In some recipes for muffins, biscuits or cakes I find small amounts of salt as an ingredient (Chocolate cake, Banana muffin). Why? What can a pinch of salt add to the bowl of chocolate?


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Great question. the salt is not there for the taste of salt. A pinch of salt helps with the ionization process so your taste buds can pick up the tsate of the chocolate, ice cream, etc, better.

I think this was discussed in an episode of Alton Brown's Good Eats as well.

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    Not just an episode, he did a full hour long special on salt.
    – speshak
    Mar 10, 2013 at 5:17

It enhances the flavour of the chocolate, vinegar is used in a similar way when added to cream sauces and mousses. We use vinegar to bring out the flavour of aubergine in our mushroom and aubergine sauce. Worth a try! :)

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