A Guide to Pairing Chocolate & Cheese
Notes from Our Chief Chocolatier, Dave Owens
In this season of celebration, I'd like to suggest a unique, memorable and tasteful gift for the person who has everything, or an addition to your own holiday party. Most of us are familiar with a wine and cheese pairing, but consider the delight of combining the nuances of fine cheese with selections from the Bissinger's collection of handcrafted chocolates.
While it may sound strange, I assure you it's great fun that your friends and family will remember for years to come. I've personally explored a variety of cheeses and have selected the ideal chocolate to complement each.
Below is a quick guide to help you begin. Every cheese offers something distinct in its experience—from fresh, soft cheeses to well-aged ones, and from mild to strong in complexity. I've organized the cheeses into three groupings and suggested a couple of our fine chocolates that work in perfect harmony with their unique characteristics.
If you are hosting a pairing, consider presenting them simply on slate with fresh fruit, or combining them into a grilled cheese and chocolate panini. If you are giving a gift, try arranging a few in a personalized box or basket for a one-of-a-kind gift.
— Recommended Pairings —
Fresh or Unripened Cheeses
Fresh Ricotta or Chèvre
Mold Ripened Cheeses
Brie, Camembert, Saint-André or Goat Cheese with Ash
Wash Rind Cheeses
Talleggio or Époisses
- Aged Cheddar + Glacéed Oranges au Chocolat or Apple Ghost Chili Salt Caramel
- Parmesan + 75% Dark Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Bar
- Aged Gouda + Salted Cinnamon & Marcona Almond Fresh Cream Truffle
- Gruyère + Mocha Hazelnut Fresh Cream Truffle