These bold, colourful new flavours creations starring chocolate are guaranteed to light up social media feeds with their surprisingly complementary combinations. Chocolate is proving more versatile than ever thanks to its ability to be paired with sweet, savoury or even tangy flavours, and we have a feeling we’re going to be seeing a lot more unusual chocolate pairing matchups – from creamy white chocolate with a spicy twist to dark chocolate paired with an unexpected protein.
In the meantime, we have inventive new flavour pairings on Great Chocolate Showdown to look forward to. To celebrate, here are ten of the most unexpected (yet utterly delicious) chocolate pairings you’ll want to try now.
Pairing: Ruby Cocoa and Almonds
These pretty pink confections have won over our hearts and our taste buds. They’re made with a smooth almond purée and sustainable ruby cocoa centre and have a ruby cocoa shell. Ruby cocoa is like this by nature, with no added fruit flavours or colours. It’s all done through a special shortened fermentation process that enhances ruby’s signature colour and the tropical fruit notes in the cocoa.
Pairing: Sweet Potatoes and Chocolate
We’ve heard of chocolate covered pretzels. We’ve eaten chocolate-covered chips. But chocolate and sweet potatoes? Who knew? It turns out that the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes make them a perfect pairing for chocolate, and when combined in things like cake or loaves it gives us that rich and indulgent plate of comfort we’re always craving.
Pairing: Matcha and Milk Chocolate
Matcha, the strong form of green tea that’s made from stoneground leaves that are shade-grown before harvesting, is also one of our latest obsessions when it comes to chocolate pairings. These particular flavour bombs are the ultimate blend of chocolate (with a white chocolate centre and milk chocolate shell) and the unmistakable umami (savoury) taste of green tea. Each shell is also hand-speckled with a spirulina-based naturally coloured cocoa butter.
Pairing: Bacon and Chocolate
Does bacon really go with everything? Well, we don’t know about that. What we do know is that the salty pork does pair extremely well with chocolate, in a surprising and almost revelatory way. It’s like the sweetness of the chocolate holds hands with the saltiness of the meat and then ignites into fireworks on your tongue. Man, we’re salivating just thinking about it.
Don’t waste any more time dreaming about this salty-sweet combination.
Pairing: Ginger and Chocolate
Ginger and chocolate might not be the newest flavour on the market, but with all of ginger’s health benefits and the conscious food movement afoot it’s definitely making a comeback. A little ginger goes a long way thanks to its strong flavour, but when you candy ginger and pair it with chocolate it’s like little flavour bombs of sweet, candied perfection.