The best chocolate combinations

Chocolate is our number one love, of course, but we can’t deny that it works really well with other foods, flavours, and textures, too.

Like the delectable strawberry and champagne in our Strawberry and Champagne Chocolate Truffles, and chocolate and coffee – which you can enjoy in our Chocolate Mocha Beans and Cup.

And others are cottoning on to the powerful combination powers of chocolate. In the news this month, New Zealand craft beer brand, Garage Project, is making a limited edition chocolate beer in Australia. And it got us thinking about our favourite things to eat with our chocolate for twice the indulgence. Here are some tips for you to try at home.

Fruit

If you’re in the mood for something fruity, try teaming dark chocolate with berries, such as ripe strawberries dipped in melted dark chocolate. Sweeter fruits work best with bitter dark chocolate, so you can also try pairing it with pear, mango or banana.

White chocolate, in contrast, is already very sweet, so go for a fruit with a milder flavour or more acidity, such as tart berries, citrus, melons or passion fruit, for a real chocolatey kick.

Nuts

Peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans all have a very strong flavour, so try pairing them a darker chocolate with a higher cocoa content. For milk chocolate, try walnuts, as they’re milder, and macadamias are the best to go with white chocolate because they’re mild and they compliment white chocolate’s richness.

Cheese

It might sound like an odd combination if you've never tried it. But once you try cheese and chocolate together, you’ll never go back. Milk chocolate is best paired with lighter, creamier cheese such as Gruyère, where a blue cheese or goats cheese goes great with a darker chocolate.