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SUGGESTIONS

Coffee, wine, cheese, beer and chocolate pairings can heighten your flavor experience! We’ve created an easy chocolate food pairing and beverage pairing guide for you to explore.


Chocolate Charcuterie Serving & Pairing Suggestions

A cheese board, fruits, and nuts make fine chocolate pairings.

sliceable chocolate saucisson-style charcuterie

We suggest serving our rich, textured sliceable chocolate charcuterie with french bread or toasts, pizzelles, fresh and dried fruits, shortbread cookies, salty crackers, sweet & crisp olive oil tortas, fresh unsweetened whipped cream, artisan cheeses & sliced cured meats, or whatever your heart desires. Here are some pairing and serving suggestions we especially like:

chocolate salami

  • cheeses: blue cheeses, washed rind cheeses, aged and smoked cheddars
    Bayley Hazen Blue,  Von Trapp Oma, Grafton Village Cheese smoked maple cheddar
  • fruits & nuts: dried and fresh figs, fresh & dried apples & pears, roasted almonds and hazelnuts
  • spirits: madeira, marsala wine, sherry, port, porter, crabapple hard ciders, sour Belgian ales
    Whetstone Ciderworks Hewes Virginia Crab, Honest Weight Artisan Beer‘s Sunk Pond, Hermit Thrush Brewery‘s Scott Farm Centennial

chocolate mortadella

  • cheeses: soft goat cheeses, young soft cheese like a fromage blanc, greek style yogurt spiced with honey and orange water, or with cinnamon and black pepper
    Vermont Creamery chèvre, semi-aged Crottina from Blue Ledge Farm, Spoonwood Cabin Creamery fromage blanc
  • fruits & nuts: citrus or apricot preserves, spiced stone fruit jams, dates, pistachios and almonds
    Sidehill Farm apricot orange marmalade and spiced peach jams, Blake Hill Preserves Moroccan plum and fennel chutney
  • spirits: African chenin blancs, red zinfandel or syrah, Vermont meads, rich pear ciders, saisons
    Putney Mountain Winery‘s Simply Ginger liqueur, Whetstone Ciderworks Perry, Honest Weight Artisan Beer‘s Grisette

spreadable, smooth chocolate pâté-style charcuterie

Our pâté chocolats are sliceable when served cool, or spreadable when they reach room temperature. Spread on toasts, thinly sliced baguette, water crackers, cookies, or other biscuits.

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Place a thick slice on warm toasted bread, pancakes, french toast and waffles for a divine, melty treat!

To serve as individual desserts, float a couple of thick slices on a pool of berry coulis, a sweetened red wine reduction or créme anglaise, and serve with fresh fruits and unsweetened freshly whipped cream. See our recipe for a fresh berry-port reduction here, and our recipe for grilled chocolate pâté toasts here


Mont Vert Pâté Chocolat

  • cheeses: soft goat cheeses, fresh whipped cream, heavy cream whipped with honey
    Vermont Creamery chévre, Butterworks Farmheavy cream whipped
  • fruits: summer berries like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and red cherries, cranberry preserves
  • spirits: port, sherry, sparkling wines like champagne, cava, prosecco, fruit wines, fruity rosés, lambrusco, lambics, sour belgian beers
    Whetstone Ciderworks Methode Champenoise, Hermit Thrush Brewery‘s Rowdy Monk, Boyden Valley Winery Vermont Ice Red, Putney Mountain Winery‘s Cassis & fruit wines
  • pro tip: make a delicious VT Royale with your choice of sparkling wine & a splash of Putney Winery’s Cassis or a Grande Hibiscus Royale with sparkling wine & Runamok Maple‘s Hibiscus Infused Maple Syrup.

Sapling Pâté Chocolat

  • cheeses: créme fraîche, fresh whipped cream, heavy cream whipped with a splash of maple bourbon
    Vermont Creamery créme fraîche, Butterworks Farm heavy cream whipped
  • fruits & nuts: dried apricots, figs, plums, marrons glacées and roasted nuts, pears, cherries
  • spirits: bourbon, stouts, porters, pommeau, coffee liqueur
    Putney Mountain Winery‘s Pommeau, Honest Weight Artisan Beer‘s Tom Swamp Road, Saxtons River Distillery‘s Sapling Maple Bourbon

Bourbon Barrel Blanc Pâté Chocolat

  • cheeses: fromage blanc, fresh whipped cream, heavy cream whipped with a splash of bourbon & maple syrup
    Spoonwood Cabin Creamery fromage blanc, Butterworks Farm heavy cream whipped
  • fruits & nuts: dried & fresh cherries, plums, red & green grapes
  • spirits: port, sherry, madeira, chianti/sangiovese, ice wines & ciders, riesling, sparkling wines, wheat beer
    Fiddlehead Brewing Witbier & Hef-You, Eden Specialty Ciders ice ciders, La Garagista Bouleverser Cidre Mousseux & Cybele Champagne-method sparkling white

Bleu Hour Terrine Chocolat

  • cheeses: blue cheese, gorgonzola, roquefort, danablu, cabrales, blue stilton
    Jasper Hill Farm Bayley Hazen Blue
  • fruits & nuts: crisp, tart apples, figs, pecans
  • spirits: port, sherry, sauternes, Pouilly-Fuissé, sweet & off-dry rieslings, hard apple ciders, Imperial Stout, Chocolate Stout, American IPAs
    Whetstone Ciderworks Queen, Barnyard Blend

Chocolate Bar Pairings

chocolate bar and wine pairing suggestions

Chocolate Bar Serving Suggestions

  • Try our chocolate bars on a s’more with a housemade flavored marshmallow for a delicious gourmet spin on a classic.
  • Break up a bar and serve on top of your favorite ice cream. Explore different flavor combinations!
  • Melt a bar on a baguette and sprinkle with a pinch of coarse sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Heavenly.
  • chop up a bar and substitute for chocolate chips in your favorite cookie recipe for a flavorful twist.
  • serve a variety of bars with different nuts, fruits and cheeses. Check out our drink pairing suggestions below!

Chocolate Bar and Wine & Spirits pairing

Wines, in general:

  • Dark chocolates pair wildly well with port, madeira, sherry, cassis, fruit wines, and sparkling wines like champagne, cava and prosecco, as well as full-bodied red wines
  • White chocolate is splendid with ice wine, hard apple ciders and sparkling rosés
  • Milk chocolate is heavenly with moscato/muscat, riesling and crisp sparkling wines

Try these pairings:


Pairings of chocolate and Grafton Village Cheese.

Our chocolate bars pair deliciously with Grafton Village Cheese Company‘s artisan cheddar, just add craft beer or wine. Try these combinations:

Rouge raspberry, pink peppercorn, hibiscus & dark chocolate bar

  • Cheese: Smoked Chili Cheddar
  • Beer: fruit lambic, pilsner, belgian style
  • Wine: sparkling rosé, port, fruity cabernet

Nibby Milk dark milk chocolate, cacao nibs, black lava salt

  • Cheese: Truffle Cheddar
  • Beer: brown ale, saison, oatmeal stout

Roasters dark chocolate, locally roasted coffee bean, hazelnut & sea salt bar

  • Cheese: Maple Smoked Cheddar
  • Beer: stout or porter
  • Beverages: coffee & espresso drinks, coffee liqueur

Blue Lemon dark chocolate, dried blueberry & house-candied lemon bar

  • Cheese: 2 Year Aged Cheddar
  • Beer: IPA, Sour beer, hard cider
  • Wine: port, madeira, sherry

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