Here we sit again just a few weeks away from the Fourth of July. Summer is now in full swing. The kids are out of school. Work seems a little less important and fun is being had all around. It is always an exciting time of year, full of getaways, outdoors and for many, cooking out. This has become synonymous with the Fourth of July.

Just about a month and a half ago (wow, has it been that long already???), we did a piece highlighting some of our favorite Memorial Day cookout items and how to pair them with chocolate. We had a lot of good feedback about that, and as a result, we have decided to do another one, this time with foods being prepared for the Fourth of July. Now, I know what you are thinking – is there really that much different between cookout foods from one day to the next?

The answer is obviously no, but just humor us! We are looking for any way to think outside of the box and provide useful content to the public!

Hamburgers – You are probably saying to yourself: hamburgers? Why are we pairing chocolate with hamburgers? The answer is: we are a chocolate company! We pair EVERYTHING with chocolate! A 58% varietal tends to work well with the hamburger to bring out the taste to full exposure.

Hot Dogs – Hot dogs are the best part of the cookout. There, I said it. The more seared the outside, the better. Simple to make and simple to eat, hot dogs provide a quick treat for kids of all ages (especially this 34 year old). I have found that putting them with a 72% varietal seems to give me the best taste profile and complements the hot dog experience perfectly.

Baked Beans – Time to turn away from the main dishes and move on to the side dishes. Baked beans are a huge part of the cookout experience, and I want to highlight that now. Again, another simple to make dish that brings happiness to all who eat it. After a hog dog, this is my next stop. Again, much like hot dogs, the 72% chocolate seems to create the best flavor profile. It sounds to me like my plate is going to be loaded with hot dogs, baked beans and 72% chocolate!

Corn on the Cob – Do not hate me for saying this, but easily, this is my least favorite cookout food. You can have it. All of it. Just does not do it for me. For many, if not most, though, this is a sought after item. Toss a little butter on it, gnaw at the cob and grin with excitement (and a lot of gunk stuck in your teeth). I do find a little more satisfaction in it if I can eat it with some white chocolate.

That will wrap it up for this edition of our blog! I hope you enjoyed and do not hesitate to send us pictures of your Fourth of July cookout with your chocolate pairings!