As I get older, indulging in candy for Halloween is just not as exciting for me. Sure, I’ll have that Almond Joy or frozen Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup to satisfy my sweet tooth, but if you ask me, I’d much rather have an assortment of spooky cheeses to snack on while passing out candy to the neighborhood kids and their kid-at-heart parents.
When selecting a spooky cheese, I look for a mix of black, gray, and chalky-looking rinds. These always remind me of cobwebs and spiders for some reason. I also go for “flesh” and bone-colored tones because let’s face it, Halloween is nothing without a cheese that makes you think of skeletons.
And guess what?! I did the research for you. Here are some wonderful cheese pairings that will bring your Halloween spread together just in time for holidays:
Humboldt Fog pairs well with honey, walnuts, tart apples and prosciutto. An IPA and pinot noir are perfect for more aged wedges, while a porter and sauvignon blanc goes well with less-aged humboldt fog.
Parmigiano Reggiano goes well with sparkling wines, like Italian prosecco, and medium-bodied amber ales. Serve this cheese with dates and pecans.
Little Black Bomber, a mature cheddar cheese, is encased in a black, waxy rind. Enjoy this wheel with a simple baguette and pickles. Or upgrade to caramelized onions and sweet apricot chutney. A glass of Spanish Rioja pairs well with this creamy cheese as well as a strong wheat beer.
Manchego smeared with a fig spread is all you need for this cheese. But if you insist on eating something else with it, I’d suggest dates and grapes. Fill your glass with a medium-bodied red or a light and crisp white wine. As for beers, the nutty flavors merry well with malty beverages, such as stouts and nut brown ales.
Roquefort Blue Cheese is pungent, yet so good with honey and pears. Indulge in this cheese with a light rose wine or go for a port. When selecting a beer, more malt results in a better experience.
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