[quote]Bill Roberts wrote:
If you want to tone down sweetness, add bitterness.
To do this with Metabolic Drive chocolate, add in 1 TBSP of 100% pure, non-alkalized cocoa powder. The antioxidant content is awesome and it’s very good for you, but it’s NOT sweet.
Start with 1 TBSP and add in a second TBSP if you don’t notice a change in sweetness.
That is a better-tasting idea than adding BCAA’s or leucine, which was the only thing I could think of.
Hurts the taste but also does make it seem less sweet.[/quote]
Well, it also:
A) provides awesome antioxidant benefits from the cocao (which I’d rather have over anything leucine or BCAAs provide)
B) carries a central idea in cooking that layering flavors of the same family will produce the best end-result flavor (e.g., orange juice (sweet) with orange rind (more bitter)) without screwing up - deviating too much - from the original flavor profile.
Hence, why you would layer a more bitter flavor of chocolate with a “too sweet” chocolate protein powder. It’s the most logical flavor “layering.”
If you’re just too lazy and too damn cheap to pick up cocao powder (seriously, just buy it) you can try adding in 1 TBSP of instant coffee (fresh ground beans are better because you can grind them finer, and I like the sweetness of fresh beans).