There’s no doubt about it—Halloween in 2020 will be different. Costume parties are a no-go, annual parades have been cancelled, and some states are even discouraging trick-or-treating altogether. But staying socially distant doesn’t mean spooky season is cancelled! We can conjure that fun from home by pairing some beloved Halloween treats with cheese. So queue up the Halloween movies, fill your cauldron with wine, and indulge in these eerily delicious pairings.
Candy corn + Mimolette
Love it or hate it, you have to admit that candy corn is one of the most iconic treats of the season. Its intensely sweet properties scream for a sharp and salty partner, which is why we recommend Mimolette—the bright orange, unofficial cheese of Halloween—to serve alongside.
Halloween sugar cookies + Fresh chèvre
Popping a pack of these pre-made Pillsbury sugar cookies in the oven evokes an unmatched feeling of excitement and nostalgia—and emits a delicious smell through your whole house. Once they’ve cooled, spread some fresh, tangy chèvre on top for a sweet-and-savory combo that evokes a bite-sized cheesecake.
Kit-Kats + Gorgonzola Dolce
Blue cheese with chocolate is a no-brainer. Grab a bag of fun-sized Kit-Kats (even if you’re not hosting trick-or-treaters) and elevate them with a hunk of Gorgonzola Dolce on top—the perfect mild-yet-tangy blue to elevate this crispy bar.
Halloween pretzels + Pumpkin Spice Gouda
You can’t forget a pumpkin-spice option when building your Halloween board. Beemster’s iconic seasonal wedge is savory—not sweet—with festive notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger. Enjoy that flavorful, creamy cheese with some fun-shaped pretzels that’ll get you in the spirit.
M&Ms + Pecorino Romano
No matter how old you get, one thing probably won’t change: your feelings about M&Ms. These tiny chocolate candies are irresistible, especially when they come in addictive fun-sized bags. Pairing them with a piquant cheese like Pecorino Romano allows the contrasting flavors to create a delectably complex (and adult-like!) bite that pairs well with a cocktail of your choice.