Fruit and chocolate is perhaps one of the most classic pairings, keeping valentine's day chocolate delivery companies in business for years. Strawberries are probably the most common fruit; when dipped in chocolate they make a rich, juicy gift for one’s sweetheart. Other commonly-paired fruits include apples, cherries, raisins, and bananas. Milk, dark, white – the possibilities are endless! Try experimenting with less-obvious ones like raspberries, pears, or kiwi for a unique delicious sweet treat. Get fancy with chocolate fondue, or simple just melt some chocolate chips and dip away! Try Chocolak Cartoccio, a rich dark chocolate with almonds and a hint of orange, for a surprising fruity treat.
Another classic duo!Chocolate has been poured over every type of nut imaginable – peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, you name it. The crunch of a nut compliments chocolate’s creamy texture perfectly. Whomever first thought of this had to have been a genius! Let’s also not forget the most famous nut product of all, peanut butter – I really can’t think of a better food to combine with chocolate. Together, the rich creaminess of peanut butter and the smooth chocolatey goodness creates the ultimate melt-in-your-mouth experience. Many companies also make chocolate-nut spreads, which do all the work for you – just add your favorite dipper (or maybe just a spoon will do!).
3) Salty Snacks
Something about the combination of sweet and salty makes the taste buds go crazy. It creates an instant satisfaction that is unlike any other. Dark chocolate with sea salt inside has become a common flavor variety across many brands. Everything from granola bars to pretzels to potato chips have been drenched in chocolate and sold in grocery stores. Try dipping pretzels in melted milk chocolate chips, or drizzle popcorn with a ribbon of dark semi-sweet chocolate for a delightful snack. If you’re really feeling adventurous, look for bacon-infused chocolate bars. Yes, that’s a thing….and I hear it’s amazing.
Whaaaat? Cheese with chocolate? Sounds weird. Maybe – but it’s not uncommon to see the two together on a dessert plate at a fancy restaurant. Some expert tips:
- Smell both the cheese and chocolate before tasting. If the combination smells bad to you, you won’t like the taste either.
- Take a small bite of chocolate first, then a small bite of cheese, then chocolate again.
- Opposites tend to attract. Pair spicy cheese with sweet chocolates.
Try these combinations: Sharp cheddar with fruit-infused chocolates, pepper jack with creamy milk chocolate, such as Chocolak Nocciola al Latte, or goat cheese with dark chocolate, such as Chocolak Tavoletta Amore. Mix it up and have fun with best tasting chocolate !
Of course, all of these suggestions are well and good on their own, but if you really want to get crazy, make a fruit, cheese, and chocolate platter or a fancy cheesecake, such as the one below, over which I am currently drooling: