Cracked Black Pepper Potato Chips Are Your New Favorite Chocolate Pairing

Potato chips and chocolate are not a new thing but cracked black pepper potato chips and creamy chocolate is just the sassy combination you didn't know you were missing. Why does this trio of flavors work? Salty potato chips dipped in chocolate are a pairing that screams when savory meets sweet, but when you add black pepper to the mix, there is a mild heat that brings all the contrasting elements of flavor together in a way your taste buds won't soon forget.

This is because black pepper is like a Lego Ninjago elemental master. Alone, it is a powerful seasoning that changes the flavor of foods it is added to, but in the company of other elements like salt and sugar, it brings  balance. While red chile peppers are a natural pairing with chocolate because of the fruity component they bring with their spicy kick, black pepper can add a peppery heat that neither over nor underwhelms the tongue.  

Taste and texture

Cracked black pepper's greatness particularly shines through when it is married with salt — the two go hand in hand. So, it should come as no surprise that it works well with potato chips. The addition of chocolate not only adds a sweetness, but a velvety smooth taste juxtaposed to the crunchiness of the chips. If you are looking for a cracked black pepper potato chip to use for your research purposes, both Lays and Cape Cod offer Kettle Cooked Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Potato Chips that can be drizzled with melted milk or dark chocolate of your choice. 

Black pepper is a welcome addition in many a sweet and savory recipe. If you like it with chips and chocolate, you may like it in your baked goods. From chocolate cookies with a sprinkle of this seasoning to jams, pie crusts, and even ice cream, black pepper will add a new depth and dimension to some of your favorite sweets and snacks.