Chocolate & Vanilla ‘Special Reserve’ Aged Balsamic
Our Chocolate & Vanilla ‘Special Reserve’ Aged Balsamic Vinegar is absolutely stunning & bursting with flavour; it’s glossy, thick & sweet with no bitterness.
Chocolate works brilliantly with goat’s cheese, in fact any strong, salty cheese: try a few slivers of 70%+ chocolate on your cheeseboard next time to see what we mean. A nice glass of port marries these two flavours together beautifully. That’s what gave us the inspiration for this unusual & exciting balsamic.
One key difference with this compared with other cheaper imitations is that we don’t use watery, thin balsamic vinegar; these are thick enough to use as a glaze but without the artificial sweeteners & thickeners. A few drops on any salad, meats, fruits, cheeses & much more completes any dish.
We also don’t add a grain of sugar, caramel (E150) or sweetener anywhere in the process – all the sweetness comes from the passing of time & from the fruit itself. This is unlike any ‘supermarket balsamic’ or cheap, watery vinegars made with 40-50% sugar. This also means it’s ‘free’ on all the slimming plans we know of!
Neither do we do ‘reductions’ – cheaper vinegars that have been boiled to reduce them & make them thicker.
Instead, our Chocolate & Vanilla ‘Special Reserve’ is a stunning, authentic aged balsamic from Modena, home of the World’s finest balsamic vinegars, aged for years in barrels until just the right balance of sweetness is attained, then infused to give a depth of flavour both surprises & delights.
Use it as a dressing for a robust salad – something like goat’s cheese or stilton works well – or even a gutsy game dish like pigeon or venison. Just a few drops on some sliced, rare-roasted venison will boost the flavour. Following the Mexican principle of chocolate in their stews, a dash of our balsamic in a stew, chilli or casserole gives a really intense flavour & makes red meat taste meatier.
It’s not a chocolate sauce though – it’s a fine balance of bitter chocolate, the heady aroma & sweetness of vanilla with the tangy, sweet, aged balsamic.
Add a few drops to a stir fry, gravy or jus for an extra special sauce or make a marinade by adding a dash to oil, crushed garlic, thyme & whatever else you fancy: marinate pigeon or game for a few hours before cooking as usual and you’ll have a dish sure to become a household favourite.
Try a few drops on ice cream or swirl into Greek yoghurt for an unusual twist, or add some crushed meringue for a complimentary chewy crunch!
Balsamic vinegar (98%) [concentrated grape must, wine vinegar] infused with cacao (1%) & vanilla (1%). Contains sulphites
Typical values per 100ml
Energy 1613 KJ (379 kcal)
of which sugars 88.9g
of which saturates 0.0g
|Dimensions||40 x 40 x 180 mm|
Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Zero added sugar