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Tête de moine au chocolat

Melanie Wong Oct 14, 2012 10:02 PM

This afternoon a girlfriend with a home in Switzerland introduced me to tête de moine au chocolat that she carried back. Now I'm looking to buy this on my own stateside.

Where can I find it?

Here's the video I made of my first exposure to tête de moine au chocolat

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  1. sunshine842 RE: Melanie Wong Oct 14, 2012 10:30 PM

    interesting - that's not a pairing I would have ever thought about!

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    1. re: sunshine842
      Melanie Wong RE: sunshine842 Oct 14, 2012 10:47 PM

      Not a pairing. This is a piece of chocolate that one scrapes on the same style of Girolle used for the cheese.

      1. re: Melanie Wong
        sunshine842 RE: Melanie Wong Oct 14, 2012 10:51 PM

        I saw -- I still wouldn't think about putting Tête du Moine with chocolate. (cheese + chocolate = pairing, whether it's two separate pieces eaten together, or combined in a single mold)

        1. re: sunshine842
          ipsedixit RE: sunshine842 Oct 14, 2012 10:56 PM

          What about chocolate cheesecakes?

          1. re: ipsedixit
            sunshine842 RE: ipsedixit Oct 14, 2012 11:25 PM

            cream cheese doesn't have the same flavor as Tête de Moine -- by a long shot!

            I like TdM immensely -- but it's on the sharp and a bit pungent side.

          2. re: sunshine842
            Melanie Wong RE: sunshine842 Oct 14, 2012 11:07 PM

            OK. I just want to make clear that there's no cheese involved in this. Just chocolate that is served in the same way as Tete de Moine cheese.

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              sunshine842 RE: Melanie Wong Oct 14, 2012 11:24 PM

              AHH. Okay -- I saw the pale yellow color and thought it was cheese, not white chocolate (because TdM is that same creamy yellowy-beige color)

      2. paulj RE: Melanie Wong Oct 14, 2012 11:17 PM

        based on products like this
        A cheese shaver plus a chocolate ring mold

        I suspect the 'cheese' in the video is just a molded mixture of white and dark chocolate. While tête de moine (monk's head) is a Swiss cheese that is typically shaved with this machine, the chocolate version is not a cheese and chocolate mixture.

        This looks like a French source for the chocolate blocks


        An LA cheese shop that seems to know something about this, though I'm not sure they carry the chocolate wheels

        Gysi chocolate world, in Bern, may be the (sole?) maker of the swirled chocolate version.

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        1. re: paulj
          Melanie Wong RE: paulj Oct 14, 2012 11:26 PM

          You're better at searching than I am. Maybe I can just make my own chocolate plugs with that mold, but I'd still like to find a source for the chocolate formed and ready to go.

          And, correct. White and dark chocolate, no cheese. I'm very familiar with monk's head cheese.

        2. Melanie Wong RE: Melanie Wong Oct 25, 2012 12:53 PM

          No other leads for finding this in the US?

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