Chocolate Pairings. Chocolate and roses, yes. Chocolate and cheese. Chocolate and wine. It’s not new to put chocolate with something else that complements it, but we’re seeing a lot more of it. The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College in Chicago hosted its annual For the Love of Chocolate event and the exhibits were liberally laced with samples of alcohol-tinged brownies and candy oozing with hints of brandy and rum. We’re finding chocolate bread pudding with brandy sauce, and classic after dinner drinks like the Brandy Alexander paired with chocolate ice cream. Cookies & Corks has put a twist on wine paring by creating all-natural cookie recipes designed to pair with wines (and coming complete with a wine pairing chart in every box).
While we expect the alcohol and chocolate category to grow, we aren’t seeing a slow down in chocolate paired with salt, either. It’s still winning awards at the food shows, and we’re seeing it on more and more menus. Even the everyday bistros are showing off their trends by dipping house made potato chips in chocolate for an after-dinner treat.
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