Perfect pairing: spicy, sweet, sour, salty, umami

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Cheese and wine, summer and sun; some combinations just make a great fit.
Combining spicy, sweet, sour, salty, and umami on your favourite cracker will make your tastebuds sing.

Finding a mix of ingredients that rocks your world can be a game-changer. Whether it’s a combination that reminds you of your childhood, or a pairing that says summer in a bite, getting the balance right can make the difference between a forgettable snack and a completely unforgettable taste experience.



A good friend of both Sweet and Sour, spicy is a wonderful way of adding depth to a simple cracker selection. A thin ribbon of red chilli can add style and flair to the simplest of crackers; try chilli, cucumber and a drop of balsamic reduction on a Huntley & Palmers Cracked Pepper Sesameal, or add a touch of tabasco to a  cheese and tomato cracker for a flavour burst.



The perfect partner to Salty, sweet is fantastic with salty and umami. Mix the sweetness of beetroot with the saltiness of blue cheese; caramelised walnuts and pecans for a texture crunch that marries beautifully with a goat cheese or ricotta. Sweet flavours work particularly well with Huntley & Palmers Baked Oat Thins and aged cheese.



It’s no secret that a squeeze of citrus can wake up a dish, so imagine what this flavour burst can do for a simple cracker? The Chinese have long known the delights of marrying sweet and sour. Using sour flavours like yoghurts and pickles with sweet bites like candied nuts, you can create one tasty bite. Turn a double delight into a triple by adding spicy chilli jam for a taste triumph.



A good blue cheese, a splash of fish sauce or a salted cracker is always a popular flavour with snacks, because it goes so well with drinks. It’s a flavour that can combine with most other tastes: pair a Huntley & Palmers Quinoa Rice Cracker with feta, cucumber and something sweet like a chilli jam.



The newest flavour on the taste block, umami literally means ‘pleasant savoury taste’ in Japanese. The flavour is found in mushrooms, seaweed and Parmesan. Umami is delicate but versatile: try grilled mushrooms atop a Huntley & Palmers Flatbread with Camembert and fresh thyme, or pair a thin slice of rare roast beef with salty and sweet alternatives like blue cheese and baby greens.

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