In 1753, Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus called the cocoa tree Theobroma cacao – Greek for “Food of the gods”. It was used in Aztec religious ceremonies, and cocoa developed more monotheistic affiliations in the 19th century.
Aztec kings believed cocoa to be an aphrodisiac and drunk up to small thimbles daily.
Quakers like Joseph Storrs Fry, John Cadbury, and Joseph Rowntree, established chocolate “plants” that evolved into enduring brands as Dairy Milk, Fry’s Cocoa, and Kit Kat.
Continental Europeans have never developed chocolate covered bars.
Wine enthusiasts were always told to refrain from pairing chocolate and their preferred alcoholic beverage.
As is well known, wine possesses a delicate taste and chocolate is quite intense.
Now I have good news for people who like wine and chocolate.
Luckily, in the last decade and a half, both winemakers and chocolate manufacturers invented new technologies to intensify wine flavours, and mellow that of chocolate.
Now several wines of various intensities can be successfully paired with specially designed chocolates. All you have to do is to select a wine that is sweeter than the chocolate.
Brix chocolate from Ratherford, California, has now formulated three types – milk, medium dark and extra dark in eight-ounce (227 grams) packages available in several high-end grocery stores in Ontario. (See notes below).
The milk chocolate, with 40 percent cocoa goes well with ruby port, cream sherry, and icewine; the medium dark with 60 percent cocoa is formulated to complement Sonoma County or Paso Robles or Australian merlot, shiraz, zinfandel or Rhone Valley blends; and the extra dark with 70 percent cocoa with Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, Washington State high alcohol cabernet sauvignons, L B V ports, Barossa Valley shiraz, Pedro Ximenez sherry, and Madeira wines.
Wine enthusiasts and chocoholics can now rejoice that an innovative company came up with a solution to an old problem.
Grocery stores that carry Brix chocolates in Toronto:
Pusateri’s 1539 Avenue Road
McEwan Foods 38 Karl Fraser Road
Magnotta Winery 271 Chrislea Road
Chapter’s and Indigo Stores in Toronto
The Bay Yorkdale Mall and Queen Street