Pairing

Did you know that chocolate goes perfectly with certain fruits and drinks?  Below are some examples for a delectable taste treat.

  1. Fruit:
    1. Dark chocolate helps neutralize very sweet fruits such as strawberries, bananas and dried apricots, cherries, coconut, grapes, honeydew melons, kiwi, lemon, mango, oranges, passion fruit, raisins, or raspberries.
    2. Milk Chocolate: apricots, apples, bananas, cherries, coconut, grapes, kiwi, lemons, oranges, passion fruit, pears, raisins, raspberries.
    3. White chocolate: apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, coconut, cranberries, currants, dates, figs, gooseberry, grapes, lemon, lime, mango, orange, papaya, passion fruit, pomegranate, prunes raspberries.
  2. Nuts: Nuts in chocolate desserts make an interesting addition from both taste and texture points of view. Add roasted hazelnuts, almonds and/or walnuts to a chocolate for added crunch and a scrumptious crunchy bite and nutty flavor.
  3. Cheese: The sweetness of chocolate can sometimes overwhelm the palate, which is why aged cheddars, Gouda, Havarti and Parmigiano-Reggiano have a strong enough flavor to balance perfectly. Spread toasted baguette slices with melted chocolate and cheese.
  4. Coffee: Dark chocolate can have some very strong coffee undertones. And, since these two favorite foods are grown in similar regions of the world, coffee and chocolate have flavor profiles that tend to naturally complement each other. Dark chocolate goes well with a bold coffee, such as Italian roast. Serve small chunks of dark chocolate with freshly brewed coffee for a sweet and pleasing end to a meal.
  5. Wine: Pair chocolate and wine according to the darkness of the chocolate. Like food, follow the general rule of wine pairings: the darker the chocolate, the darker the wine. Red wines (like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Port) are ideal for dark chocolate.