It’s no secret that I love to throw parties. Dinner parties, theme parties, brunches, just call me Martha Jewart. And with Hanukkah season upon us, I plan to host an epic Latke Bar Party.
I’ve partnered with SoChatti to share my latke party tips and my new favorite way to consume chocolate! I LOVE chocolate, and just found out I’ve been doing it wrong all these years. Chocolate is way more complex than just milk or dark; it is full of rich and complex flavors with over 400 (!) distinct flavors. You may think you know and love chocolate, but you have no idea.
Most chocolate we consume is mass produced, so it loses the unique flavors. Sad. To legit chocolate makers, chocolate is actually best consumed warm. You probably eat chocolate in solid form, which loses the nuanced aromas and flavors after being exposed to the air. SoChatti’s process preserves the cocoa bean’s flavor that before was only available to chocolate makers. They only purchase top-quality ingredients and cocoa beans from all over the world to help support a sustainable supply chain, reasonable working wages, and a growing economy in cacao rich regions. Love that.
SoChatti’s process of packaging and dispensing preserves the flavors in a way you’ve never tasted before. Cocao beans vary much like coffee beans do. The SoChatti artisans roast the cacao to perfection and combine with just enough organic cane sugar and cacao butter to produce a flavor that is carefully blended to amplify the single-origin chocolate’s natural flavor. It’s really next-level chocolate. Sochatti is vegan and kosher (and nut free and dairy free). I’ll wait while you add SoChatti to your Hanukkah Harry wish list. It’s even available on Amazon. Get $5 off your first order of SoChatti on Amazon with the code 25WANNAEAT.
Think of tasting SoChatti like you would wine. Now you could totally try the chocolate sample the chocolate on its own. Here’s how it works. Warm the pouches up in warm water or get the official Sochatti warmer once it is released! Have your guests use the pouch like a piping bag to drizzle rich, warm chocolate on a tasting spoon and see what flavors they can pick up and the different notes in the chocolates. The nice part is when you’re finished tasting, you can simply store the chocolate at room temp until you want to enjoy it next time. Mmm. Living in Puerto Rico, I was excited to try the Dominican Republic variety with notes of cherrywood and rum.
I also tried a Fiji variety with a toasted marshmallow finish, and a Tanzanian one with blueberry notes and a rich, dark finish. I think the Fiji one was my favorite but they are all so good! The chocolate is small batch, so once it sells out, it’s gone! They are always adding new flavor profiles, but if there is one you want to try, it will not be available forever.
You’ve never had chocolate like this before. You can read more about how founder Matt Rubin started SoChatti on their site. It’s a cute story. About how he wanted to please his newly lactose intolerant chocolate-loving wife. Happy wife happy life they say! Anyway, what could be better than a latke/chocolate tasting party! Nothing that I can think of.
Some other latke bar tips:
- Don’t do all the work yourself! Have guests each bring a latke topping of their choice and you can even have guests vote for their favorite! Winner gets a fun prize.
- Make the latkes ahead of time! You don’t want to be in the kitchen your whole party. Fry per usual, and then freeze them on a cookie sheet and pack in a freezer-safe resealable bag. When ready to serve, let latkes thaw slightly and reheat in a 375 degree F oven. Check out my other latke tips here.
- Get crafty/clean out the fridge: Now is the time to put out those random (not expired) sauces and chutneys. I won’t tell. Potatoes are a vehicle for all your favorite flavors!
- Some of my favorites: sour cream, applesauce, guacamole, nuts, sprinkles, chutneys, jams, curry sauces, lox, schmear, fresh veggies, herbs, fresh fruit, salsa, cheese and now Sochatti!
- Prep your bowls: make sure you have enough bowls and serving spoons for all the toppings. Plus plates and forks for your guests. Don’t worry if they match! Eclectic is in right now.
In addition to sampling SoChatti right out of the packet, I topped a latke with the chocolate, almonds and rainbow sprinkles because duh. SoChatti has tons of recipe ideas right on their site too! Get creative!
This post is sponsored by SoChatti. As always, I only talk about brands that I love. Thanks for supporting the brands that support WJWE!