Chocolate's Best Tinder Matches
Chocolate gets all the love on Valentine’s Day, but it’s even better as part of a couple — when it’s the right match. Here are our top picks for chocolate’s most-compatible food partners. (If we were you, chocolate, we’d swipe right for all of them.)
These two rich and creamy delicacies were truly meant for each other. When enrobed in milk chocolate, Food Network Kitchen’s peanut butter cookie dough (eggless and safe to eat raw!) takes on a whole new dimension. Ina Garten’s chocolate cupcakes are a perfect vehicle for fluffy peanut butter frosting, and Ree Drummond’s Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie (pictured above) with a crunchy Oreo crust makes the case that these two should never, ever break up.
When chocolate is ready for something more serious, maybe it’s time to move on from peanut butter to hazelnuts. The sweet, nutty pairing is a little more sophisticated, but it's just as irresistible (have you met Nutella?). It’s a classic Italian duo, and Giada De Laurentiis is a big fan — try it in her Chocolate-Hazelnut Tart or Chocolate-Hazelnut Drop Cookies.
A little mint goes a long way to brighten up chocolate’s dark, moody notes. Use the fresh herb as a garnish, spike boxed chocolate cake mix with peppermint extract or fold Andes mints into decadent brownie bites to witness the genius of this couple.
Mocha is an effective gateway drug for coffee novices, since the sweetness of chocolate balances out espresso’s bitterness. On the flip side, coffee highlights the sophisticated side of chocolate. There’s a lot of depth to this pairing; you’ll taste it in Ina’s Mocha Icebox Cake or Ree’s Mocha Brownies.
Chocolate-covered strawberries state the obvious; they are the quintessential emblem of Valentine’s Day for a reason. But why not up the ante this year with a Chocolate-Strawberry Waffle Ball on a Stick or Chocolate-Strawberry Shortcakes?
Some have a strong preference for one over the other, but chocolate and vanilla are really better together (cue the Jack Johnson tune). Marble cake exemplifies the perfect compatibility of this couple, as does the classic soft-serve swirl.
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