We’ve put together five ideas for pairing two of the greatest culinary creations – cheese & chocolate. Both individually offer a wide variety of aromas and flavours – making them an entertaining and rewarding experience to bring together.

A FEW BASICS WHEN PAIRING CHEESE AND CHOCOLATE

  • Chocolate can have the tendency to overpower any flavour it is served with. To avoid this, serve twice as much cheese as chocolate so both foods can make their impact.

  • Use the best quality cheese and chocolate you can afford. Both cheese and chocolate are very rich so a little goes a long way. The mantra here is: quality over quantity.

  • Add some texture by playing with variations of chocolate such as: chocolate-covered expresso beans, or chocolate brownie with walnuts.

  • There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to cheese and chocolate pairing. Taste is subjective so there isn’t a right or wrong combination. Experiment and you will find what you love.

FIVE CHEESE AND CHOCOLATE PAIRINGS TO GET YOU STARTED

  • VINTAGE CHEDDAR WITH FILLED CHOCOLATES

    A sharp, slightly crunchy textured cheddar pairs well with filled or combination-style chocolate that include almonds, honey, maple or some dried fruit.

  • ALPINE-STYLE CHEESE WITH MILK CHOCOLATE

    A nutty, grassy alpine-style cheese such as Gruyere is balanced perfectly with the sweetness of milk chocolate.

  • BLUE CHEESE WITH DARK CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

    Combine the sharp punchy flavours of a blue cheese with dark chocolate truffles and you’ll find a match made in heaven.

  • SHEEP AND GOAT MILK CHEESES WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE

    The intense earthy flavour of goat or sheep milk cheeses lends itself perfectly to the sweetness of white chocolate.

  • CHÈVRE WITH CHOCOLATE BROWNIE

    The lactic freshness of the goats cheese cuts through the rich sweetness of the chocolate brownie. A must-try combination.