Chocolate tastes best when it’s the last piece

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The last piece of chocolate on a plate tastes the best. That is the result of a test by researchers from the University of Michigan who asked 52 students to evaluate the taste of five unmarked chocolate bars they had to pick from a bag. The researcher then told half of this group just before the fifth pick that this was the last one. Law and behold: the majority of this group claimed that the last piece tasted the best of the sample, in fact, was one of the best they ever tasted, no matter the flavor profile of the piece they picked. The control group had none of these claims. The conclusion: the evaluation of a sensory experience (or any other experience for that matter) depends on the expectations of finality. So … our tip for the day: savor the last piece with gusto. You never know what comes next.