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I'm familiar with the traditional combinations of orange, mint, and raspberry and a few of the new flavors such as chillies and bacon. What other ideas are there though?

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Thanks! Still should be CW though. :) –  hobodave Aug 10 '10 at 14:58
    
@Dave: Right, forgot to transfer that part over. Thanks. –  Chad Aug 10 '10 at 15:11
    
IMO, chocolate is a flavor that needs no embellishment. Of course, I am a bit biased. If it were up to me, the ice cream freezers are the grocery store wouldn't even have vanilla. –  Tim Gilbert Aug 10 '10 at 20:23
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@Tim: I'm so glad it's not up to you. One of the simplest pleasures in the world is Ben & Jerry's vanilla ice cream. Stay away! :) –  hobodave Aug 10 '10 at 23:11

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I'm a real lover of unusual chocolate flavours. (I'm talking flavours incorporated into the chocolate, not accompaniments.)

I too like sea salt - there's something about salt with sweet chocolate. Bacon works well as an alternative. Chilli is great too - I prefer it with a very dark chocolate. Chilli and lime works well too.

Indian spices such as cardamom and even plain "curry" (probably mostly cumin and coriander) work well too, if you like something quite unusual.

I tried a banana and thyme bar that was quite unusual - I preferred the thyme component and wasn't so keen on the banana.

Rose works well, and I like orange and geranium though I found the geranium subtle in the latter (probably it had to be!).

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Ooh chili and lime is a new one for me. –  hobodave Aug 10 '10 at 16:39
    
+1 for rose. Think chocolate-covered rose-flavoured Turkish delight. –  MGOwen Aug 11 '10 at 4:24

sea salt is my newest fave. also red wine.

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As in a glass of red with your chocolate? Or is there some method of incorporating the two? –  hobodave Aug 10 '10 at 15:22
    
Usually red wine doesn't go that great with chocolate, but there are wines from Maury which are sweetish and the perfect match –  Sam Holder Aug 10 '10 at 15:35
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@Sam, disagree completely! Glass of red works great. Particularly with chocolate with a high cocoa content. Maybe it's just personal preference, but I would not look for a sweet red wine to pair with chocolate. –  yossarian Aug 10 '10 at 19:23
    
oh, a glass of red WITH the chocolate - sorry, i should have clarified. : ) sometimes it makes a nice dessert. –  franko Aug 10 '10 at 19:37

I've found that chipotle and dark chocolate make a great combination. A little chipotle goes a long way though, so try not to overdo it.

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One of my favorite pairings is a dark beer, usually a porter or stout. You can actually fine tune the pairings between particular beers and chocolates to find highly synergistic matches.

Oh, and along the same lines, don't forget good old fashioned malt powder.

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Bitter chocolate and stout is one of my favorite things... Excellent combination. –  Shog9 Aug 11 '10 at 2:35

Coffee. Sampling 3-4 different coffee and chocolate varieties together makes for interesting discoveries.

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Spot on! I love coffee in brownies. –  Chad Aug 10 '10 at 20:59
    
Yes, coffee! I find it a better pairing beverage than wine. Chocolate and wine compete too much for my taste. –  Jenn Aug 11 '10 at 19:21

I have found lavender to be a good addition.

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