Blue Cheese and Chocolate

Blue cheese and chocolate might not sound like a match made in heaven—actually, it sounds like something a child might concoct—but food writer Catherine Nash reports that this isn’t the case at all. On the food blog Bay Area Bites, she swoons over blue cheese truffles. “It wasn’t that I thought the combination sounded good,” Catherine explains, “the truth is, it sounded sort of horrible. But it also sounded interesting, and besides … how bad could it be?”

Catherine sought out the blue cheese truffles made by Lillie Belle Farms, an artisan-chocolate maker and organic berry farm in southern Oregon, at the recent San Francisco Chocolate Salon.

I quickly popped a sample in my mouth, half expecting to spit it out a moment later. Instead, my entire body began to slowly quiver, overcome with a taste that was positively angelic and a feeling that was stronger than happiness and more powerful than simple satisfaction.

This was an absolutely perfect chocolate.

According to the chocolatier, Jeff Shepherd, “Many people are skeptical at the beginning but after the first bite people’s faces light up and they are immediately reaching for another one.” The truffles themselves combine Oregon Blue, an award-winning Rogue Creamery blue cheese that is smoked over hazelnut shells, with organic milk chocolate, local Oregon cream, and toasted almonds.

As Catherine reports, “in the right hands, blue cheese and chocolate are a match made in heaven.” She’s not the only convert: Lillie Belle’s blue cheese truffles took the award for Best New Product at the salon.

For those of us who want to taste this heavenly match for ourselves, Smokey Blue Truffles are available online.

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