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Sunday, December 3, 2017

How Did I Get Here

Chocolate...

This blog that I'm going to share is all About Chocolate.


I'm a regular reviewer of products and services provided by Taskspotting.


TaskSpotting is an app that lets smartphone users look for "missions" in a nearby location using GPS for companies seeking data collected by the end-user. With 300 missions online so far, each mission list tasks to places consumers frequent.

One of their clients is a well-known manufacturer of chocolate products- THE MARS GCC. 


One of the highlighted product was the Galaxy Chocolate Minstrels and Ripple. 


Taskspotting offered me to review the product by sending the chocolates to me.

I received the product. Do the unboxing, taking pictures, giving feedback like how does it taste like, the appearance, the packaging. Same procedure as usual. This has happened a month ago.

Again. I receive an email from Taskspotting saying that I was chosen to be one of the people to visit at MARS GCC. To make a "signature creation" of my own Galaxy chocolate! 


Now that's sweet!

Okay...

Taskspotting in coordination with MARS GCC provided me a gate pass in order for me to enter the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority also known as JAZFA.It will take one day for the gate pass to be released.


Moment of truth.

Well, I'm here now!

Hello, Mars! :)


The Office of MARS GCC FZE






















It is very strict in the JAFZA that taking photograph is not allowed.



I love how the lobby looks like.Very simple and the wall? It's written the 5 Things that the company always do to its people, consumer and about the product. It's like similar to vision and mission perhaps? And of course the pictures of M&M'S A mini Camel wrap into a packaging of snickers, bounty and other Mars product. I want to take a selfie but... You know it's not allowed.. #Sad 

There was a beverage machine as well in which you can choose any of the beverages that you want to drink. I choose the espresso. Other options were the galaxy chocolate and more.Pretty cool.

I cannot take a picture of the lobby because it is not allowed. Again.. #Sad

We're only 3 people invited. Supposed to be it was 4 including my friend but for some reasons, she did not make it. 

Four people from the Mars Team assisted us during the entire session. One of them is Mr. Yann Hocquel -a Galaxy Product Innovation Scientist on Mars. 


He introduced and discuss about the history of the chocolate, how does the chocolate was made of and how do they process it. Stuff like that.

Very informative indeed. After a few mins of discussions. We started to create our own signature creations.

One of them assisted us in preparing the molder, the toppings, and the liquid chocolate.

The more the better :)


There is a mini tempering machine where we can get the liquid chocolate.

"Mini Tempering Machine"-or a jargon buster.  As far as I understand. It's a small machine that a liquid chocolate is stored inside, swirling and comes out into a faucet like a shape preset with a required temperature. Then the cycle repeats itself. Of course, there is a purpose why they kept it there.

Check out this link. "What is a tempering machine" for your reference. :)


Let's do this!!


The Tray Molder, Toppings, and The Liquid Chocolate

looks who is messing around? JK. :D


After molding the chocolate, We put it in the freezer and waited for some time.

Meanwhile one of the Sensory Panelist discussed how does our taste buds works. 
She also discussed the 5th taste buds which are the "Umami".

Sensory Panelist


She conducts a taste test of different chocolate brands as well.



She also discusses how does inhaling affects our taste. *something like that

She also discusses the "liquor" which can be found in the cocoa.


Types of "Liquor" 
After 15 mins...

Moment of truth!!


This is my own Signature Creation :)


..with a shape of ice cream cone... 




Here's the rest of the pictures.


Enjoy! :)



















And of course the group picture :)





They gave us a bag of chocolates too!

I love it!!



Thank you for this once in a lifetime opportunity!


For more information about Galaxy Products. 

You can visit the website @GalaxyArabia

Or know more about Mars. Click here

Please do comment and share this :) 

Next time again :)

-Ceddy



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