Tag Archive: chocolate pairings

The Versatility of Chocolate

I’ve been eating a different chocolate each day for more than eight years. I love the unadulterated flavor notes in a well-made single origin chocolate bar. However, I’ve also come to admire the amazing versatility of cacao after blending different chocolates with fruits, nuts, spices, beverages and savory items over time.

What makes good flavor blends in food? Fresh ingredients, and a skillful mix of the five basic tastes--salty, sweet, bitter, sour, umami (meaty, savory)--are two considerations. And these do apply to chocolate as well.

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Chocolate Chip and Orange Muffins

There's something funny about muffins. They can be something nourishing that you eat in the morning, and they can also be an addictive dessert.

As a kid, I often requested muffins for breakfast. My mom always just thought I was trying to practice healthy eating at a tender age, and that I never wanted to leave home with my stomach empty, failing to realize I eat one muffin too many most mornings.
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Chocolate-Champagne Trifle with Passion Fruit Curd

Passion fruit, chocolate and champagne. Hearing even just one of those ingredients would instantly make you think of anything romantic. They’re just dreamy in their own right.

This recipe may entail a lot of work, considering you have to prepare the cake, the passion fruit curd, and the champagne cream separately. But they’re actually a breeze to make, and they will combine to be the most decadent and glamorous dessert.

You can find passion fruit puree in your favorite supermarket. For the most part, they're in the aisle with other Hispanic ingredients.

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Chocolate Makes Everything Better, Even Bacon

We can all agree that one of the best things in life and one of the greatest gifts of God is food. It is, in fact, one of our few physiological needs. One can never do without food.

On that note, I personally think the best meal of the day is breakfast. I totally dig breakfast food. I get thrilled at the thought of breakfast food. So many times have I drifted to sleep thinking of what’s for breakfast.

I love waking up to the smell of breakfast food in the air. Why of course, when we say breakfast, bacon is always at the top of my mind. No, scratch that. Bacon always tops my list when it comes to food in general!

It’s no secret that I love chocolate, too. I still haven’t tried chocolate-covered bacon, despite the fact that I wrote about it several times already. It never fails to get my attention, though. And now, this… 23-Karat Gold Chocolate Bacon. Yup, you read right.

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Chocolate Mint Brownie Cookies

Chocolate and mint seem to go together very well. A lot of sweet treats have been surfacing with this flavor combination. I, for one, swear by this pairing. I just find the combination of rich chocolate and the refreshing mint oh so delightful.

Chocolate and mint have been consumed separately for centuries now. But, who first combined the taste sensations is unknown. Chocolate mint is popular for sweet treats like candy, ice cream, and cake, to name a few. With its continuous popularity, it invaded the liquid world. It is now used in coffee, tea, and even some main dishes. It’s even used in cosmetics! I myself love my chocolate mint bath gel and lip balm.
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Cheese Fudge

Some people crave chocolate treats every once in a while, while others won’t last a day without their chocolate fix. Chocolate today is getting more and more interesting by the minute. Chocolate lovers seem to be constantly on the hunt for a new twist to their favorite treat that would tickle their fancy.

A lot of chocolate pairings have been surfacing recently. Different types of chocolate have different ingredients combined with them, like nuts, mint, caramel, nougat, and fruits, among others. If you truly are the chocoholic that you claim you are, you know that there are still a lot of chocolate pairings out there you have yet to try.
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Chocolate Cranberry Cake

Chocolate and fruit pairing has become commonplace, and the reason for it is simply because chocolate and fruits generally go scrumptiously well together. Chocolate and cranberries are a good example.

Some say there are only three common fruits that can trace their roots back to North American soil – the blueberry, the Concord grape, and the cranberry. (I thought that was interesting, but whether this is actually true or not, is irrelevant to this post.)  Today we're considering the cranberry.

The cranberry is flexible in its use. These fruits are often served on Thanksgiving and Christmas tables, but could and should be consumed every day! Not only do they taste divine, cranberries are also known for their nutritional benefits such as vitamin C. They are also packed with antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
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Chocolate Brandy Cream

Here is an honest-to-goodness cream recipe. It involves two ingredients that hold a special place in my heart, chocolate and brandy. The luscious taste of chocolate, vanilla, and brandy all combined is totally head-tilting good.

This rich-flavored chocolate brandy cream recipe will definitely sweep you off your feet. It has the mouth-watering taste of chocolate mixed with a little vanilla essence and, of course, brandy. Then the chocolaty mixture folds into a rich cream and is chilled to perfection.

You can use this as a garnish for your favorite cakes or pies. Kick your favorite dessert’s goodness up a notch!
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Strawberry and Chocolate

It is a nice fact that chocolates are numerous and come in different varieties and types. With many creative ideas and thoughts that people spend on creating these treats, you wouldn’t have a hard time looking for something to give to your sweet-toothed friend. In my opinion, this is  really a good thing to ponder upon and a worthy topic to be talked about.

Chocolates are such a craved-for treat. Craving sweets is a natural trait among people. Unfortunately, it sometimes gets out of hand and people wonder what steps they can take to stop craving sweets. (If you're in this category, you're at the wrong website.)
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Hotdog with Chocolate Eclairs!

Many events and occasions around the world are characterized by monumental happenings such as appearances of world famous actors and actresses.  Often times, unique and sometimes bizarre food and treats. This is true in different countries and through varying cultures.

The recent Canadian National Exhibition showcased a wild yet enticing new treat.  While millions of Americans were preparing for their Labor Day celebrations with the idea of enjoying hotdogs on the grill, a Canadian company elevated the traditional sausage in a bun experience to a new level.  They created a hotdog entirely wrapped in a chocolate éclair!  What!?
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