But it's also great with a pairing that can stand up to it, like Ficoco. We've been hearing about Ficoco for a while, but this was our first chance to taste it. It's not cheap - a jar was about $5.50 at Whole Foods - but still a small indulgence.
It's sweet, but nearly as sweet as we expected, with a deep richness from the figs. The cocoa comes in the aftertaste, with a tangy brightness of light chocolate. It has those nubby little fig seeds that crunch, too. It's totally delicious smeared over a cracker with a wedge of cheese like Humboldt Fog. Try it as a decadent appetizer, or as a good conclusion to a spring meal. You won't miss dessert at all if you substitute a cheese and spread like these.
What's your favorite thing to pair with goat cheese, and have you ever tried Ficoco?
• More about Ficoco: Ficoco website, with recipes for things like Figgy Rice Pudding and Ficoco Red Wine sauce.
• More about Humboldt Fog: The Cheesemonger meets The Winemonger: A Cheese and Wine Pairing Primer
(Images: Faith Durand)