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.