Curious as to just how many people are toasting with champagne New Year’s Eve? Well, about 360 million glasses of champagne will be consumed on that festive night. As you’re wondering what to nosh on with that sparkly vino, we spoke with Meghan Remedios, Senior Marketing Associate at Nuts.com, to find out the best pairings, from Turkish figs to dark chocolate covered espresso beans.
1. Berry mix
“Berries and champagne are a classic pairing, which is why we love sipping our sparkling drink alongside this medley of sweet and tart dried berries. The acidity of the champagne enhances the natural flavor of strawberries, sour cherries, cranberries, raspberries, blueberries, and bing cherries,” says Remedios. And did we mention these powerful fruits are packed with antioxidants and brimming with vitamins?
2. Dark chocolate covered almonds
Mmmm … chocolate. You don’t have to tell us twice. “The richness of dark chocolate and the nuttiness of crunchy almonds is perfect for sweeter champagnes. Chocolate lovers, be sure to look for dark or bittersweet varieties of chocolate, which go best with champagne because they are not overly sweet,” Remedios shares.
3. Cheddar half-popped popcorn
“Cheddar cheese and salty snacks like popcorn are an enticing match for the refreshing and light taste of champagne. This cheddar half-popped popcorn combines both, for one irresistible pairing you can count on again and again,” offers Remedios.
4. Southern heat mix
Put some south in yo’ mouth: “A sweet champagne can really take the edge off the heat in spicy dishes and snacks. That’s why we recommend this crowd-pleasing party mix of peanuts, pepitas, toasted corn kernels, flavored sesame and corn sticks, with an extra kick of spice!” exclaims Remedios.
5. Turkish figs
“These figs are plump and moist with just the right amount of sweetness to pair with your demi-sec. Serve them on a plate with an arrangement of cheese, nuts, and other dried fruits,” suggests Remedios. Fresh figs also make a wonderful complement to a glass of bubbly.
6. Mixed olives
“Olives aren’t just for martinis!” Remedios reminds us (though they may be relegated to that as their primary role this time of year). “The bitter, salty taste of these green and Kalamata olives from Greece complements the crisp acidity of the champagne. Plus, they add simple elegance to any appetizer spread,” Remedios adds.
7. Dark chocolate covered espresso beans
“Welcome the new year with a tall glass of bubbly, followed by smooth dark chocolate, and a kick of espresso. Champagne will prime your palate for the finest hand-picked estate Arabica espresso beans dipped in luscious dark chocolate,” says Remedios. Talk about a jolt and buzz we can get behind.