Game Day Snacks · Summer beers

Chocolate Covered Potato Chips & Festina Pêche

It’s still unbarably hot in the North Eastern region of the USA and with the Olympics still going on, I need something light to snack on while watching. This week I made a salty sweet snack to pair with a neo-Berliner Weisse (brewed with peach juice).

The Beer:

Dogfish Head brewing company did a really good job with the label on the Festina Pêche. It looks fun, but a little laid back too. Does the peach work in this awesome looking beer?

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I love the bottle art!

Style: neo-Berliner Weisse brewed with peach juice and contains 4.5% alc/vol.

Color: Light wheat

Aroma: Mildly floral with just a hint of peach

Taste: One first impression it’s like a cross between a peach soda and a beer. Very easy to drink, but not really sweet. It’s like and a little more delicate than the beers I usually drink.

Level of Recommendation: It really is good for a hot day, plus if you want more of a fizzy nature to your beer, then this is a good one to try

The Food:

Yep, it’s another dessert type snack this week. I made two types of chocolate covered potato chips. One set had just semi-sweet chocolate on them, the other had chipotle powder added.

What you’ll need: 14 August 2016 001

  • Potato chips (I used ruffled potato chips)
  • Semi-sweet chocolate
  • Chipotle Powder (optional)
  • Wax paper

To melt your chocolate, place the amount of chocolate you’d like to use in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave the chocolate for 10-15 seconds, then remove and stir, continue doing this until chocolate is melted, but not boiling.

Set out a plate with wax paper on it. Dip potato chips into chocolate, smooth down with a spoon and remove access chocolate. Place on the wax paper. Once you have plenty of chips with just the chocolate, sprinkle in the chipotle powder, then repeat the process on a separate plate.

Place the plate(s) into the fridge and let sit for about an hour (or until the chocolate has hardened. Enjoy!

The Pairing:

14 August 2016 004The chocolate and saltiness of the chips bring out more of the floral sweetness in the beer, especially if you added in some of the chipotle powder. It’s also hard to remember that this beer isn’t soda pop when paired with this snack. The chipotle flavor also adds a slightly deeper flavor and dry heat. Thankfully the peach flavor still comes through.

Level of Recommendation: Good for when it’s really hot outside and need a light(ish) snack. I definitely think this should be at baseball games and Olympic watching parties.

 

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