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Pairing Comté with Candied Cocoa Nib Walnuts


Comté is a much beloved cheese, especially at our office. If you’re like us, you’ll take any excuse to eat some more, especially when that excuse is whipping up a delicious, sweet snack. Cheese blogger It’s Not You, It’s Brie has crafted a recipe for Candied Cocoa Nib Walnuts that’s made to perfectly pair with Marcel Petite Comté. Next stop: your local cheese shop and the grocery store.

The candied walnuts with cocoa nibs recipe is one that I  created for my cheese club members. Every month I create a recipe for them inspired by one the cheeses in the club, and email the recipe and a little more about their selections to members after their three cheeses and condiment ship. This recipe was to pair with their Essex Marcel Petite Comté- one of my April picks. While I crafted the recipe to pair with Comté (and admit that’s my favorite pairing for it so far), it would pair well with many cheeses- even some of the spring goat cheeses out right now. This with fresh goat cheese, over an arugula salad? Mmm hmmm. I’ll share a recipe for a Comté, candied walnut and cocoa nib salad in a couple weeks, too.

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Photo by Kirstin Jackson

Rebecca Haley-Park

Rebecca Haley-Park is culture's Editor and resident stinky cheese cheerleader. A native New Englander, she holds a BFA in creative writing from University of Maine at Farmington.