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Chocolate and liqueur pairing suggestions needed

tlc2014 Jan 1, 2014 07:54 AM

A friend recently visited Europe and brought back some fine chocolate. She is hosting a chocolate tasting in a few days and has asked me to bring a nice liqueur. Any suggestions?

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    treb Jan 1, 2014 08:14 AM

    Easy, chocolate and a good tawny port, perfect combo.

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    1. re: treb
      chefj Jan 1, 2014 12:55 PM

      Though not a Liqueur

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      wonderwoman Jan 1, 2014 11:58 AM

      this chocolate bourbon is more like a fine cognac. not enough time to make for your tasting, so file away for the next time.

      keep in mind: when you first strain it, it will smell and taste harsh and a little bitter, but don't despair, after a week (2's better), it will mellow and deepen.

      place one fifth of serviceable bourbon, 4 ounces cocoa nibs, 1 split vanilla bean in a quart glass jar. cover and store in a cool, dry place for 3 weeks, shaking every once in a while (if you remember:). strain and return to the glass jar for at 1-2 weeks. you'll be able to smell the difference as it mellows.

      the cocoa nibs retain a fair amount of flavor, so let them dry and add to chocolate chips cookies or other goodies. same with the vanilla bean

      1. chefj Jan 1, 2014 01:03 PM

        This is a strange request. Drinking a Liqueur while tasting is going to really alter the flavor of the Chocolate and dull the Palate to it's subtleties.
        Perhaps this is just a get together to eat Chocolate and have a drink. If so many things will work, A good Brandy or Cognac, Grand Marnier, Any number of Schnäpse or Eaux-de-Vie.

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          tlc2014 Jan 1, 2014 04:19 PM

          I live near the Finger Lakes and a number of the wineries pair their wines with some cheeses or chocolate during tastings. The idea is that a good pairing can bring out or enhance flavors in the wine. Same idea for the chocolate tasting - I'm looking for a good pairing that will enhance the flavors in the chocolates, not dull them on the palate.

          1. re: tlc2014
            chefj Jan 1, 2014 04:40 PM

            We are not talking about Wine. Liqueurs are often high in Alcohol or/and very sweet. They will easily over power the Chocolates.
            Not that they are unpleasant to have together,just that if you are trying to pick up on subtleties in the Chocolate that will be lost.

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              tlc2014 Jan 1, 2014 04:46 PM

              Ok, thanks for the clarification.

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          rainey Jan 1, 2014 01:16 PM


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          1. re: rainey
            ipsedixit Jan 2, 2014 08:04 PM

            This, or Frangelico.

            There really are no other uses for these things other than to wash them down with good dark, bitter chocolate.

          2. sunshine842 Jan 1, 2014 04:22 PM

            I agree that any flavored liqueur could alter the flavor of the chocolate -- so beware...

            but having said that, Gran Marnier Centenaire or Cointreau are my gotos.

            Tawny port as above (even though it's not a liqueur) or Drambuie are nice, too.

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              Pwmfan Jan 2, 2014 07:12 AM


              1. Green_Shartreuse Jan 2, 2014 08:13 AM

                Ice water. Otherwise the point of the tasting is defeated.

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                  tlc2014 Jan 2, 2014 02:55 PM

                  Ok, definitely two schools of thought on this question. I guess I'll take some bottled water and a liqueur and let the tasters choose for themselves.

                  Thanks everybody!

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                  1. re: tlc2014
                    rainey Jan 2, 2014 05:16 PM

                    Good approach! But if the host/hostess specifically asks you to bring a liqueur what are you going to do?

                    1. re: rainey
                      chefj Jan 2, 2014 05:47 PM

                      OP said "and a liqueur"

                    2. re: tlc2014
                      Ttrockwood Jan 2, 2014 07:58 PM

                      A sparkling water could make it feel more "occasion worthy", and i've always appreciated the glass of sparkling water given at high end coffee shops as a palette cleanser.

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