or better, works wonderfully as a palate cleanser. The bubbles sting the tongue to wake it up a bit as well as provide agitation to help rinse away whatever else my be lingering.

My first suggestion would be to start a chocolate journal. Keep notes and one out of some number, I like five, as a basic rating. Then every time you taste ten or twenty different chocolates go back and retry your favorite and least favorite from the last batch and see how it compares. This will help you track changes in your palate.

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