It’s sometimes the most unexpected pairings that are the biggest delight to your taste buds.
Take chocolate and cheese: one might think these two would contradict each other, but with careful maneuvering, chocolate and cheese can complement each other perfectly to create unique and unusual flavors.
Kick off your new chocolate-and-cheese obsession with these pairings:
Ewephoria + Sunflower Seed Milk Chocolate
Pair Ewephoria, a sheep’s milk gouda cheese with Patric’s Salty Sunflower Seed Milk Chocolate. This cheese is super creamy, with hints of butterscotch and nuts. It pairs beautifully with the salty, crunchy, and creamy milk chocolate. Think of it as a fancy trail mix.
Annelies + PBJ OMG
This is the @patricchocolate flight for Saturday morning! The first three are part of the monthly offerings, we also got a big batch of Triple Ginger. Because, well, like many of you, we can't live without it!! Think baby candied ginger on the back, ginger sugar and ginger oil in the gorgeous creamy milk chocolate. Deadly delicious. #craftchocolate #happychocolate #tasting #flights
Murray’s Cheese teamed up with Walter Rass, the cheesemaker behind the cult-classic Challerhocker, to create Annelies, a raw cow’s milk Alpine-style cheese from Switzerland.
The cheese has subtle notes of butterscotch and cocoa. Patric’s PBJ OMG is the perfect pairing because it tastes just like an adult Reese’s. The nuttiness and saltiness of the chocolate matches perfectly with the roasted hazelnut flavor of the cheese.
Taleggio + Dark Chocolate Truffles
Let’s talk about Taleggio. Taleggio is one of those cheeses that has probably sneaked its' way into your pizza, or maybe even a grilled cheese. But I bet you haven't tasted the gloriousness that is a slice of taleggio on a toasted baguette. 😍 🧀 🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀 This soft, Italian cow's milk washed rind cheese is fruity, yet tangy and a force to be reckoned with, AKA it's a stinky one. Taleggio has a strong scent, but is actually fairly mild so don't let it fool ya. The rind is edible and honestly, the crystal-y orange edges are probably our favorite part. If you’re looking to expand your horizons as a brie or camembert lover, check it out. |. 🧀 via @cheesemongerbox #youshouldtrythischeese
Taleggio is an Italian cow’s milk cheese with a washed rind. It’s semi-soft and melts beautifully, but pairing this pungent cheese with your favorite dark chocolate truffle is truly luxurious. The crystallized orange rind adds a little crunch between the depth of these two flavors.
To get a few more favorite pairings from the cheese world, we talked to Zach Berg, award-winning cheesemonger and co-owner of Provisions, a chocolate, cheese and charcuterie specialty shop in Ferndale, Michigan:
Mustard cheddar + raspberry-filled chocolates
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This one’s a mix of the sweet and tangy. “For bon bons, this is a bolder pairing but I think it’s really fun,” Berg says. “Take Red Dragon (a mustard studded cheddar) and eat it with raspberry filled chocolates. It ends up tasting like an amazing mostarda.”
Blue + dark chocolate
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“For single origin bars (our focus at Provisions), Bayley Hazen Blue from Jasper Hills Farm with Marou’s Tiền Giang 70% Bar is a really fun paring,” Berg says. “The raisin-like notes from the chocolate hold their own to this beautiful blue.”