Tony's x Cabot Pairings
Surprise and delight your tastebuds with these five unexpected pairings featuring fellow B Corp Tony's Chocolonely and our award-winning cheddar. Below you'll find a decadent mix of dark and milk chocolate bars with creative ingredients that pair beautifully with our naturally-aged traditional and flavored cheddars. We think these pairings are best shared with family and friends, so we've included some tips from our Cheese Experience Guide to help you along your way. What are you waiting for? Let's get this pairing party started!
- Identify your pairings and let them come to room temperature.
- Identify the characteristics in the cheese and chocolate by smelling them, observing their textures and tasting the individual notes in each. (Creamy, Nutty, Sharp, etc.)
- Take a bite of the cheese. Let it coat your pallet and focus on the specific notes you identified earlier.
- Take a bite of chocolate. Allow it to meld with the cheese in coating your pallet.
- Finish by taking a second bite of cheese and experience the flavor combinations being elevated!
Pairing 1: A Bold Combo
Seriously Sharp: A sophisticated, complex cheddar that is just the right combination of nutty, tangy zest.
Dark Chocolate: This 70% dark chocolate delicacy is designed for the true chocolate lover.
Why it works: The sharp boldness of the cheddar goes hand in hand with the tangy experience of this decadent dark chocolate. The salty notes of this perfectly-aged cheddar and subtle sweetness of the chocolate really round each other out well.
Pairing 2: A Complex Combo
Two-Year Cheddar: A slow-aged and complex cheddar with unforgettable flavor.
Dark Almond Sea Salt: This dark chocolate bar has got it all: almonds and sea salt. A golden match!
Why it works: The sharpness of the cheddar and the bitterness of the chocolate even one another out while still letting the nuttiness from the almonds and sea salt sing.
Pairing 3: A Classic Combo
Vermont Sharp: A classic sharp cheddar bite with a creamy texture and slight buttery tang.
Milk Chocolate Everything: A milk chocolate bar packed with sticky caramel, crunchy almonds, savory pretzels, sweet nougat and flakey sea salt.
Why it works: The smoothness of the cheddar and milk chocolate really complement one another in this pairing. The salty crunch of Tony’s Everything adds an exciting texture experience that’s sure to wow!
Pairing 4: A Velvety Combo
Extra Sharp: A rich and creamy cheddar that's ever-so-crumbly with a sophisticated citrusy flavor.
Milk Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt: A classic milk chocolate with the Tony's twist of added crunchy caramel and flakes of sea salt.
Why it works: The richness of the cheese and chocolate blend together beautifully. The added sweet and salty texture cuts through the velvetiness of the pairing to balance out the flavors.
Pairing 5: A Heated Combo
Pepper Jack: A moderately hot cheese with the just the right kick that's the ultimate balance of spicy and creamy.
Milk Chocolate: Tony's flagship classic chocolate bar. It was the first bar they ever made, back in 2005.
Why it works: The creaminess of the chocolate tones down the intensity of the spice without dampening it completely and elevates the entire flavor profile to create a rich and heated experience.