Cheese and Chocolate Pairing

Both cheese and chocolate have captured the hearts of food enthusiasts worldwide, and when combined, they create a symphony of flavours that excite the palate in unexpected ways. This delightful union of two seemingly contrasting ingredients showcases the versatility of both, elevating each other’s unique characteristics to new heights.

At first glance, the idea of pairing cheese and chocolate might seem counterintuitive. Cheese is often associated with savoury dishes, while chocolate is usually loved for its sweetness. However, it is precisely this contrast that makes the pairing so intriguing and exciting. The richness and creaminess of cheese are a perfect partner for the smooth, luscious texture of chocolate, and the right combination of sweet and savoury can be incredibly harmonious.

Cheese, chocolates, wine, and orchid on white

When it comes to pairing, the possibilities are endless. There’s such an incredible variety of chocolate created these days, for beyond the basics of dark, milk or white. Craft chocolate makers have introduced us to the world of specialist cacao – with myriad different flavour notes – and there are all kinds of weird and wonderful inclusion bars available. As such, we believe that every cheese has a perfect chocolate partner, whether it’s a light and creamy brie or camembert, an aged cheddar or gouda, or even an intense and stinky blue!

Here are some tried and tested combinations that will satisfy your palate and open your mind to the amazing world of pairing chocolate and cheese…

Brie with dark chocolate with a savoury inclusion

Suggested chocolate – Standout Porcini 67%

Taleggio with salted milk chocolate

Suggested bar – Amano Japanese Sea Salt & Cocoa Nibs

Gruyere with gianduja

Suggested bar – Chocolate Tree Hazelnut Gianduja

Aged cheddar with fruity single origin dark chocolate

Suggested bar – Fjåk Tanzania 70%

Manchego with citrusy dark chocolate 

Suggested bar – To’ak Galapagos Orange & Salt

Blue Cheese with extra dark chocolate

Suggested bar – Zotter Labooko Peru 82%

To truly appreciate the complexities of cheese and chocolate pairings, one must consider their individual elements and how they interact with each other. Take your time examining, smelling and tasting each delicacy – both separately and combined. The texture, flavour, and aroma of all ingredients must complement and elevate one another rather than overpowering or conflicting. You’ll feel the magic when you discover a pairing that’s more than the sum of its parts.

So what are you waiting for? Order some exceptional chocolate today and invite your friends over for a cheese and chocolate session. You really can’t beat a cheese and chocolate platter at the start or end of a meal – it’s a fantastic ice-breaker that’s guaranteed to get the party started!

If you ever want advice about pairing or tasting chocolate, be sure to get in touch.

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