You’re a brave soul for clicking on this post. We like curious and adventurous spirits in a reader. Few people would even consider pairing chocolate with grilled cheese—let alone bite into a grilled cheese sandwich with chocolate inside of it.
But as the saying goes, fortune favors the brave. Your reward for culinary courage will be a decadent blend of creamy, savory, sweet, and altogether unexpected flavors and textures that promise to forever change the way you look at the humble grilled cheese sandwich. To get started, give any of these chocolate grilled cheese recipes a try.
You’ll notice brie shows up in a lot of chocolate grilled cheese recipes, and there’s a good reason for that. The rich, creamy cheese serves as a great complement to the bolder flavors of dark chocolate and the heartiness of bread. This recipe further ups the ante with the addition of bright red raspberries, which add a touch of welcome sweetness to balance out this sandwich!
Parmesan cheese, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and balsamic vinegar: At first glance, those ingredients might sound like the foundation for three separate meals—not one grilled cheese sandwich. But don’t write this combo off until you try it. The dark-chocolate-balsamic combination creates a complex, flavorful spread that takes this grilled cheese to a whole other level.
This recipe walks the line between sweet and savory thanks to thick slices of fontina cheese, sweet apricot jam, sourdough bread, and a rich chocolate spread. The jam and cheese fold together while the chocolate oozes out of the sourdough crust. The recipe calls for using a store-bought chocolate spread, but you can melt down less processed chocolate to step up the delicious in this sammie.
Some may say this sandwich is more a dessert than it is dinner, but we say delicious is delicious, no matter what time you eat it. Peaches and mascarpone are a proven combination, and the addition of dark chocolate adds extra dimension of flavor. Go heavy on the mascarpone to balance out the sweetness of the caramelized peaches and chocolate.
Few chocolate grilled cheese recipes dare to mix cheddar with chocolate, but this one goes there—and it pulls it off. Cheddar isn’t the only unexpected ingredient; the recipe also utilizes cayenne pepper and powdered sugar. This makes for a creamy, chocolatey, and slightly spicy dish with a pretty dusting of powdered sugar to finish off the presentation.
Who says vegans can’t enjoy (chocolate) grilled cheese? This creative recipe uses dairy-free butter and cheese substitutes. It also adds a unique twist in the form of pan-seared banana slices. We all know bananas and chocolate go well together, and somehow the addition of cheese and bread only enhances this combination.
From parmesan to mascarpone, cheddar to brie, or even some yummy vegan cheese, the grilled cheese sandwich is not beholden to any one kind of cheese. While there’s nothing wrong with the classic, dabbling in a new chocolatey and cheesy combination could elevate this diner staple to new heights!