…and if that isn’t a sign, I don’t know what is.
I was lucky enough to visit the Ghirardelli Manufactory when I was in San Francisco over New Years (a few of you guys specifically recommended the stop – thanks for that!). Let me tell you, if you have never eaten a hot fudge sundae at 9am, outside, in a park, overlooking the waterfront, surrounded by hippies and a dirty old man playing “Moon River” on a cigar box banjo, well, my friend, you need to get on that. It is the second best way to eat chocolate.
What is the #1, ultimate, bestest, most fantastical way to eat chocolate?
For me, the hallmark of good chocolate is that moment you can taste the sweet and the bitter at the same time. Milk, dark, whatever. Doesn’t matter. If it’s good chocolate your palate will seek out two (or more) distinct notes at different ends of the sweetness spectrum. For that reason (and more) chocolate is the ultimate food for pairing purposes. Dark chocolate in particular.We all know people who get deeply invested in the concept of pairing wines with various foods, right? Chocolate is no different. Adding small amounts of chocolate can add an unexpected depth of flavor to any meal.
My favorite combo: extra dark chocolate and avocado.
If I’m feeling lazy, I’ll just slice and salt the avocado, then use pieces of extra dark chocolate to scoop it out sorta like chips and dip. Because I’m classy like that. This is an equally slothful and decadent way to kill an evening. Don’t even ask me how it tastes because the reply will come back in pitch frequencies only rodents can hear. You’ll just have to trust me: it’s good.
If I’m feeling a little more invested in making a “meal” of it, I’ll scoop the avocado out onto buttered bread, add chocolate, then cook in a frying pan on low heat for a few minutes. It’s like a grilled cheese with no cheese (unless you want cheese too, which is pretty rad).
Look at her. Bet you can’t wait to flop a lip over that one.
And, between us, if you really want to go overboard, it also goes good with havarti cheese. And bacon. Add some sprouts for garnish because we all need to eat our vegetables. Or just skip that part. You have other things to do.
In my not-so-humble opinion, this is *the* ultimate way to each dark chocolate. Make one just perfectly decadent sandwich for yourself, or make a batch then slice into tiny pieces to serve as appetizers at a party. Ghirardelli goes great with all kinds of drinks (click here for specific pairing suggestions). Who is going to look so impressive? Oh yeah, that’s you!
Do you have a favorite way to pair dark chocolate? Let’s talk about it. Better yet, take a picture of it and share on Instagram (#IntenseDark).