This year started for me with some rather unconventional flavored chocolates, one of them: “Mushroom chocolates”1. The mushroom pralines are made by the fantastic hungarian chocolatier and bean-to-bar chocolate makers “Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé” and come in a very pretty box containing 9 pralines of 3 different mushroom flavors (Chantrell, Morel and Porcini).
Although I like combinations of savory/salty flavors with chocolate (such as more common classics with pepper, chili, or smoked salt…), I have to say that I was first a little afraid of eating mushroom flavored chocolates. Somehow that didn’t sound like a good match to me. Mushrooms and chocolate?
But guess what? They all taste great and I bet they make an incredible combination if eaten with a good, strong wine (the mushroom taste is not overly dominant though, which was probably a wise decision). The porcini one has a clean mushroom aftertaste… which still feels weird… but good2.Footnotes
- I would say that is even the most unconventional flavor paring in chocolates that I had so far. [↩]
- OK, if you are not exactly thrilled to try mushroom pralines, then at least consider trying one of the beautiful and delicious chocolate bars made by Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé. I can definitely recommend the “Madagascar 72″ and the “Madagascar Criollo”. Oh, and the “Pistachio Gianduja”. And… well, you got it, right? [↩]