activity

Can the sounds around you influence the flavor of your food? Find out using a few bites of chocolate and a little bit of music.

safety
  • None
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 10 minutes

Prepare Ingredients

2 bite-size pieces per person
bittersweet chocolate
1 per person
glass of water

Gather Equipment

1 pair per person
headphones
1 sheet per person
Eat with Your Ears notes page (or blank sheet of paper)
1 per person
pen or pencil
1
 
2 bite-size pieces per person
bittersweet chocolate

Listen to song #1 through your headphones while you eat a piece of the chocolate. Take your time: Close your eyes, chew slowly, and breathe in and out through your nose. Focus on the chocolate flavor. Jot down your observations about how sweet and bitter the chocolate tastes on the Eat with Your Ears notes page or a blank piece of paper (see the ratings table below for an example).

 
2
 

Take a sip of water and count to 20. This gives your tastebuds a break.

 
3
 

Listen to song #2 through your headphones while you eat your second piece of chocolate. Take your time: Close your eyes, chew slowly, and breathe in and out through your nose. Focus on the chocolate flavor. Jot down your observations about how sweet and bitter this piece of chocolate tastes.

 
4
 

Did the flavor of the chocolate change as you listened to the different pieces of music? How so? Did it taste sweeter or more bitter depending on the music?