Tip 1: Play with Textures
The key to a memorable chocolate board is the delightful variety of textures. Incorporate an assortment of chocolates, including milk, dark, and white. From the crunch of chocolate bark to the velvety smoothness of solid chocolate squares, add diversity to your board. Include delicate wafers and a light, creamy mousse to further enhance the sensory experience. Mixing textures will not only delight your taste buds but also create a visually appealing display.
Tip 2: Accessorize Your Board
To take your chocolate board to the next level, consider adding a range of complementary accessories. Fresh fruits, such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and pomegranate seeds, provide a refreshing and palate-cleansing contrast to the richness of chocolate. Don't hesitate to include salty elements as well, like pretzels, nuts, and sea salt chocolate bars to balance the sweetness and add an exciting twist to the flavour profile. The combination of sweet and salty will leave you craving more.
Tip 3: Match Your Chocolate with Wine
Elevate your chocolate board experience by pairing it with the perfect wine. Opt for a sweeter red wine with some residual sugar (over 10g per litre) to complement the richness of the chocolates. Here are some of our favourite wine pairings for your decadent chocolate board:
Sandbanks Baco Noir: Juicy and jammy with notes of wild cherry and plum. The finish is smooth with hints of oak.
Inniskillin Discovery Series Merlot Cabernet: A smooth, rounded red wine blend with notes of plum and vanilla.
Jackson-Triggs Reserve Shiraz Cabernet: Medium body with flavours of cedar, plum, and oak toast with vanilla on the finish.