If you take a holiday in Italy, maybe you should try this ‘classic’ italian combination: eggplant and chocolate

I do love this pairing as it is an nice example that surprising combinations have been there throughout the ages (what is surprising in one culture can be very obvious in another) and of course they also result from a Foodpairing(R) analysis. Italian monks found by accident this combination. Luckily we have the equipment and method to find new pairings much more efficient.

Find here more combinations with cooked eggplant in a dynamic visualization which we call ‘a Foodpairing tree’.
Each branch is a category, like meat, dairy,… Scroll over the categories to find which category it is.
Click on the categories to find more examples.
Click on the ingredients to have some explanation about the product.
The closer to the middle the better the match. So litchi, oyster, potato, chicken,… all good ideas. We didn’t taste anything. It all results from scientific analysis.
This is a more advanced visualization of what we launched almost 5 years and almost 1000 flavor analysis ago. Enjoy!

A recipe of the eggplant – chocolate pairing you can find e.g. here

By looking into the tree you can also find apirings like one of my favorite with eggplant by Josean Martinez Alija of the Guggenheim restaurant in Bilbao: eggplant – licorice – olive oil. Recipe you can find here.

Be inspired! For more


I got a request from Mark Gaffney (@Umami5) what he could combine with Honeysuckle syrup.
I knew honeysuckle but didn’t knew it was also used as an ingredient.

After analyzing, this is what you e.g. get as a Foodpairing tree 

Next time you’re making a Martini dry, you could add Honeysuckle syrup. Or add floral notes to a glass of champagne. Or add it to a salad with tomato and basil.
We also added the dynamic tree of Honeysuckle in dynamic Foodpairing trees Look in the section of herbs and spices.


German health officials said that cucumbers imported from Spain was one source of a recent deadly E. coli outbreak in northern states that killed several people and made hundreds sick. 
They came back on that, but maybe you are still afraid (you shouldn’t, but in case you are). What could replace cucumber in your dishes or cocktails?

Well, one of the typical flavors of cucumber is (E,Z)-2,6-nonadienal. A molecule which you make when you are cutting cucumber (as by cutting you mix enzymes and fatty acids of the cucumber. The enzymes will cut the fatty acid into 2 parts, one of them being the cucumber flavor).
Where else can you find this molecules if you want to make a Pimm’s cocktail?

You can find the cucumber flavor also in:
- borage flowers
- mango
- watermelon
- Hendrick’s gin…
So mango in your Pimm’s cocktail? Or go directly for the Hendrick’s :)


Heston Blumenthal about strawberry combinations (edition  of “In search of perfection: Trifle” of a few years ago) Thaught about this one seeing a trailer on Belgian television.

Of course all easy to explain by using Foodpairing (what did you expect :)): strawberry-black pepper; strawberry-olive oil; strawberry-black olive; strawberry-sherry;…. In the same Foodpairing tree, you see the combination of lobster, pea, strawberry (a combination made by Sang-Hoon Degeimbre of L’air du temps)
More combinations and recipes with strawberries: (if you want to have it in Dutch or French you can select, the language in the right upper corner)


Got a cashew apple juice cocktail movie posted om my facebook;

(source picture)

And as we have the flavor analysis of cashew apple juice, which other combinations could you make? What would it give to make a sherry- banana – cashew apple juice cocktail? Any other suggestions based on the Foodpairing tree?

The dynamic tree you can find at Select in the right column of the tool cashew apple juice by scrolling into the category of the drinks.


While reading the website of Starchefs, I came across some Rum cocktails easy to explain by Foodpairing;
- Rum, apple, clove and lemon (Mixologist and Co-owner Johnny Santiago of Jo’s – New York, NY)

- Rum, bell pepper, limonade (Mixologist Eben Freeman of Tailor – New York, NY)

Looking to the Foodpairing tree of Havana Rum you see all these combinations popping up.

Also classical combinations with Havana Club 7 like the Golden Apple.


I stumbled upon this icecream truck: Big gay ice cream truck by scrolling through the new Food inspiration. I don’t know what their quality of icecream is, but the combinations they make are quite fun. And they have all sorts of goodies that you can add. So what can be combined with their salty pimp, a vanilla icecream with dulce de leche, chocolate and salt?

Well, let’s have a look at the Foodpairing of dulce de leche : combines with Rambutan (exotic fruit), but also cayenne pepper (one of their goodies). Coffee, tea, soy paste?


This was a quote we got from Hayden Lambert on Foodpairing :

Bernard, I love the site and I know the boys here at the merchant hotel use it often in conjunction with the flavour bible. It allows me to combine flavours that as a bartender I had no idea would work well together!
Here is a drink I created and helped me win the 42below cocktail world cup london final!”
Catch 42 #2
50mls 42Below pure vodka
30mls Clear Tomato juice (plum tomato’s)
17.5mls Clear Passion fruit puree
15mls clear lime juice
10mls Monin sugar syrup
1small pinch of salt
Cherry tomato garnish
Vodka links to passion fruit and tomato to passion fruit. For Bloody Mary the spices make the link. Go to Foodpairing trees to see the dynamic Foodpairing tree of Grey Goose Vodka.