Big news, cheese lovers! We’re debuting a new cheese subscription box program and each delivery includes one of our delicious American artisan cheeses, a box of artisan crackers, and a rotating selection of gourmet accompaniments—including our favorite craft chocolates. Here’s everything you need to know about eating chocolate on your cheese boards.
Why Should You Put Chocolate on a Cheese Board?
Well, aside from the fact that chocolate makes just about everything better, chocolate and cheese actually have a lot in common. The cacao beans harvested to make chocolate are fermented—just like cheese!
The natural microbes present on the cacao seeds are essential to the fermentation process, just as microbes in and added to milk contribute to the cheesemaking process and shape a cheese’s final character in the aging cave. Once they’re fermented, the cocoa beans are dried, roasted, and processed into luscious bonbons and bars for us to enjoy.
How to Pair Cheese and Chocolate
We’ve been helping cheese lovers like you pair cheese and chocolate for years.
The sweetness of chocolate plays well with fresh, milky cheeses (maybe with a drizzle of truffle honey on top) and can boost fruity, nutty, or roasted notes in complex Alpine wheels. A funky, herbaceous chocolate pairs well with a medium-bodied washed rind, while deep, dark chocolate contrasts beautifully with the bold saltiness of a rich, pungent blue cheese.
How Our Cheese Subscription Works
Our new monthly cheese subscription program comes in three different sizes. Each shipment features one of our amazing American artisan wedges plus artisan crackers and a rotation of artisanal accompaniments like charcuterie, honey, pickles, and—of course—chocolate.
- The Solo Package: One cheese, one accompaniment, crackers
- The Duo Package: Two cheeses, two accompaniments, crackers
- The Trio Package: Three cheeses, three accompaniments, crackers
You can sign up here for your very own monthly cheese subscription. (They also make excellent cheese gifts!)
How We Source Chocolate for Our Subscription Box Program
We focus on sourcing from chocolate factories and chocolate shops that make their confections in small to medium batches. And while we’ll be sourcing pure, heavenly chocolate bars made from the best single-origin beans, we know there’s much more to chocolate than that. These chocolate makers are infusing and enhancing their chocolate with natural flavors that can make a nuanced cheese pairing really shine.
Our Favorite Chocolate Brands
Check out the list of chocolatiers we'll be including in our new cheese subscription box.
Milène Jardine Chocolatier
If you’ve purchased one of our tasting boxes, you know Milène Jardine—the first maker we ever worked with on pairing cheese and chocolate. Chocolatier Milène sources Valrhona chocolate from France and transforms it into artisanal chocolate bars and truffles infused with flavorful herbs and spices that are stunning when paired with a wide variety of cheeses.
Brooklyn-based Raaka Chocolate prioritizes transparency, purchasing their cacao directly from sustainable producers, paying a premium for their goods, and posting each purchase from growers on their website. Their high-quality chocolate bars are infused with flavors like chamomile and lavender or shot through with crispy, toasty shards of waffle cone.
Founder Chuck Siegel got his start making chocolate in San Francisco in 1987. His handmade chocolate bars, chocolate-covered nuts, and other chocolatey confections are made fresh from top-quality ingredients.
Nestled in the Catskills, Fruition transforms ethically sourced cacao beans into confections like bars, coated nuts, and gianduja-filled bonbons. We’re especially excited about their dark milk chocolates and single-origin bars.
This chocolate boutique is based in San Francisco’s Mission District. Dandelion is a bean-to-bar chocolate maker known for its single-origin dark chocolate bars, chocolate boxes, toffee brittle, truffles, and caramels. They work directly with producers to source their cacao and source organic sugar from sustainable sugarcane farms in Brazil.
What are your favorite chocolate and cheese pairings? Tag us @cheesegrotto on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to let us know!