There are no rules when play­ing around with flavours – try ev­ery­thing, says Nathan Adams

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MANY peo­ple con­sider cho­co­late an in­dul­gence best re­served for hol­i­days like Easter, Eid or Christ­mas, and par­ents are al­ways bat­tling to curb their chil­dren’s cho­co­late in­take.

A wine es­tate is not re­ally where you’d ex­pect a cho­co­late pair­ing for kids, so I was quite sur­prised that Peder­berg Win­ery in Paarl is do­ing ex­actly that.

They of­fer flavoured milk and marsh­mal­low pair­ings that have cho­co­late at the heart of the ex­pe­ri­ence, for the lit­tle ones.

It’s billed as: “Three uniquely-flavoured marsh­mal­lows have been care­fully se­lected and com­bined with three spe­cially se­lected flavoured milks. Creamy, colour­ful and fluffy, this is sure to bring joy to the lit­tle ones’ taste buds.”

On the menu is straw­berry milk paired with vanilla and smar­tie marsh­mal­lows, cho­co­late milk paired with caramel marsh­mal­lows dipped in milk cho­co­late, as well as ba­nana milk paired with cho­co­late marsh­mal­lows dipped in white cho­co­late.

This is how you can be­gin to in­tro­duce chil­dren to flavour pair­ings.

Sip Ex­clu­sive mixol­o­gist, Owen O’Reilly, spent his time ex­per­i­ment­ing with hot cho­co­late and brandy in the run-up to World Cho­co­late Day last week.

Tasked by Nomu and Van Ryn’s Brandy to cre­ate choc­tails (cho­co­late-cock­tails) O’Reilly says you can re­ally ex­per­i­ment with cho­co­late.

“When it comes to mix­ing and play­ing around with flavours, es­pe­cially cho­co­late, just try ev­ery­thing. There are no rules,” says O’Reilly.

He says he drew his in­spi­ra­tion from what cho­co­late mak­ers were do­ing and trans­lated it into a sweet cock­tail.

“Cho­co­late works with so many dif­fer­ent flavours. For in­stance, look at the Lindt range: That’s also where I drew some of my in­spi­ra­tion for the choc­tails.”

He adds: “Salted cho­co­late or toasted se­same seed cho­co­late, straw­berry cheese­cake, citrus, cof­fee and flo­ral flavours.”

Here on the con­ti­nent there is also good news for cho­co­late lovers as Bloomberg re­ported this week that the Ivory Coast had fore­cast a bumper co­coa bean crop.

“Co­coa reg­u­la­tor Le Con­seil du Cafe-Ca­cao is targeting for­ward sales of 1.3 mil­lion tons be­fore the new sea­son starts on Oc­to­ber 1, ac­cord­ing to the source, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied be­cause the in­for­ma­tion isn’t pub­lic.

“The cur­rent to­tal com­pares with 950 000 tons through May 27. The main crop is the larger of the coun­try’s two an­nual har­vests,” re­ported Bloomberg.

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