A while back we told you about jcoco, the Seattle Chocolates' spin-off brand touting American couture chocolate.
Jean Thompson is the "j" in jcoco, and makes it a point with her team to find combinations that actually work - and taste good - and aren't just for shock value.
Jcoco just opened up a store in the Bellevue Collection, where they'll be posted up showcasing their delicacies and even hosting tasting parties for the next seven months.
We stopped by for a tasting...and were blown away at some of the combos they put in front of us.
Milk chocolate + flaked coconut + pecans. This is their Vanuatu Coconut Pecan bar, and the theme of the shop currently (think bright bold blues). Every couple of months the store will redesign after a new bar. Another surprise? It's delicious when paired with Bellavitano Chai cheese.
Dark chocolate chips + black mission figs + pistachios. Their black fig pistachio bar is a richer chocolate then you'd expect. The figs are subtle, not overpowering at all.
White chocolate chips + oranges + cayenne. Most people balk at white chocolate already, let alone when you add cayenne to it. This weirdly works, and you take away a tropically sweet taste you might not expect. jcoco also mixed up a "Smoking Hot Italian" cocktail, with Scotch, Aperol and Galliano that paired beautifully with the sweetness.
Other fun pairs?
- jcoco's Noble Dark chocolate bar + Rossini cheese from the Val Taleggio region of Italy
- Pomum Cellars Dry Riesling + jcoco's Agave Quinoa Sesame
- jcoco's Black Fig Pistachio + Masi 'Campofiorin' Valpolicella
Local company Bean Box (remember them?) are also pairing some of their coffees with jcoco chocolate: