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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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOIXa_...

  1. sunshine842 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 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 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 Oct 14, 2012 10:56 PM

          What about chocolate cheesecakes?

          1. re: ipsedixit
            sunshine842 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 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 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 Oct 14, 2012 11:17 PM

        based on products like this
        http://www.amazon.com/Swissmar-Girouette-Cheese-Chocolate-S3300/dp/B000J1HS64/
        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
        http://www.materiel-fromage.com/accueil-chocolat-pour-racloir-boska-girolle-a-chocolat.htm

        http://www.chicuniq.ch/en/swiss-gifts/chocolate.html?page=shop.product_details&category_id=8&flypage=chicuniq.tpl&product_id=154

        An LA cheese shop that seems to know something about this, though I'm not sure they carry the chocolate wheels
        http://www.cheesestorebh.com/Store/Pr...

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

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        1. re: paulj
          Melanie Wong 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.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/17966#55103
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3099...

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

          No other leads for finding this in the US?

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