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If you’re looking to elevate your chocolate flavor, this guide is for you! Chocolate is a wonderful flavor on its own and can be used in a multitude of sweet treats like brownies, cakes, cupcakes, and drizzled all over fruit! But adding a spice like cinnamon or with coffee can bring out chocolate in new way. Plus, adding a spice like cayenne can create a deliciously sweet and spicy to your chocolate. These additions can bring the entire flavor profile to the next level.

And it’s not just spice that goes well with chocolate, but chocolate can help give savory dishes a deeper flavor. For this, think of dishes like mole.

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This week, we’re bringing delicious, fully vegan, and plant-based ways to explore the many perfect chocolate pairings!

Chocolate as Red Velvet:

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Source: Red Velvet Cupcakes

Did you know that red velvet is actually chocolate? Yep! Red velvet is just red food coloring and cocoa powder, and it’s super easy to make red velvet treats at home. These delicious treats pair wonderfully with a vegan cream cheese frosting, too!

Chocolate Paired with Cinnamon

Vegan Spelt Chocolate and Cinnamon Babkas

Source: Spelt Chocolate and Cinnamon Babkas

When you pair chocolate and cinnamon, you get a delightfully spiced sweet treat! The cinnamon cuts through the chocolate and takes the flavor profile to the next level. You can bake this flavor combination into cinnamon rolls, bread, and cookies!

Chocolate Paired with Coffee

Vegan Mini Espresso Bundt Cakes with Dark Chocolate Rum Glaze

Source: Mini Espresso Bundt Cakes with Dark Chocolate Rum Glaze

Chocolate and coffee are another wonderful pairing. If you’ve only experienced chocolate in coffee, like a mocha, this is your sign to try it in baked goods! These sweet treats are perfect to pair with coffee or your favorite warm drink. Also, adding a sprinkle of instant coffee in baked goods can bring out the most from your chocolate flavor!

Chocolate in Savory Meals

Vegan Chocolate Chili

Source: Chocolate Chili

Have you ever thought about adding chocolate to savory foods? Cocoa powder helps to bring out savory flavors like chili. You can also pair cocoa powder with a bit of cayenne for an extra kick of spice!

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Lead Image: Red Velvet Cupcakes by Fabio Gallo



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