Chocolate and Italian cheese pairings

On Valentine’s Day, it’s customary to indulge in chocolate. Put a delicious twist on the tradition by pairing your favorite chocolate with gourmet cheese. Below you’ll find matches made in heaven, with something to please every palate.

Asiago D’Allevo Vecchio → Almond honey-filled chocolate
This fruity, slightly sharp cheese goes well with the natural sweetness of honey and the rich flavor of chocolate.

Fontina Val D’Aosta → Bittersweet chocolate
Choose a mature Fontina, which is more savory, when pairing with bittersweet chocolate. A mature cheese can hold its own and won’t be overpowered by the chocolate.

Gorgonzola Dolce → Dark chocolate
This blue cheese has a relatively mild, sweet flavor with a slightly salty aftertaste. That’s why it’s the perfect complementfor dark chocolate. Remember that when choosing dark chocolate, the greater the percentage of cocoa the better. Shoot for at least 70 percent.

Fontal → Fruit-filled chocolate
This sweet, nutty, buttery asiago cheese is the perfect complement to any fruit-filled chocolate.

Mascarpone → White chocolate
Mascarpone is known for its rich, sweet, cream-like flavor. White chocolate has more of a neutral taste, especially when compared to its milk and dark chocolate counterparts. Mascarpone and white chocolate make a delicious pairing that’s not overly sweet.

Mozzarella → Maple chocolate
Fresh mozzarella has a milky taste, one that’s perfectly suited for the natural sweetness of maple-infused chocolate.

Parmigiano Reggiano → Coffee-flavored chocolate
Parmigiano Reggiano, with its rich, spicy, slightly salty flavor, goes well with the mocha taste of coffee-flavored chocolate.

Provolone Piccante → Caramel chocolate
This sharp, spicy cheese is balanced by the sweet, buttery flavor of caramel chocolate.

Ricotta Salata → Milk chocolate
Slightly nutty, sweet and milky is how Ricotta Salata is described. When paired with milk chocolate, the creamy flavors beautifully complement one another.

Asiago Fresco → Chocolate truffles
Asiago Fresco is distinguished by a sweet, creamy, mild flavor profile that corresponds to the ganache center of a chocolate truffle.

As you can see, cheese and chocolate go together like… you and your significant other!

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