I’ve been super busy working, which means my meals are almost always out or on-the-go. As a result, my fridge and pantry are a little sad and empty these days. Case in point: I had cereal for dinner last week. Twice.
Lucky for me, Ghirardelli® asked if I was interested in experimenting with some new chocolate pairings, to which, of course, I said yes, ( I mean, how do you say “no” to chocolate?!), and the shipment of chocolate bars arrived this week!
Don’t worry. I didn’t just inhale the chocolate for dinner (though I did think about it), but I was inspired to finally make my way to the store to find some treats to go with my new assortment of chocolate!
I love mixing and matching flavors. It’s pretty amazing how you can enhance the taste of a food simply by pairing it with something else.
Here are some combinations that I tried out this weekend:
Herbal Tea & Cherry Tango™
I love my chocolate desserts, but sometimes I want something a little fruity after dinner too. Cherry Tango™ satisfies both those cravings. Pair it with a cup of hot tea – maybe chamomile or peppermint – and you have a warm and cozy combination that will help you relax and wind down after a long day. It feels satisfying and indulgent without going overboard.
Maple Bacon & Midnight Reverie®
It’s common knowledge that bacon makes everything better, and this mix of sweet and salty is a match made in heaven. The richness of the 86% cacao in Midnight Reverie® brings out the salty goodness of the bacon in such a satisfying way. I’m tempted to eat this every day for breakfast. If you feel like something a little sweeter, try pairing the bacon (or any breakfast meat really) with a square of Evening Dream®, which is lighter at 60% cacao.
Sriracha Cashews & Mango Sunset™
I’m lucky enough to live in Southern California where it’s basically 70-something degrees year round, but the tropical taste of Mango Sunset™ even had me pining for summer again. Since this flavor is on the sweeter side, I spiced it up with some sriracha cashews so the heat could balance out the sugar. Take a few bites of this combination, close your eyes, and even if there’s a blizzard outside, part of you will feel like you’re on vacation again.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of combinations to try. Spruce up movie night by adding a side of Evening Dream® to your popcorn bowl. Elevate your after dinner espresso with a square of Sea Salt Soiree®. Pairings are such an easy way to make everyday fare a little less ordinary and a lot more fun.
What combinations would you try?
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG