10 Best Chocolates With Wine
It’s often said that pairing wine with chocolate is a sure way to ruin your next dinner party. But despite that belief still being held in many places today, it is simply not true. What is true is that it can be difficult to pair wine with chocolate successfully if you’re not sure about either category. Luckily, we’re here to help with our list of the best chocolates with wine. While the tastes and textures of both the chocolates and the wines are certainly important, our goal is to bring you a variety of chocolates that pair well with certain wines. If you already know what types of chocolate you like but are more interested in the wine pairing, consider taking a look at our review of best wines with chocolate.
10. Lindt Lindor Stracciatella White Chocolate Truffles
We’ll start things off with an easy one—truffles made of white chocolate. Truffles do wonders to match the atmosphere of any party where wine is involved. In addition, since white chocolate only contains cocoa fat rather than cocoa, it won’t fight with the wine for space on your palate, making it a relatively easy pairing.
These truffles from Lindt will give you smooth, bite-sized pieces of white chocolate, each with a creamy center and a very rich texture. White chocolate is a somewhat more versatile pairing than other types but we recommend a nice rose port or muscat for best results.
9. Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffles
Truffles like these, again from Lindt, are a more important choice in terms of milk chocolate than they are in terms of white. That’s because the filling inside most milk chocolate truffles isn’t just cocoa but also partially creme. This creaminess tends to add a bit of fat content to the chocolate, thus making it easier to pair it with a variety of wines. Milk chocolate tends to pair best with a creamy sherry, a Montilla-Morales or a vintage Port wine that has been well-aged.
8. Endangered Species Panther Dark Chocolate
We need to take a moment to address the dark chocolate panther in the room. It is true that the darker the chocolate, the tougher it can be to pair with good wine. However, never let anyone tell you it is impossible. If your goal is to serve dark chocolate with wine at your next function, you just need to be careful about which wine you select. You can pair this gourmet dark chocolate with lighter, fruity wines like a White Zinfandel. This is because dark chocolate can’t share palate space with heavier red wines that can also be bitter.
7. Godiva Chocolatier Flight Chocolate Truffle
To complete the rest of the list we’ll provide you with some nice chocolates in various sub-categories and a few wines that pair best with them. If you want to have truffles with something extra like nuts, we recommend a Madeira wine or a nice Tawny port.
This set of truffles from Godiva will give you a wide variety of crunchy tastes including pecans and walnuts, among others. Most consumers appreciate the wide variety of nuts as well as the rich flavors of the high-quality chocolate.
6. Andes Mint Chocolate Candy
It’s even possible to pair wine successfully with mintier chocolate, as long as you keep in mind the type of base chocolate you’re using (such as milk or dark for example.) We’ve chosen some mint thins from Andes because they’ve been wildly popular for a number of years and feature a refreshing mint flavor combined with a tried-and-true smooth and creamy milk chocolate. A nice Cabernet Sauvignon or any sweet dessert wine from among the reds will go nicely with these chocolates.
5. Ghirardelli Chocolate Milk Chocolate & Caramel Squares
These squares from Ghirardelli can quickly become the favorite snack of your guests at your next gathering. They’re relatively large, thin squares that can be laid out individually for guests to snack on as they sip their wine. The milk chocolate is both rich and intense, and the caramel has a smooth and buttery quality that lingers on the tongue. These qualities make it a perfect companion to various wines. For something with caramel, we recommend a sweet sparkling wine, a muscat or perhaps a Tawny port.
4. Lindt Sea Salt with Dark Chocolate Excellence Bar
With this bar, you’ll get all the bold and intense flavors you’d expect from a dark chocolate, but here you have the addition of some sea salt as well. The salt works as a flavor enhancer in this case and turns up the intensity. All of this and the inclusion of dark chocolate means that if a sea salt chocolate like this one is your choice, go with a fruity wine or a creamy sherry.
3. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Milk Chocolate
Might a peanut butter cup look a little strange at first? Maybe so, but no one is going to care because everyone enjoys the combination of smooth peanut butter and nice milk chocolate in a peanut butter cup. But we’re not only recommending them because they are delicious. These peanut butter cups also go well with some wines such as Banyuls from France. It’s already a classic pairing and the typically spicy flavors will complement the peanut butter cups well.
2. Brix Extra Dark Chocolate for Wine
The Brix Extra Dark Chocolate is especially crafted to pair with wine. It goes especially well with deep red wines, such as Cabernet or Bordeaux red wines. You can also pair this dark chocolate with lighter red wines as well. The deep bitter sweet taste of the cocoa used in making the Brix Extra Dark chocolate is delicious all on its own as well. But pairing with a sweet, flavorful wine really brings out the best in both wine and chocolate.
1. Meiji Milk Chocolate
We like this chocolate from Japan because consumers love the rich and smooth taste of the chocolate as well as the affordability. As well, the product is very nicely presented and can be laid out attractively at your next party, perfect for pairing with a nice wine, preferably one on the sweeter side.
As you can see, pairing some good chocolate with fine at your next party is by no means an impossibility. It just takes a little of time and consideration. Luckily, we’ve taken care of that for you. All you have to do is decide what kind of chocolates you’d like to serve and take a look at some of the wines we recommend for your choice. Some pairings are easier than others but you’ll be able to pick a winner every time with our list of best chocolates with wine.