Everyone has a favorite type of chocolate. Maybe you love milk chocolate with almonds. Or, maybe you prefer dark chocolate and coconut. All chocolate lovers have that one candy combination that they covet more than the rest. But, have you tried all the different types of chocolate products on the market?
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different chocolate confections to delight your taste buds. Chocolate is so delicious that it pairs well with practically everything. Plus, some crafty candy confectioners have created some pretty spectacular combinations. We’ve gathered up 50 of the best of the best. Try a new combination and you just might stumble upon a new favorite.
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Milk chocolate is the most popular type of chocolate. It’s made of chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, sugar, and milk. In the United States, all milk chocolate must contain at least 10 percent chocolate liquor and at least 12 percent milk solids, but more expensive varieties can have up to 45 percent.
Bright, tart lemon offers a wonderful juxtaposition to creamy, silky smooth milk chocolate. This tantalizing treat features a soft, creamy center with rich lemon flavor covered in milk chocolate.
Pralines are a southern tradition, most commonly made with pecan halves, cane syrup, milk, butter, and vanilla. In this treat, they’re topped with silky smooth milk chocolate for a one-of-a-kind, melt-in-your-mouth experience.
If you think white chocolate isn’t “real” chocolate, you may be surprised to hear there are actually requirements to determine if a candy can be labeled as chocolate. The FDA requires white chocolate to have a cocoa butter content of at least 20 percent.
You’ll most often find these butterscotch chews in a variety box of chocolates around Valentine’s Day. They’re made by covering a confection of brown sugar, vanilla and heavy cream in milk chocolate for the perfect delightful chew.
Chewy caramel is topped with rich dark chocolate and topped with coarse sea salt for a decadent treat that’s a little outside the norm. The combination of sweet and salty makes for an appealing treat, with the sweetness mingling with the salt for a unique and delicious taste.
Dark chocolate typically contains 70 to 85 percent cocoa. It isn’t as sweet as milk chocolate, but it does provide numerous health benefits. It’s a powerful source of antioxidants and can actually help lower the risk of heart disease. Bittersweet chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate are also technically “dark chocolate,” but these varieties are typically used for baking purposes.
Traditional truffles are made with dark chocolate truffle mousse, topped with a layer of dark chocolate, and dusted with cocoa powder. They get their name because they look just like the expensive truffle mushrooms.
Pecan bark is made by suspending pieces of pecans in decadent milk chocolate. The pecans lend a delightful crunch to the bark for a salty-sweet combination that’s simply divine.
Candied and glazed orange slices are dipped in silky smooth milk chocolate to create these sensational chocolate treats. Each piece is bursting with the fresh, fruity, and zesty citrus flavors balanced with the rich, decadent chocolate.
Bittersweet chocolate has the highest percentage of chocolate liquor and is often used for baking. It typically contains at least 50 percent cacao, with others having as much as 85 percent cacao. Be sure to double-check your recipes to see if they require bittersweet chocolate or unsweetened baking chocolate.
These crisp and refreshing treats take snow white peppermint cream and top it with delicious milk chocolate. They’re sweet, cool, and surprisingly invigorating.
There’s nothing more classic than the combination of chocolate and vanilla. The mellow vanilla cream and the rich, milk chocolate meld together in a delicious way that’s a perennial favorite for a reason.
Like bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate must contain at least 35 percent chocolate liquor. It typically ranges between 35 to 45 percent chocolate liquor. The remaining ingredients are sugar and a small amount of emulsifiers and flavorings.
Dark chocolate covered coconut is a classic favorite. To make the ideal filling that’s the perfect combination of sweet, creamy, and chewy, you’ll need coconut flakes, cane sugar, and vanilla extract.
This decadent type of chocolate is filled with creamy vanilla and topped with rich, dark chocolate. The combination of vanilla and chocolate makes for a delicious bite with lots of flavor.
Unsweetened chocolate is made with 100 percent fermented and roasted cacao beans that have been ground into a paste and formed into a bar. It isn’t intended for eating as it has a very sour and bitter taste. However, it easily adds a strong chocolate flavor to a recipe, especially if you’re making a rich chocolate dessert, such as brownies or chocolate mousse.
The combination of pecan, creamy caramel, and milk chocolate is a decadent treat typically referred to as a “turtle.” Developed in 1918 by DeMet’s Candy Company, these delectable bites looked like turtles with a large, chocolate covered shell.
Peanut brittle is made of hard gar candy embedded with peanuts. It’s topped with decadent milk chocolate for a tasty treat that’s crunchy, creamy, sweet, and salty all at once.
20. Cocoa Powder
Cocoa powder is similar to unsweetened chocolate because it is made of 100 percent cacao. However, cocoa powder has had the cocoa butter extracted out. There are two types of cocoa powder, Dutch process and natural. Dutch produces a darker brown cocoa powder with a more neutral flavor, while natural results in a higher acidic, more intense flavor.
Citrus and chocolate are a quintessential pairing. This candy features a soft, creamy center bursting with orange flavor and covered in silky smooth milk chocolate.
Raspberry cream pairs so nicely with the richness of dark chocolate in this delectable confection. The tartness of the raspberry cuts through the rich, dark chocolate and adds a fresh taste that’s downright decadent.
Sweet German chocolate is a dark baking chocolate that’s sweeter than semisweet chocolate. It was created by Samuel German, a chocolate company employee, in 1952. The idea is that it’s more convenient for bakers because a lot of the sugar is already added in. German chocolate cake is often made using this type of chocolate.
Real espresso beans are smothered in dark chocolate in this delicious treat. Crunchy and decadent with a bit of an added caffeine boost, this treat is ideal for coffee and chocolate lovers alike.
Nonpareils feature small beads of sugar are sprinkled on round wafers of creamy, milk chocolate. The name is pronounced nahn-puh-REL and means “having no equal” when directly translated from French.
Couverture chocolate contains a higher percentage of cocoa butter than other varieties and is ground to a much finer texture in production. These two differences provide superior flavor and texture that makes it ideal for tempering and making candies. It comes in milk, dark, and white varieties.
Crunchy malted milk centers are covered in a layer of smooth milk chocolate in this classic treat. Malted milk has a sweet, nutty, and unmistakable taste that delivers a subtle richness to treats.
This confection is made with roasted peanuts drenched in milk chocolate. The end result is a treat that has plenty of crunch combined with sweet, creamy goodness.
Chocolate covered potato chips are another sweet and savory combination. They have just the right amount of crunch that makes it impossible to eat just one.
Compound chocolate differs from “real chocolate” in that it doesn’t contain cocoa butter. It uses vegetable fats, such as coconut oil, soy, or palm kernel oil, in place of cocoa butter. These fats cost less than cocoa butter and are easy to temper, resulting in a reduced cost.
Maple cream is topped with silky smooth milk chocolate in this tasty treat. These little drops of goodness are a common addition to variety chocolate boxes for a reason — they’re silky smooth and perfectly sweet.
Perfect for coffee lovers, this truffle is like having a barista on demand. It features espresso ganache topped with creamy white chocolate, just like a creamy cappuccino in candy form.
Creamy caramel is topped with silky smooth milk chocolate in this tasty treat. Whether the caramel is made hard and chewy or creamy and liquefied, both ways are delicious. Top with some sea salt for an even more decadent take.
34. Ruby Chocolate
Ruby chocolate only recently entered the scene in 2017. It’s made with ruby cacao beans, which are found in Ecuador, Brazil, and Ivory Coast. It boasts a sweet, berry-like flavor with a smooth and creamy texture.
35. Hazelnut Truffle
In this decadent truffle, creamy hazelnut ganache is topped with milk chocolate. The nutty, toasted flavor of the hazelnut perfectly blends with the milk chocolate for a divine treat that just has to be savored.
What’s better than the quintessential combination of milk chocolate and peanut butter? This tasty confection blends smooth and creamy peanut butter with rich and decadent milk chocolate.
Strawberries and chocolate are pretty much the most classic pairing out there. This confection takes sweet strawberry cream and tops it with luscious milk chocolate.
Toffee is made by caramelizing sugar or molasses with butter and cooking it until it reaches the hard crack stage. This tasty treat is then topped with silky smooth milk chocolate for even more indulgence.
In this classic favorite, large pieces of almonds are covered in decadent milk chocolate. This results in an unmistakable chocolatey-almond crunch that’s tasty and delicious.
Molasses lends its warm, sweet, and somewhat smoky flavor to this delectable chew. The chewy molasses center is then topped with rich dark chocolate.
This tasty cherry-flavored nougat with sliced almonds is covered in rich milk or dark chocolate. The word “nougat” comes from a Latin word that means nut pie. It’s chewy and sweet with a hint of nutty crunch.
Macadamia nuts have a rich, buttery flavor. When topped with chocolate, they become a simply irresistible treat that’s just begging to be enjoyed by the bagful.
Turkish delights are confection based on a gel of starch and sugar and often contain chopped pistachios, hazelnuts, or walnuts. This confection is then topped with milk chocolate for a treat that’s guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth.
44. Cherry Cordials
Cherry cordials are made with cherries coated with cherry liqueur and then smothered in a coating of milk chocolate. Most types of cordials are made with maraschino, or candied, cherries for extra sweetness.
Crispy wafers are iced with creamy chocolate filling and topped with decadent milk chocolate. It’s a cross between a cookie and a candy that provides a whole lot of crunch.
Puffs of marshmallows are topped with fine dark chocolate. Biting into one of these confections is like biting into a fluffy cloud — if that cloud were sweet, luscious, and delicious.
Chocolate covered bacon nails the ideal sweet and salty combination like none other. Crispy bacon is topped with silky smooth milk chocolate for the ultimate savory and sweet taste sensation.
Chocolate covered strawberries are a quintessential favorite. Fresh, juicy strawberries are topped with creamy milk, semisweet, or dark chocolate. The result is bursting with juicy flavor that’s simply mouth-watering.
This tasty confection is made with fresh almonds covered in velvety, white chocolate. The result juxtaposes the silky, smoothness of the white chocolate with crunchy, salty nuts.
Roasted and salted peanuts and buttery caramel are topped with velvety white chocolate in this decadent treat. They’re often referred to as “polar bear paws” because of their bright white color and paw-like shape.
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