When we create this flavour combination, people seem to be rather surprised by the combination because no one seems to have done this flavour combination before. Most people would associate the combination with Hawaiian pizza (that's not the reason we name the chocolate after Honolulu though) - but funnily enough, Hawaiian pizza originates from Canada! Don't ever ask for pineapples on pizzas in Italy or you will get some very rude looks from Italian chefs!
Our blog post on this pineapple & tomato chocolate tells you the story behind the development of this chocolate.
The use of pineapples and tomatoes in cooking is quite common around the world, from Asia to South America, you will find this combination. Have you ever had any sweet & sour dishes from Chinese restaurants or takeaways? Now, pineapple and tomato are two main ingredients in this sauce, and here's Albert's recipe on how to make sweet & sour sauce (it's so easy and you can keep this for weeks in the fridge, so you don't have to buy ready-made sweet and sour sauce any more):
Albert's Sweet & Sour Sauce Recipe
- 250g Sugar
- 400ml Water
- 200ml White Rice vinegar
- 1⁄2 tsp Salt
- 200ml Ketchup
- 175ml Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Onion - diced to 2cm pieces
- 1 Red pepper - diced to 2cm pieces
- 1 Yellow pepper - diced to 2cm pieces
- 1 Green pepper - diced to 2cm pieces
- 1 can of Pineapple Chunks
- Dissolve sugar in water in a saucepan, in low heat
- Slice lemon, squeeze juice from the lemon slices, and put the juice and lemon slices in pan to boil for 10 minutes
- Add salt to rice vinegar and mix together
- Then add vinegar to the mix and put on low heat to boiling point
- Add Worcestershire sauce to the mix and boil for another 5 minutes
- Take out lemon pieces
- Add ketchup and bring to boil, then put on low to medium heat to simmer for another 10 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken. Leave to cool a bit and then put in a container - you can store
- In the meantime, heat some oil in a wok and fry the onion pieces until translucent, then add in the diced peppers and fry for another 2-3 minutes. Then add about 10 tablespoonful of the sauce to the mixture.