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.
Travel safety: How and where do Americans die overseas?
Terrifying monsters that might live in America
Prehistoric animals you won't believe existed
The eeriest legends from the Amazon rain forest
Places Americans don’t visit—but definitely should
Everything you need to know if you want to lose weight quickly
The most famous UFO sightings in the world
Celebrities who died tragically young
CELEBRITY famous introvert
The famous American celebrities you'd never guess are introverts
Amy Adams, one of Hollywood's most stylish red heads