What's So Great About Ready-to-Drink Protein Shakes?

The aroma and taste profiles of a high-quality chocolate protein shake should be led by chocolate and dairy/milk notes. There may be a medicinal/”vitamin-like” note present, but it shouldn’t overwhelm the chocolate milk notes. There may also be cocoa powder, vanilla and nutty notes.

The taste profile should lead with sweetness, but it shouldn’t be overly sweet. There should also be a low level of sour and bitter present and may also be a low level of saltiness.

The texture of the shake will include an expected level of chalkiness and astringency. It should also have a rich mouth coating and have some mouth weight – not be “watery.”

The darkness of the brown color is stylistic, but it should appear to have some viscosity.

Tasting terms

  • taste profile

    The expected levels of each basic taste in any given food; defines the overall taste balance. Example: The taste profile of baking chocolate is led by bitterness that is balanced by a low amount of sweetness.

  • aroma

    The smell that emanates from food. Along with appearance, texture, flavor and taste, aroma is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate a product. Example: Brownies should have an aroma that includes chocolate as well as egg, toasty and sweet notes.

  • astringency

    The tendency of some foods to cause the mouth to pucker; often associated with the presence of tannins or acidity. Example: Red wine, tea, grapefruit juice and pickles can be astringent.

  • appearance

    The visual quality of a food. Used to organize attributes such as color and consistency of size, it is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate food. The other dimensions are aroma, texture, flavor and taste. Example: The appearance of green olives includes attributes such as color (pale to dark) and consistency of size (inconsistent to consistent).