That is the best way to enjoy chocolate! We, naturally, have candy and chocolate around all the time and need to professionally taste test a lot, both our own and from others.
I have a few tips. :)
1. Share! Most candies can be easily split in half. If acceptable, just bite it and feed the remaining half in your partner's mouth. Make sure you alternate who bites first. If you don't also want to share spit, use a sharp knife and divide it into however many portions you need. We usually taste test with 4 people so each bonbon is cut into quarters. I find this somewhat ridiculous and annoying when there's only a couple to sample, but it is very helpful if you have to work your way through a variety box of 16! Not recommended for cherry cordials! ;)
2. Quality! Don't bother with grocery store candy, kid's candy, candy bars, and the like. Limit yourself to good quality confections and pay attention when you enjoy them. Have one for dessert each evening or as a reward for a good workout. ONE! A box of candy will get you a whole week of rewards and it won't derail your plan. Plus you're less likely to feel deprived.
3. Savor! Don't chew. Pop it into your mouth and notice how the flavor changes as the chocolate melts in your mouth. Try different varieties of chocolate with different cocoa mass percentages and find out which one is your favorite. Some are very fruity, some are earthy, some are bitter, and some have added flavors or fillings.
4. No guilt! As long as you're being reasonable, there's no reason to feel guilt about eating a piece of candy. If you're diabetic and as long as it doesn't make your blood sugar spike, stick to dark chocolate. Milk chocolate is sweeter and the milk will spike your numbers more easily. There are also sugar-free varieties, but artificial sweeteners (usually maltose) are worse for you than sugar. If you absolutely want the health benefits of chocolate, but zero sugar, you can try chocolate liquor. That is not a drink, but basically chocolate pastilles with no sugar. You can also buy bars with 90% or 100% cocoa mass which is pretty much up there with chocolate liquor.
5. Love Reese's? Snickers? Almond Joy? Most confectioners will have a bonbon that is similar to many commercial candy bars. Not because they're copying, but because those combinations are tried and true. You'll most likely be able to get what you want, but in a higher quality format. As a bonus, you'll probably be supporting a local small business and that is good for everyone's health. ;)
6. Avoid! Hydrogenated fats, peanut oil, modified soy protein, sorbitol, polysorbate, soybean oil, and artificial colors and flavors. Good milk chocolate will contain only cane sugar, chocolate liquor, milk, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, and vanillin or vanilla. Good semisweet (or dark) chocolate will have chocolate liquor, cane sugar, cocoa butter, butter oil, soy lecithin, and vanillin or vanilla. Legally only chocolate can be labeled "chocolate" so "chocolate-flavored" confections are probably adulterated with other oils. Only cocoa butter and butter oil are allowed in chocolate.
Congrats on your being the hare and actually winning the race with the turtles this time! Keep it up!
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