How many different kinds of chocolate cheeses are available to buy for your Valentine? Not that many actually. The list below is as comprehensive as we could do, and it’s only 10. There are a lot of chocolate fudge cheeses (in the sweet cheese section) so we picked one to represent the category. And, there are many more dry Jacks rubbed with cocoa than the one we chose from Cowgirl Creamery, including Dry Monterey Jack by Vella Cheese.
We wouldn’t even think about attempting to rate or judge these fabulous cheeses- they’re all entirely different. But, we did ask a well-known cheesemonger, Marcella Wright to tell us something about chocolate cheeses. She highly recommended Rogue Creamery’s Chocolate Stout- “Rogue Creamery’s Chocolate Stout Cheddar combines three winners: cheddar, chocolate and beer!! How can you go wrong??? Well, you can’t with this cheese. It’s hoppy, yeasty, creamy and chocolatey… woohoo!!” (For her review of this cheese, click here) Marcella also has a cheese and chocolate pairing guide at her website-click here.
Chocolate Stout by Rogue Creamery
Description from website: Two great loves of the Rogue Creamery team come together in one delicious cheese: Rogue Ales’ Chocolate Stout and our classic hand-milled cheddar. The beer is poured over the curd, allowed to meld, before it is hand dipped and pressed into blocks for aging. Savory and tangy cheddar notes are tempered by the sweeter chocolate and coffee flavors of the stout.
Carr Valley Cocoa Cardona
Description from website: Chocolate and cheese unite beautifully in this award-winning American Original. Featuring our delicious Cardona aged and rubbed with cocoa powder. The cocoa flavor is subtle, the rind a lovely brown, and the end result like nothing you’ve ever tasted. Cocoa Cardona has won many awards over the years including 1st Place at the 2004 American Cheese Society Competition, Best of Class & Overall Second Runner-Up out of 1,000 entries in the 2005 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest, 1st Place at the 2006 American Dairy Goat Association, 1st Place at the 2008 World Championship Cheese Contest, and 1st Place at the 2011 American Cheese Society. Most recently it took 1st Place in its class at the 2015 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest.
Jack and Grace & I by Cowgirl Creamery
Description from website: Made like fresh Monterey Jack but then rubbed with olive oil and cocoa powder and aged over a year. Firm, pale yellow with a sweet, nutty flavor. This cheese is great for grating, cooking or just plain eating.
Cacow Belle by Rogue Creamery
Description from website: Cacow Belle delivers a blend of Rogue Creamery’s favorite combinations: cheddar, Lillie Belle chocolate and spice. The cheddar is savory, sweet and spicy, with a note of heat at the finish. Its decadent flavor is perfect for a rustic apple mini galette or shortbread with honey.
Wensley-dale with Chocolate and Orange by Coombe Castle
To buy in U.S.
Description from website: Chocolate & Orange is a popular flavour combination in England. These two tropical exotics – citrus from the old world and cacao from the new create an irresistible pairing and is a favourite in the castle. This fruity combo came into the castle stock when Peter the flavourologist was making a mothers day gift, his trusty Wensleydale called out for the delicious duo and even though the first creations were either too orangey or too chocolatey, we think its now perfect. Calling all Mums out there: you may want to add this cheese to your wish list too!
Chocolate Capri Log by Westfield Farm
Description from website: Wow! If the notion of a semi-sweet chocolate goat cheese appeals to you, you will positively fall in love with this entry. However, we know that the very idea of chocolate goat cheese is disconcerting to some and we understand. (We also know that the more times we repeat the phrase “chocolate goat cheese” the more likely this site will be picked up by a major search engine.) But in any case be forewarned: these 5-ounce logs are addictive. See recipe for Chocolate Goat Cheese Canapés.
Chocolate Cheddar by Trader Joe’s
Description from website: We’ve taken creamy, mature English Cheddar that’s aged for 15 months and blended it with rich, dark chocolate. The smooth, sweet dark chocolate curls round out the naturally savory sharpness of the Cheddar and create a visually rousing marbled effect. It’s beautiful cut and served with fresh strawberries or grilled between a butter croissant for a cheese sandwich that will incite swooning. And just imagine the thrills you’ll stir when you add this looker to your holiday cheese tray!
Description from website: Who’s ever heard of such a thing? We don’t know who originally created chocolate cheese fudge but you’ll be glad they did. It’s a bit like fudge, a lot like thick, creamy cheese cake.
The rich texture of this Wisconsin cheese makes for a wonderful dessert. It’s a combination that has chocolate-lovers giddy. We’re not sure who loves it more — adults or kids! Our chocolate cheese fudge is the perfect choice to bring to any party and makes a memorable gift. It’s the most unforgettable cheese you’ve ever tasted.
Enough said — we dare you to try it… and not like it! One of our very best sellers.
Chocolate Cherry Temptation by Celebrity Chevre, Sold by IGourmet
Description from website: A decadent and luxurious addition to the Celebrity family of goat cheeses, the Chocolaty Cherry Temptation features a combination of sweet chocolate and tart cherries in this delectable treat. Fresh goat cheese is infused with these classic flavors, and then rolled in a combination of dark chocolate bits and dried cherries for added texture. The cheese won awards at both The Royal 2012 and the British Empire Cheese Competition in Canada. Try with a crisp Riesling or a malty and fruity Weizenbock.
Wensleydale with Raspberry & White Chocolate by Truckle Cheese, Sold by Victoria’s Deli
Unfortunately, this is available in the UK only
Description from website: A creamy Wensleydale cheese carefully combined with sweet yet sharp juicy raspberries and mellow subtle flavour of white chocolate curls. Makes a perfect dessert cheese.
This unique red waxed heart shaped cheese would make a great present for a loved one.