When it comes to culinary companions, we're well-versed in the classic pairings of beer and wine with cheese. But have you ever wondered about the  relationship between chocolate and cheese? While cheese is often associated with savoury flavours and chocolate with sweetness, these two

 culinary delights can dance together in ways that awaken your taste buds to an extraordinary gastronomic adventure.

A Duet of Contrasts and Complements

Rich, bold, robust, nutty, creamy – these are just a few words that paint the shared canvas of chocolate and cheese. Despite their apparent differences, these two culinary powerhouses share more than 73 flavour compounds. It's a scientific symphony that makes their pairing an unexpectedly delightful experience.

Embracing History and Evolution

History has a curious way of shaping our palate. While chocolate is now primarily associated with sweetness, its past tells a different story. Chocolate's history as a savoury dish predates its sweet incarnation, and let's not forget the indulgent creation known as cheesecake. In the realm of flavours, tradition often gives way to innovation, allowing us to embrace a culinary evolution that leads to unique and unexpected pairings.

The Art and Science Behind the Pairing

Before delving into the harmonious union of chocolate and cheese, let's explore a few fundamental concepts. Did you know that chocolate and cheese share common ground in the flavour department? Over 73 shared flavour compounds provide the scientific basis for their compatibility. Take Parmesan cheese, for instance – its salty umami flavour complements the richness of dark chocolate. The marriage of Parmesan with Guittard Etoile du nord 64% dark chocolate creates a flavour symphony that's worth savouring.

Guidelines for a Flawless Pairing

Creating a harmonious chocolate and cheese pairing doesn't require rocket science, but it does demand a bit of finesse.

Here are a few tips to enhance your tasting experience:

1. Portion Your Pairings: Chocolate can occasionally overpower the flavours of its cheese counterpart. To strike a balance, serve about twice as much cheese as chocolate.

2. Quality Over Quantity: Limit your pairings to three to five combinations. Remember, quality trumps quantity.

3. Play with Styles: From soft, mild cheeses to full-flavoured hard cheeses, explore the myriad options that can be paired with milk, white, or dark chocolate. Keep in mind that both chocolate and cheese are rich in taste, so a little goes a long way.

4. Select Wisely: Consult specialty shops to select chocolates from expert chocolatiers and cheeses from reputable cheese shops or delis. Consider complementary textures and flavours for a harmonious experience.

The Art of Tasting: A Sensory Symphony

Tasting chocolate and cheese is an art that engages all your senses. Follow these steps to unlock the full potential of your pairings:

1. Look:

Observe the cheese's appearance – its colour, rind, and texture.

Quality chocolate will be shiny and glossy, with clean edges.

2. Smell

: Inhale deeply and appreciate the array of aromas. Chocolate boasts a wide range of scents, from caramel to coffee.

Cheese's aromatic spectrum includes everything from nuts to mold.


3. Taste: Pay attention to density, texture, and mouthfeel.

Good chocolate will melt smoothly in your mouth, while quality cheese should offer a pleasant, rich experience.

4. Finish: Allow the flavours to linger, capturing the latent nuances that unfold as the pairing settles.

Embrace the Discovery

Not every chocolate and cheese pairing will yield perfection, but the journey is as delightful as the destination. Take your time, explore different combinations, and take notes along the way. Share your passion by hosting a cheese and chocolate event, guiding friends on a delectable journey that celebrates the beautiful intersection of flavours.

Chocolate Styles and Cheese Companions

Different chocolate styles harmonise wonderfully with various cheeses. From dark and milk chocolate to chocolate infused with dried fruits and spices, each variety unlocks new dimensions of flavour when paired with the right cheese. Similarly, cheeses span a spectrum from fresh and tangy to aged and pungent, offering endless opportunities for creativity in your tasting adventure.

Embark on a Journey of Flavour

As chocolatiers, we understand that the relationship between chocolate and cheese is an uncharted realm filled with flavour possibilities. The mingling of diverse tastes and textures creates a culinary adventure that awakens the senses and expands the palate. So, gather your favourite chocolates, select an array of cheeses, and embark on a journey of taste that bridges the gap between these two beloved indulgences.

Whether you're seeking a playful interplay of flavours or a harmonious fusion of textures, the world of chocolate and cheese pairings awaits your exploration.

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