There's A Reason Why Advent Calendar Chocolate Tastes So Different
As someone with absolutely no self-control whatsoever, in the couple of instances I've actually had an advent calendar it has been consumed immediately. Not like just three or four chocolates, but literally the whole thing.
I eat all 24 (maybe 25, depending on the brand) and, even when I hate myself and feel sick, I finish it. My chocolate-eating habits are not being dictated by some cardboard calendar. I do what I want.
But have you ever noticed that the chocolates taste different? Almost better than usual? Well, there are several reasons for it. And it's not that you generally eat it straight after brushing your teeth.
First of all, it's cheaper. Yeah, you probably guessed that. It's actually compound chocolate, which means it's made with less expensive fats than cocoa butter. Compound chocolate is much easier to work into moulds; hence why it's perfect for the little boxes. It has a slightly different flavour and texture than most other chocolate, which again plays a part in why it seems so different.
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Also, the size and shape of the chocolate makes a difference, as well as the fact that we're only treated to one a day (HA. Amateurs).
The pieces are mostly bite-size with rounded corners and an embossed shape on top. This means it melts pretty quickly when it's on your tongue, and your tastebuds will get an intense chocolatey taste.
Also, as you generally continue eating piece after piece with normal chocolate bars (who has one piece and gives up?!) with advent calendars you know you're only getting one piece per day, so most people often savour the moment. This obviously changes how you perceive the flavour.
So, there you go. Enjoy your one piece a day safe in the knowledge that it's cheap and nasty. But it's a nice way to start the morning, right?