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VALENTINE’S DAY: Chocolate & Cheese Plate Pairings

We often enjoy a cheese plate for dessert, and sometimes add a piece of dark chocolate to it.

Castello Cheese has taken the idea further, creating an entire dessert platter.

They’ve chosen three of their cheeses—Castello Creamy Havarti, Blue Crumbles, and Double Crème White.

We’re modifying that a bit with our own choices: brie or camembert (the difference), goat cheese log, gorgonzola dolce (a creamier version of the blue cheese).

And while you might not think it works, try some cheddar with your chocolate as well.

You may not need everything on this list, but it sure is fun to have the choice!

  • 3 different chocolate-friendly cheeses
  • 2 bars dark chocolate
  • 1 package chocolate truffles
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup dried figs
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 package honeycomb
  • 1 jar apricot jam
  • 1 jar raspberry jam
  • 1 package pizzelles
  • 1 package shortbread cookies

    Chocolate & Cheese Plate
    [1] Who needs chocolate cake? Have chocolate and cheese tray for dessert (both photos courtesy Castello Cheese).
    Chocolate & Cheese
    [1] Strawberries with chocolate truffles, pizzelles and shortbread cookies. And a fruity red wine!


    Here’s some advice from our friends at Lake Champlain Chocolates and Vermont Creamery:

    Rich, bold, robust, nutty, creamy: Chocolate and cheese share many of the same descriptions, and are an unexpectedly flavorful pairing.

  • In general, light cheeses complement light flavors, while heavy cheeses balance more vibrant flavors.
  • Soft ripened goat, sheep or cow’s milk cheeses tend to be more pungent, acidic and aggressive and pair well with dark chocolate and milk chocolate.
  • Aged cheese is nutty, less acidic and with a crunchy texture that pairs well with chocolates with fillings and inclusions such as almonds, honey and maple.
  • Blue cheese, with its sharp, pungent aromas and flavors, enhances the undertones of a strong dark chocolate.
  • Truffles and caramels, with such prominent dairy and butter notes, are an easy choice to combine with a variety of cheese.
    One of our favorites: Mexican spiced chocolate with aged goat cheese.

    What about white chocolate?

    White chocolate is so milky, that it does best to pair it with something strong: blue, cheddar or gouda, for example.

    We’ve spent years putting together the perfect wine and chocolate pairings.

    There’s more than you’ll have time to try in one evening.

    Overwhelmed by the choices? Just pick up a fruity red wine: Beaujolais, Carmenere, Dolcetto, Garnacha/Grenache, Lambrusco, Malbec, Sangiovese, Syrah.

    If you’re up for a taste test, pick up several!

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