Cheese and Chocolate Pairings

Cheese and Chocolate Pairings

Divine Chocolate and The World’s Best Cheddar – a decadently delicious collaboration.

You just never know until you try. Who would have guessed that two wildly different tastes could come together to create such a scrumptious flavor combination? This is exactly what happens when you pair cheese and chocolate; you get a surprisingly compatible, totally extraordinary taste treat. You might not think these two delicious, but very different, flavors would work so well together, but take it from us – pairing cheddar and chocolate creates a culinary combo of sublime delight.

Great taste isn’t the only thing that makes chocolate and cheese the food world’s newest power couple. Both of these delectable comestibles bring some pretty impressive health benefits to the table as well.

Let’s start with chocolate, much loved for its sinfully delicious taste and mouth feel. Did you know that chocolate also packs a powerful nutritional punch? Chocolate’s most essential ingredient, cacao, is loaded with antioxidant flavonoids and theobromine. A Swedish study of more than 31,000 women found that women who eat one or two servings of dark chocolate each week can cut their risk of heart failure by one third. From Switzerland another study revealed that eating dark chocolate could significantly reduce stress levels.

Chocolate and Cheese

Next up, let’s check out the health benefits of cheddar. Cheese is a delicious delivery system for protein as well as a host of important vitamins and minerals, with calcium at the top of the list. What a tasty way to promote strong bones! And that’s not all. A serving of cheese also contains phosphorus, zinc, Vitamin A,  and Vitamin B12. It’s hard to believe that a food that is so good can be so good for you.

All the health benefits aside, we found that combining the sweet, dark, extravagant taste of chocolate with the salty, savory, sharpness of Cabot Cheese makes for a marvelous match-up. Our friends at the aptly named Divine Chocolate (like Cabot, they’re a co-operative!) worked with us to develop five fantastic Chocolate and Cheese pairings that will surprise and delight even the pickiest palate.

Here are our recommendations to make the most of your tasting experience.

  • Smell both the chocolate and the cheese first before tasting.
  • We found that tasting the cheese first worked better than the reverse. 
  • We recommend a SMALL bite of cheese and then a SMALL bite of chocolate to start, chew some, then take another small bite of cheese.  

Of course, these are merely suggestions. There’s really no right or wrong way to pair these two tantalizing tastes. We say, surround yourself with some Divine Chocolate and The World’s Best Cheddar and let your imagination soar. We had such a deliciously good time matching up our favorite cheese and chocolates.  Bon appétit!

Seriously Sharp + 70% Dark Chocolate with Raspberries 

Seriously Sharp Cheddar with Dark Chocolate

Pairing this Divine bar with Seriously Sharp Cheddar provides a wonderfully flavorful experience. Seriously Sharp has a sour, tangy flavor which pairs perfectly with the tartness of the Dark Chocolate with Raspberries. The bright raspberry flavor is exactly what is needed to balance the slightly bitter notes of Seriously Sharp.

Habanero + Milk Chocolate

Habanero Cheddar and Milk Chocolate

Opposites attract when pairing the furiously fiery & bold flavor of the Habanero; this profile works best with Divine’s smooth milk chocolate. The sweetness of the chocolate nicely mellows the spiciness of the cheese, creating a pleasurable balance of flavors. It’s a truly satisfying pairing of sweet & savory.

Monterey Jack + Milk Chocolate

Monterey Jack and Milk Chocolate

With its smooth, nut-like flavor and distinctive taste, this popular mild-mannered cheese needs a partner like Divine’s equally melodious Milk Chocolate. Each brings out the other’s soft and creamy texture to create a classically delicious pair.

Alpine Blend Dark Chocolate with Whole Almonds

Alpine Cheddar and Chocolate with Almonds

Cabot’s Alpine Blend has been aged to creamy, nutty perfection. Pairing this cheese with Divine’s Dark Chocolate with Whole Almonds accentuates both its nutty flavor profile as well as the slight “grana” texture similar to Parmesan. When combined, the taste seems at once familiar and also completely unique.

Our friends at Divine Chocolate are a pioneering Fairtrade chocolate company, co-owned by 85,000+ cocoa farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana.  As co-owners of Divine Chocolate, Kuapa Kokoo farmers get a share in the profits, a say in the company, and a voice in the global marketplace.  Cabot Creamery and Divine Chocolate are also both Certified B Corporations, meaning they have met the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, and they aspire to use business as a force for good.  

Chocolate Cheese Pairing Infographic

Looking for more ways to pair your favorite Cabot cheeses? Get inspiration here!

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