Why does Advent calendar chocolate taste different than other chocolate?
The science behind the holiday tradition
For many families around the world, the true sign of the holidays approaching is when the chocolate-filled Advent calendar is brought out. For every day of December, a small cardboard door opens up to a show a small chocolate candy, usually in fun Christmas themed shapes. Kids and parents alike anticipate eating the daily sweet.
Many people aren't sure if it is the daily anticipation or the actual chocolate recipe, but Advent calendar chocolate tastes completely different than your standard chocolate bar. But here is the tried and true answer, more often than not, it is not "real" chocolate in the calendar.
Most Advent calendars are made with compound chocolate, which means rather than using cocoa butter, it is created with a cheaper fat such as palm oil or coconut oil. The cheaper fat gives the chocolate a different flavor as well as texture. You may notice it is slightly oily or waxy.
Interestingly, nostalgia and excitement also influence the taste of Advent calendar chocolate. Due to it only being a small bite rather than a full bar, people tend to savor and pay more attention to the taste, giving it a whole different flavor profile.
This Christmas, you won't help but be able to notice this unique chocolate phenomenon.