Alcohol and chocolate are a match made in heaven. Today, we’re going to indulge in the delectable combination of rum and chocolate – a bit like Captain Jack Sparrow and Willy Wonka together. (Johnny Depp was really on to something, wasn’t he? He even acted in a movie called The Rum Diary!) Rum and chocolate – now that’s something to look forward to, right?
Rum hails from the Caribbean while chocolates were invented just further down in South America. Both elements have the air of the tropics within them. Rum has that caramel-like undertone and chocolate has a slight cocoa bitterness to it, which makes them perfectly complement each other. Just like whiskey and cigar, but that’s a story for another day.
Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind which will ensure the best of two worlds:
- Dark Chocolate with Old Rum and Milk Chocolate with Young Rum
Ensure high-quality rum is consumed with good single-origin chocolate. Pair the oldest rum with the highest cocoa percentage chocolate and milkier, sweeter chocolates with younger rums.
- Check Your Barrels
Pay attention to the barrel where your rum is coming from. During the production process, the type of oak barrels used matters a lot. The barrels decide the final flavours such as charcoal, vanilla, smoke, etc. This additional information will help you decide what chocolate will go with it.
- When In Doubt, Go For Something Smoky or Sweet
Since both ingredients have a similar geographical background and need almost the same climate to thrive, they’re bound to go well together. Both have varied options when it comes to taste, so confusion is bound to happen. This means your options for rum selection are wide open but when in doubt select something super smoky or splendidly sweet.
- Chocolate with Spiced Rum?
During medieval times, clear rum was just rum that didn’t undergo barrel-aging. Now, with time, complexities have increased and given us more options. Rum is often aged and then filtered to remove its colour. Spices can be added during the barrel aging. There are a plethora of flavours available when it comes to spiced rum. Tropical fruits, citrus, lime, warm spices such as ginger and nutmeg to name a few. Try chocolate filled with marzipan, if you have spiced rum to have with.
To wrap it off, food combination isn’t a science, it’s an art and it all boils down to what suits your palate. Tell us your rum and chocolate combos in the comments below.
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