Chocolate & Wine: The Perfect Couple

Posted on August 07, 2015 by Dorinda Vance | 1 Comment

A beautiful summer night calls for a beautiful combination of chocolate and wine. Watch the sunset as you take your palate on a journey through the magical world of wine and chocolate.

A Simple Rule

When in doubt, start with a wine that is as sweet as the chocolate if not a little bit sweeter than the chocolate. This will help your palate bounce back and forth between the chocolate and wine instead of experiencing a shocking jolt when transitioning from sweet chocolate to a perhaps bitter wine.

The Body of the Wine and Chocolate

 

 

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When pairing chocolate and wine, you will want to pair heavier wines with heavier chocolates, and lighter wines with lighter chocolates. This concept does not mean white chocolate goes with a white wine necessarily.

When we talk about the body or depth, we should be thinking about the fullness or density of the chocolate and the wine. Is it thick and creamy? Thick and creamy chocolate will pair with a different wine than a light chocolate. A strong chocolate will pair better with a fuller-bodied wine than a lighter wine. A white chocolate goes with a tame chardonnay before it goes with a malbec. 

Dessert Wines

If you are looking for a wine to go with a decadent chocolate dessert, put what white zinfandel away and pick up a dessert wine like a port. You won’t need as much wine in quantity, but the combination will make your taste buds sing!

At special occasions you may find yourself with a champagne flute filled with sparkling wine around dessert time. Fear not; sparkling wines can be really fun with desserts! White chocolate and champagne or moscato is a fun and light combination. This pairing is a nice alternative to the rich, dark chocolate and port pairing. Between wine and chocolate, there is something for everyone!

Better Quality = Better Pairing

It is possible that the greatest wine ever cannot make a bad chocolate good. Don’t put a 10 with a 2 -- it will just never work out! Instead, try a few different wines and chocolates of a good quality so you can really see what goes well together. This does not mean you have to break the bank to have a good night, but treat yourself because you deserve it!

Get Adventurous

Sometimes the best pairings of wine and chocolate are those least expected. Get crazy and experiment with different combinations you thought you would never like. If you come into this with an open mind, you can make a night of fun pairings with different chocolates and wines!

Wine and Dorinda’s Chocolates

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Pair Dorinda’s Chocolates with different wines at Fine Vines Cheese & Wines on Wednesday, August 19 at 6 PM. Get your tickets now!

At Dorinda’s Chocolates, we can also bring the chocolate to you for your night of experimenting with different chocolates and wines. Whether you are having a night out at Fine Vines Cheese & Wines or hosting a special night of your own, Dorinda’s Chocolates can provide the chocolates for your fun evening!

If you have a bottle of wine that is in need of a friend, stop by Dorinda’s for an assortment of handmade gourmet chocolates. We have a huge assortment of different chocolates for you to explore different tastes and pairings! Share your wine and chocolate experience with your friends. It is a fun way to get together and try new things! Happy pairing from all of us at Dorinda’s.

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Chocolate Fondue Tips & Tricks

Posted on July 06, 2015 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments

Chocolate fondue is a fun dessert for date nights and special celebrations. With great chocolatey power comes great responsibility, so here are some things you should know before you begin your chocolate fondue adventure.

Choose Your Chocolate Fondue Tools

chocolate fondue kit renoWhen preparing chocolate fondue to entertain your guests, you can decide between a chocolate fondue fountain and a chocolate fondue pot. These two options require different setup instructions and materials.

The tools needed for chocolate fondue will vary depending on how many guests you are entertaining. Make sure you have enough dipping tools for your guests so your friends and family do not have to endure the torture of waiting for chocolate. You can also decide what type of chocolate you want for your chocolate fondue. Are you a milk or dark chocolate fan?

Things to Dip in Chocolate Fondue

When you have chocolate fondue at your next special event, you can supply different dipping items that range from classic to adventurous! Classic fondue dipping items include pound cake or angel food cake.

Fresh fruit complements chocolate beautifully, so why not dip your favorite fruits in chocolate fondue? Bananas and strawberries are big fan favorites for smothering in chocolate. Guests enjoy both fresh and dried fruits because everything is delicious when covered in chocolate! Check with your guests about food allergies in case fondue dipping items with peanuts or strawberries need to be left out.

Many chocoholics appreciate the combination of sweet and salty. Great items for the sweet and salty combination include potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn. Try lots of different dipping items at your next chocolate fondue party for great conversation starters and fun memories!

How to Prepare Chocolate Fondue Dipping Items

For all of your chocolate fondue dipping items, make sure the pieces are small enough that they will not fall off of the dipping utensil. Dipping items like cake can be cubed and covered until needed to preserve the moisture. For fresh fruit dipping items, wash and pat dry the fruit so there is not much residual water. If you will not be using the fruit for awhile, add a little bit of lemon juice to the fruits so they do not oxidize and get brown!

When dipping crumbly items like cookies and bacon, focus on the technique to pick up the item. You may want to have a specialized dipping utensil for the crumbly items so they don’t fall apart in the chocolate fondue.

Dorinda’s Chocolate Fondue Kits

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Your chocolate fondue fun will be the most fun if you have gourmet chocolate! At Dorinda’s Chocolates, you can have your very own Chocolate Fondue Kit. Get a reusable ceramic fondue pot in white or black, and use our gourmet milk or dark chocolate for your dipping fun! Our Chocolate Fondue Kit also includes our delicious and homemade marshmallows.

Stop by Dorinda’s Handcrafted Chocolates today for a chocolate fondue kit or other fun chocolate-dipped treats!

 

 

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