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A Happy Pairing indeed

Ever wondered why chocolate and wine make such a heavenly pair? Well, it's all about the chemistry – and trust me, it's pretty fascinating stuff!

First off, there's this compound called phenylethylamine found in both chocolate and wine. It's a natural mood-enhancer, giving you that warm, fuzzy feeling. So, whether you're munching on chocolate or sipping wine, you're in for a delightful mood boost.

Red Wine and Dark Chocolate

Then there's serotonin, another mood-enhancer boosted by both treats. Serotonin is your brain's way of saying, "Hey, let's feel good!" When you indulge in chocolate and wine, your brain releases more of this happy chemical, making you feel relaxed and content.

Now, let's talk about flavonoids. These antioxidants are found in abundance in both chocolate and red wine. Sure, they contribute to the slightly bitter taste, but when combined, they create a perfect harmony of flavours on your taste buds.

Tannins play a role too. These compounds, present in both chocolate and red wine, add a bit of dryness and astringency. Interestingly, pairing a tannin-rich red wine with dark chocolate can actually smooth out the bitterness, making both the wine and chocolate taste even better.

So, there you have it – the delightful chemistry behind why chocolate and wine go hand in hand. It's not just a treat for your taste buds; it's a scientific marvel that makes each bite and sip all the more enjoyable. Cheers to the perfect pairing! 🍷🍫


Malta Chocolate Factory runs two unique wine and chocolate pairing activities at different times throughout the week. Check out the Wine and Chocolate Pairing or The Taste of Malta Artisan Wine Pairing workshops. A great way to spend an hour or so, learn about Malta's wine history and indulge in some local wine & food and delicious Malta Chocolate Factory chocolates.


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