Thursday, October 22, 2009

Which Oil Is the Winner for Your Chocolate Taste?

By Cal Orey,
The Writing Gourmet

Olive oil judges from coast to coast and around the world recognize award-winning olive oils, but not all of them may be a suitable match for you and your taste buds or chocolate cooking and baking. For instance, if you don’t like mushrooms, porcini olive oil may not be your cup of oil in an exotic chocolate mole. You may love to cook, but extra virgin olive oil may not give you enough pizzazz in your favorite double dark chocolate cookies. Like to bake but don’t want to be stuck using only canola oil (one healthful oil) for your breads, cakes, and muffins? You may be limiting yourself with your oil of choice. No matter what kind of chocolate and oil lover you are, take this quiz, excerpted from my book The Healing Powers of Olive Oil (new mass market edition, January 2009) to get to know your personality and your real taste in oil and chocolate before you choose the oil(s) (a healthier fat choice to use in your dishes) for you...

Oils For Your Chocolate Lifestyle
Take this short quiz to find out. Discover what your fave flavor reveals about your real personality.

1.A typical morning for you includes:
A.Family chaos, with the dog joining in.
B.Breakfast in bed.
C.A 2-mile run.
D.Computer work.
E.Brunch at an ethnic restaurant.
2.When you cook, you’d like to:
A.Feed a fun-loving crowd.
B.Feed a loving mate or friend who’ll enjoy your meals.
C.Make a meal to take on the run.
D.Make a low-maintenance meal.
E.Work in a kitchen chock-full of exotic treats.
3.Your idea of a perfect vacation is:
A.Grabbing the family and visiting relatives.
B.Going to a secluded park for picnic.
C.Hitting the mountain trails.
D.Enjoying an at-home movie fest with a few friends.
E.Flying to a foreign country.
4.When the weekend hits, you can be found:
A.Enjoying a family event with the in-laws, spouse, kids,cat and dog.
B.Busy with your hobbies.
C.Jogging through the neighborhood.
D.On the couch, cuddled up with you know who.
E.Attending an out-of-town social event.
5. A meal to you means, in one word:


Once you understand your cooking and eating styles, you can use the knowledge to select oils that are compatible with them. This, in turn, will enhance your olive oil and chocolate experience. See how you scored below. I’ve made a few oil-wise choices for you to get started or to add to your current olive oil repertoire.
Mostly A’s: The Extrovert: Your Style : You are well-rounded, fun-loving, and people-oriented. You want an oil that is versatile, and good for kids and animals. An all-purpose olive oil is ideal. An oil that will not be too exotic during family get-togethers is best. Best Oils: Extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, roasted garlic olive oil, and citrus olive oils. Chocolate Favorite (Chocolate mousse)
Mostly B’s: The Introvert: Your Style: You are the intellectual, an independent individual who may live alone. You’d probably enjoy an olive oil that is good for you and versatile, as opposed to strong-flavored olive oils. Best Oils: Extra virgin olive oil, basil olive oil, and citrus olive oils. Chocolate Favorite (Luxury chocolate truffles)
Mostly C’s: The Outdoor Health Nut: Your Style: You are a physical person, ready to hike in the summer, hit the gym in the winter. An active individual with a sense of adventure as long as it’s healthful. Best Oils: Light olive oil, extra virgin olive oil, and porcini olive oil. Chocolate Favorite (Dark chocolate nut breads)
Mostly D’s: The Indoor Hermit: Your Style: You are a sofa spud, with one hand on the remote control and the other in a bag of wholesome doggie treats. An afternoon of baking is up your alley. Best Oils: Extra virgin olive oil, and homemade flavored olive oils. Chocolate Favorite (Chocolate 'n' fruit biscotti)
Mostly E’s: The Adventurer: Your Style: You are ready to travel for work or play. Trying new foods is what life is all about. You enjoy tasting new foods and flavors wherever you go and “bland” is not in your vocabulary. Best Oils: Pepper olive oil, porcini olive oil, rosemary olive oil, and oregano olive oil. Chocolate Favorite(Chocolate mole)


  1. I took the quiz. I'm so B--The Introvert. Take the quiz. It works. Share, what are you?

  2. I had mostly A's The Extrovert. That was fun!! Really I am very family oriented, so it is true!!

  3. Hi Ang,
    I've penned hundreds of quizzes for national womens' magazines. It's a given: We love personality quizzes! Men? Not so much, the editors tell me.

  4. Hi Callie! I'm here from my blog, Juls' Kitchen!
    Thank you for stopping by, and thank you for inviting me here!
    I took the quiz, I'm E, The Adventurer!
    Very fun! I think it's me!

  5. Welcome! I think a lot of us may overlap. I like the Outdoor Healthnut if there wasn't snow...maybe a sign to move to HI? Ah, think of the change of foods -- and yep, they've got chocoalte there.