You've heard of wine and chocolate together, but how does beer fare? Samuel Adams brewery paired up with TCHO chocolate to create a craft beer and artisanal chocolate pairing to gift to loved ones during the holiday season. Although sold separately, the Samuel Adams Winter Classic Variety ($14 for 12-pack) is intended to complement the flavors found in TCHO: Samuel Adams Beer Lover's Chocolate Box ($17). We tried each of the pairings to see if beer and chocolate really do go well together. Take a look!
Tcho is still developing their signature recipe, and have been tweaking things for the last several months. In this case, sample A was fruitier and had a nicer flavor, but it was chalky and I didn't like the texture. However sample B had a really smooth texture, with a deep chocolate aftertaste, but wasn't flavorful. I ended up voting for A, but noted that B had a better texture. Some of my friends voted for B because while they liked the flavor, they didn't like the chalkiness of A. So tell me, which would you have voted for? Is texture more important, or is flavor?
Wired magazine cofounder Louis Rossetto is taking on a new project and this time there are no flashy bells, whistles, or technological advancements. This time it's all about chocolate. His new company, Tcho, is currently testing limited-edition beta bars — aka version .10 — at $4 a bar (you must be able to pick them up in person from the company's headquarters in San Francisco). — Tcho