It is easy to distinguish good quality chocolate by using all your senses - sight, touch, sound, smell and taste.
Enjoy the depth of colour, see the sheen and gloss of the chocolate. You will find that dark chocolate has a deep, warm colour. The lighter the cocoa means the finer the flavour
Feel the smooth texture of the chocolate. Good quality chocolate should begin to melt within one minute when held in your hand.
Breaking fine chocolate should mean a satisfying snap. The makeup of milk and white chocolate will give a more muffled sound, while darker chocolate sounds like a breaking twig.
Close your eyes and gently smell the chocolate. Good quality chocolate has a wonderful aroma with just a touch of natural vanilla.
Place a small piece of chocolate on your tongue and allow it to melt of its own accord. Yopu will recognise the texture and complexity and recognise the different waves of flavour emerging.