Chocolate, being one of the most favorite snacks/sweets, is good on its own. But, you can always make it better by combining it with other tummy-filling stuff. From cheese to the strangest partners such as chili and seafood, chocolate savors you with a delightful treat like no other sweets can.
Aphrodisiac, mood booster, antioxidant – these are just some of the good qualities chocolate possesses. So, if you’re looking for more ways to enjoy chocolate, here are some pairing ideas you can try.
Creamy, rich, and buttery, cheese is an all-purpose flavor enhancer for most dishes, whether in restaurants or home cooking. But did you know that certain types of cheeses blend very well with the nutty taste of chocolate?
We highly suggest pairing lighter cheeses with lighter and creamier brands of chocolates. Milk chocolate paired with light cheese will intensify the sweetness of chocolate and creaminess of cheese, without overpowering any of the flavors. On the other hand, a more acidic, flavorful cheese (such as goat cheese or blue cheese) matches perfectly well with dark chocolate.
When the natural oils of peanut butter mix with cocoa butter in chocolate, the latter’s melting point drops. As a result, it melts faster than peanut butter, allowing you to enjoy a good burst of chocolatey-peanut buttery goodness in your mouth.
We strongly recommend pairing an unsweetened peanut butter with milk chocolate and a sweetened version with dark chocolate. This will create a good balance between the flavors of both components.
Restaurant menus include chocolate treats in one way or another, usually as a side dish or dessert. However, using plain chocolate in conjunction with seafood such as salmon is becoming increasingly popular among specialty restaurants to date.
Lightly frying the salmon and whipping up a creamy, slightly citrusy chocolate sauce will create a perfect main course for you and your partner. Pair with cooked broccoli on the side. Enjoy!
Love chocolate and all things spicy? Now is your chance to indulge in both. Chili and chocolate combo is actually nothing new, a lot of restaurants have explored the possibilities of combining both. Some add chocolate as a flavoring to ground beef with chili, while others mix citrus flavors with chocolate and chili.
As a general rule of the thumb, you want to draw attention to usual flavors of chocolate and chili, or make a good contrast between light and heavy ones. For example, you could lighten up the intense taste of dark chocolate by infusing it with brighter-colored chili.
Pairing chocolate with red wine sparks coziness and romance. While both have overwhelming flavors, you could always use chocolate and red wine to make every sip a fulfilling one.
The key to this combo is coupling sweetness with sweetness. For instance, milk chocolate blends perfectly well with dessert wines like Madeira or Vintage Port.
The idea of chocolate and meat doesn’t sound that shocking. Just recently the unique combination of chocolate and meat has been rediscovered with a number of spin offs. You can find a many chocolate and meat confections. However, this combination is much older than you might expect. For example, the Mexican chocolate mole sauce has long been topping meat enchiladas.
By using bitter dark chocolate it enhances the flavor of lamb, beef or pork almost instantly. Chocolate is mostly used to prepare a sauce or marinade for meat. Can you imagine how delicious your steak will taste with a mouth-poppin’ decadent chocolate sauce?
Event – Ephemeral Dinner: A guide to chocolate indulgence – Four-course Krakakoa chocolate dinner with cocktail pairing by cher Gerry Nainggolan – 17th August 2018
Celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day with quality local produces a four-course chocolate pairing dinner is heavenly made by Frestro’s Executive Chef Gerry Nainggolan collaborated with Indonesia’s artisan chocolate “Krakakoa” to help the environmental sustainability and the welfare of cacao farmers in Indonesia. Explore the tantalizing flavor of artisanal chocolate to understand the process and to delve into chocolate indulgence. Paired with exceptional single malt whisky to help the experience at most.
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With chocolate, possibilities are truly endless. Follow these creative combination ideas and let us know how it goes!