Whether it's girls night out, an afternoon brunch with friends or just because, any time is the perfect time for entertaining with chocolate pairings.
Below we've shared expert food & beverage pairings for our Intense Dark rich chocolate flavors as well as signature SQUARES.
Notes of Ripe Red Fruit
Dark chocolate with robust cacao flavor and notes of ripe red fruit.
Full-bodied red wines (Zinfandel - ideally late harvest)
Vin Santo (Italian dessert wine)
Dried fruit (mango)
Salty snacks (pretzels)
Hints of Mocha, Blackberry, & Dark Cherry
Dark chocolate with hints of mocha, blackberry and dark cherry.
Fruit-forward red wines
Light roast coffee
Spanish Manchego or Dry Jack cheese
Dried fruits (figs, raisins, cherries)
Hints of Dark Cherries and Dried Plums
Dark chocolate with full-bodied flavor and hints of dark cherries and dried plums.
Vintage ruby Port
Dry red wines (Syrah)
Sauternes (French dessert wine)
Fig spread on a slice of toasted baguette
Roasted and salted macadamia nuts
Fruit jellies (pate de fruits)
Sea Salt Almond
Roasted Almonds and Sea Salt
Dark chocolate with roasted almonds and sea salt for an irresistible combination of salty and sweet.
Añejo tequila (aged tequila)
Porter or stout beers
Candied orange peel
Stilton, Irish cheddar or aged Gruyere cheese
Dried, sweetened black cherries
BBQ potato chips
Roasted With Crunchy Roasted Hazelnuts
Dark chocolate with the texture of crunchy roasted hazelnuts.
Coffee or coffee-flavored liqueurs
Red wines – full-flavored, soft tannins (Barbera)
Nut-flavored liqueurs (Frangelico)
Dried, sweetened ginger pieces
Blend of Cherry Bits & Roasted Almonds
Dark chocolate with a blend of tangy cherry bits and crunchy roasted almonds.
Semi-sec rose Cava (sparkling wine)
Assorted cheese platter (including Manchego cheese)
Salty, crunchy, fried corn
Blend of Crunchy Toffee & Roasted Almonds
Dark chocolate with a blend of crunchy toffee and roasted almonds.
Riesling (ideally late harvest)
Drambuie (malt whiskey)
Dark roast coffee
Salt & vinegar chips
Ghirardelli SQUARES Pairings
Chocolate is such a natural culinary partner to tea & coffee that it's hard to find a combination you don't love. Put the kettle on & spend the afternoon in delicious exploration!
As a rule, pick complementary flavors that enhance rather than overpower one another. Pair dark chocolate with bolder, darker roast coffees and milk chocolate and caramel with medium or light roasts. Enhance the fruity flavor notes in coffee with fruit and chocolate combinations like Cherry Almond or Dark & Raspberry.
Herbal teas are a great source for flavor complements to chocolates—pair mint with mint, fruit with fruit, spice with spice, etc. Delicate floral teas like chamomile or jasmine pair best with white and milk chocolates and caramel chocolate flavors. Here are some of our recommended pairings with our signature Ghirardelli SQUARES:
Milk & Caramel
Creamy milk chocolate is a natural with the roasted, toasty flavors of oolong or hojicha teas. For a coffee pairing, try it with light or medium roasts that include notes of cardamom, clove and vanilla.
Dark & Mint
A black tea and mint blend holds its own with dark chocolate and mint, and the flavors of mint and rum in dark roasts pair nicely with this Ghirardelli SQUARE.
Dark & Raspberry
Select an herbal tea that combines berries and black currant for bright, fruity flavors that are a perfect pairing for chocolate and raspberry. Any herbal tea blend with berries is going to give you the same complementary tasting.