Cheese and wine typically make the perfect pairing, but this Halloween you may want to try coupling your favorite beverage with everyone’s favorite Halloween treat: candy.
Wine and candy are both delicious on their own, of course, but these wine and candy combinations are next-level delicious. These pairings are just what the tastebuds ordered for a fall movie night.
So what makes these pairings a match made in heaven? Food52 asked a sommelier for her recommended wine and candy pairings. The trick, she says, is making sure the wine is sweeter than what you are eating, and also ensuring that the intensity of flavors are matched.
1. Candy Corn
Candy corn, with it’s slight savoriness, pairs best with an amontillado sherry because the sherry is slightly sweet and very flavorful. This wine will bring out the sweet undertones of everyone’s favorite Halloween candy.
2. Milk Chocolate
Milk chocolate and port are two peas in a pod! The port is light and fresh, which in turn enhances the berry notes in chocolate.
3. Peanut Butter-Chocolate
Peanut butter and chocolate make a good duo alone, but pairing them with a Chardonnay can make them even more delicious! Chardonnay’s acidity will cut through the fat of peanut butter, so you are able to enjoy the nutty flavor.
4. Sour Candies
A full-bodied, rich wine like a Chenin blanc will round out the intensity of sour candies.
When eating caramel, enjoy a glass of a dark sherry, rich Malbec or Merlot. These wines will provide a sweet berry effect to counteract the salty caramel taste. Who doesn’t love a sweet and salty combo?
6. Gummy Bears
Gummy bears pair best with Pinot gris. This floral wine will bring out the flavors and intriguing aroma of the gummy bears.
Coconut-flavored candies and a really dark wine that’s been aged in oak complement each other extremely well. This wine gives a bitter tone, which helps to offset some of the sweetness the candy brings.
Choose your favorite(s) and enjoy!
[h/t: The Huffington Post]