From salty snacks to cooling herbs, tangy dairy to spicy veggies, it’s hard to go wrong when it comes to pairing chocolate. Click through to check out some interesting and unusual things for your next fondue dinner, holiday party, or date night. Have your own favorite unusual thing to dip in chocolate? Tell us about it in the comments!
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1. Goat Cheese and Brie.
Tangy goat cheese and rich dark chocolate are an odd, but perfect, pair. The trick here is to freeze the cheese before cutting it into smaller pieces and coating in chocolate. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet to let the chocolate set before eating.
2. Mint Leaves.
Mint and chocolate are a classic combination, so why not get straight to the source of the flavor? Though mint leaves are delicate — you’ll want to use tweezers to dip them in melted chocolate if you don’t have steady hands — it’s not as difficult as it sounds. Immediately transfer chocolate-dipped leaves to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and stick ‘em in the freezer for about 30 minutes. They’re a fantastic addition to ice cream, cakes, and fruit salads.
3. Pumpkin Pie Bites.
And you thought pumpkin pie couldn’t get any better! Check out detailed tips and instructions here.
4. Tropical Fruit.
Chocolate and strawberries. Chocolate and cherries. Chocolate and oranges. Those all all killer combinations, sure, but there are plenty of other fantastic fruits out there to try with chocolate. Try mango, star fruit, papaya, dragon fruit, kiwi or other exotic fruits you can find at your local market.
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No complicated instructions in this delightful combination of sweet and spicy: just dip the jalapeños in melted chocolate and transfer to parchment-lined paper so the chocolate can set.
In Italy, they call it Melanzane al Cioccolato, and the fried eggplant is served as a dessert with pine nuts and candied orange peel strewn over it. Click here for a recipe!
Avocado has long been a secret ingredient in healthy and vegan baking, and simply dipping sliced avocado into chocolate is fantastic, too. For best results, dip the avocado in milk chocolate, and transfer the completed ones to the freezer before enjoying.
8. Potato Chips.
It’s not the healthiest combination, of course, but it sure is tasty! You’ll want to either use tongs to dip the chips in the melted chocolate, or use a pastry brush to paint the chocolate on the chips. As usual, transfer the chocolate coated chips to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.