Cheese and wine. Cheese and beer. These popular pairings are so common, we’ve even created an app for them. But this Valentine’s Day, why not try the new perfect pair: cheese and chocolate?
These pairing ideas are easy to prepare, yet special enough for a Valentine’s Day dinner for two, ladies’ night or couple’s soirée:
- Wisconsin Mascarpone and Nutella® with Chocolate Brownies – Serve sweet and creamy Wisconsin Mascarpone alongside your favorite chocolate wafer cookies or step the combo up by layering it with chocolate brownies and Nutella®. A chocolate-covered coffee bean makes a fun garnish.
- Wisconsin Aged Gouda with Dark Chocolate English Toffee – Rich, buttery and slightly sweet, Aged Gouda contrasts perfectly with the slight bitterness of dark chocolate. When that chocolate enrobes crunchy toffee, the flavors and textures combine for a simple-to-serve, yet decidedly upscale combination.
- Wisconsin Alpine-Style Cheese with Milk Chocolate and Rosemary Cashews –Alpine-style cheeses, such as Gruyere, are known for their nutty flavor punctuated by a notably grassy finish. Rosemary cashews emphasize these flavors while sweet milk chocolate brings everything into balance.
- Wisconsin Mixed-Milk Cheese with White Chocolate and Cranberry Chutney – Try a Mixed-Milk Cheese that combines sheep, goat and cow milk for an intense earthy flavor and somewhat dry texture. Sweet white chocolate and colorful cranberry chutney counter the cheese for a creative snack or dessert.
Want more cheese and chocolate? Download the free Wisconsin Cheese & Chocolate Pairing Guide for tasting tips and additional pairing ideas.