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favourite flavour pairings and chocolate [moved from Quebec]

I'm taking a professional chocolatier course and I have to come up with 5 different signature chocolates. This is kind of a brainstorm question. I'd love to hear your opinion on your favourite flavour pairings and general comfort foods- even if you don't find these flavours to be relevant to chocolate. I'm also hoping to use and highlight local products (I live in Montreal, Canada), so any ideas about that is great too!

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  1. you are the perfect person to pass my idea on to! for the past few months I've been playing with the idea of pairing chocolate and honey but being an over the road truck driver I haven't had the time to really experiment.

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    1. re: PotatoHouse

      There's a local chocolatier that does a lavendar and honey chocolate. (Actually, if you check this site, you may get a few ideas for interesting combos.)

      http://www.johnandkiras.com/category/...

      I, however, prefer their raspberry. There's also a local restaurant that makes a dense flourless chocolate cake with a raspberry coulis that I always save room for. Chocolate and raspberry isn't cutting edge, but is a classic combo.

      1. re: PotatoHouse

        There's this chocolatier (Droga chocolates):
        http://www.drogachocolates.com/collec...

        They're from California and you can order them. They make chocolate covered caramels. They are pretty unique because usually caramel is made using corn syrup.

      2. Bacon. I'm not just saying that cause bacon is popular etc, but bacon and chocolate are really great together. Also bacon with "hot" spices like cayenne.

        It's another chocolate company, but check out Vosges Haut Chocolat. http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/ They do all kinds of interesting pairings where you can maybe get some ideas from.

        1. Vosges Chocolate in Chicago makes Mo's Bacon Bar. It is available in dark chocolate (my favorite) and milk chocolate and both are full of crisp bacon pieces. What could be bad?

          1. Does the Gibeau Orange Julep still exist? How about a nod to that, with a twist? blood orange and chocolate?

            How about salted maple caramels in dark chocolate?

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            1. re: pinehurst

              Oooh . . . Sign me up for a dozen salted maple caramels in dark chocolate.

              1. re: gaffk

                Maple is definitely one of the ingredients that I absolutely want to play with. Such a great salty sweet combination with bacon and toasted pecans. mmm...

              2. re: pinehurst

                The orange julep still does exist. That's a fun idea. Maybe I can even find a way to do a transfered image of the iconic Orange Julep building on the chocolate. Or make it spherical and orange.

              3. I like chocolate and spicy flavors together and chocolate and orange, blood orange, tangerine, those types.
                Ooh, and I'd really like chocolate and guava (though that's probably not very local to Montreal).