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Flavor Charts

Creativity and imagination is part of the fun of baking from scratch. Be adventurous and open to new flavors, go ahead and try unique combinations...you never know...you may just create the next big flavor trend.

As a rule of thumb, desserts usually only have one or two predominant flavors, and some may have small amounts of additional flavor elements to help support the main flavor combination. Try to avoid combining too many flavors together, this can result in dulling all the flavors and nothing will stand out.

Found a flavor combination you like? Check out our TIPS page for more ideas and bring your creation to life!

The following chart gives some ideas on compatible flavors used in baking:

FRUIT PAIRINGS
MAIN INGREDIENT
FRUIT SPICE LIQUOR MISC

APPLE

Blackberry, Blackcurrant  Cranberry, Dates, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Oranges, Pear, Pumpkin, Persimmon, Quince, Raisin, Rhubarb

Allspice, Anise, Brown Sugar, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Lavender, Mace, Nutmeg, Tea, Vanilla 

Amaretto, Brandy, Calvados, Cognac, Frangelico, Grand Marnier, Rum, Sherry, Wine 

Almond, Bacon, Brie, Caramel, Cheddar Cheese, Chestnut, Goat Cheese, Gruyere, Hazelnut, Honey, Maple Syrup, Marzipan, Oatmeal, Pecan, Walnut

APRICOT

Banana, Blackberry, Blueberry, Boysenberry, Cherry, Cranberry, Dates, Figs, Guava, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pineapple, Plum, Raisin, Raspberry, Strawberry, 

Cardamom, Dill, Ginger, Orange Blossom Water, Rose Water, Tea, Vanilla

Amaretto, Brandy, Bourbon, Cognac, Nut Flavored Liqueurs, Orange Liqueur, Dessert Wines, White Wine

Almond, Bacon, Caramel, Coconut, Cream Cheese, Fennel, Hazelnut, Honey, Maple, Mascarpone, Marzipan, Oatmeal, Pistachio, Walnut, White Chocolate

BANANA

Apricot, Blueberry, Cherry, Date, Fig, Guava, Kiwi, Kumquat, Lime, Mango, Orange, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Strawberry

Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Tea, 

Brandy, Cognac, Bourbon, Kirsch, Rum, 

Caramel, Coconut,  Coffee, Creme Fraiche,Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Honey, Macadamia, Maple, Oatmeal, Pecan, Walnut, White Chocolate, 

BLACKBERRY

Apple, Boysenberry, Elderberry, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Melon, Nectarine, Peach, Pear, Raspberry, Rhubarb, Strawberry, Tangerine

Cinnamon, Ginger, Mint, Tea, Vanilla

Brandy, Cognac, Bourbon, Kirsch, Liqueur-berry flavored, Rum, Sauternes

Almond, Cream Cheese, Creme Fraiche, Dark Chocolate, Goat Cheese, Hazelnut, Honey, Oatmeal, White chocolate

BLACK CURRANT

Apple, Boysenberry, Cherry, Figs, Peach, Pear, Prune, Raspberry, Strawberry

Basil, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Tea

Brandy, Bourbon, White Wine

Almond, Brie, Carrot, Fennel, Gruyere, Honey

BLUEBERRY

Apple, Apricot, Banana, Elderberry, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Nectarine, Orange, Peach, Raspberry, Strawberry

Cinnamon, Ginger,    Jasmine, Lemon Grass, Orange Blossom Water, Tea, Vanilla

Cognac, Liqueur-berry flavored, Liqueur-orange flavored, White Wine

Almond, Blue Cheese, Brown Sugar, Camembert, Cream Cheese, Honey, Maple, Oatmeal, White Chocolate

CHERRY

Apricot, Banana, Currant, Fig, Kiwi, Lychee, Lemon, Nectarine, Peach, Pineapple, Plum, Quince

Cardamom, Chai, Cinnamon, Ginger, Jasmine, Mace, Mint, Nutmeg, Orange Blossom Water, Tea, Vanilla 

Amaretto, Armagnac, Brandy, Champagne, Frangelico, Grand Marnier, Kirsch, Muscat, Port, Rum

Almond, Caramel, Coconut, Cream Cheese, Dark Chocolate, Goat Cheese, Hazelnut, Marzipan, Mascarpone Cheese, Oatmeal, Pecan, Walnut, White Chocolate

CRANBERRY

Apple, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear, Persimmon, Pumpkin, Quince

Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Orange Blossom Water, Vanilla

Amaretto, Brandy, Frangelico, Grand Marnier, 

Almond, Carrot, Goat Cheese, Hazelnut, Honey, Mozzarella, Oatmeal, Pistachio, Walnut, White Chocolate

DATE

Apple, Apricot, Banana, Fig, Lemon, Lime, Nectarine, Orange, Prune, Quince, Raisin, Tangerine

Cinnamon, Ginger,  Orange Blossom Water, Tea, Vanilla

Armagnac, Brandy, Red Wine, Rum, 

Almond, Bacon, Caramel, Coconut, Coffee, Cream Cheese, Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Honey, Macadamia, Marzipan, Oatmeal, Pecan, Ricotta, Walnut

ELDERBERRY

Blackberry, Blueberry, Boysenberry, Gooseberry, Lime, Orange, Peach, Raspberry, Strawberry, Tangerine

Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg

Brandy, White Wine

Almond, Creme Fraiche, Dark Chocolate, Honey, Vanilla

FIG

Apple, Banana, Cherry, Date, Guava, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Orange, Pear, Peach, Prune, Quince, Raisin, Raspberry, 

Anise, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Lavender, Mace, Mint, Rosemary, Thyme, Vanilla

Brandy, Chambord, Cognac, Curacao, Bourbon,  Marsala, Kirsch, Port, Red Wine, Rum, Sherry,

Almond, Blue Cheese, Brie, Caramel, Chestnut, Coconut, Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Goat Cheese, Hazelnut, Honey, Marzipan, Oatmeal, Pecan, Pistachio, Prosciutto, Ricotta, Walnut, White Chocolate

GRAPEFRUIT

Banana, Blood Orange, Cranberry, Lemon, Lime, Melon, Orange, Papaya, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Raspberry

Camomile, Cardamom, Cilantro, Ginger, Mint, Orange Blossom Water, Rosemary, Peppermint, Tea

Campari, Champagne, Cointreau, Gin, Sherry, Vodka, White Wine

Avocado, Caramel, Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Gruyere, Honey, Pecan, Poppyseed, Walnut

GRAPE 

Blackberry, Lemon, Melon, Orange, Pear, Raspberry, Strawberry

Cinnamon, Mint, Peppermint, Rose Water, Tea

Brandy, Bourbon, Sherry, White Wine

Almond, Blue Cheese, Brie, Carrot, Creme Fraiche, Goat Cheese, Gruyere, Hazelnut, Honey, Pecan, White Chocolate

GUAVA

Banana, Cherry, Coconut, Lemon, Lime, Lychee, Mango, Orange, Strawberry, Tangerine

Basil, Ginger, Juniper, Lavender, Mint, Poppyseed

Rum, Sauternes, Vodka, White Wine 

Brie, Carrot, Coconut, Cream Cheese, Dark Chocolate, Gruyere, Hazelnut, Honey, Macadamia, Vanilla, Walnut, White Chocolate

KIWI

Apple, Banana, Cherry, Lemon, Lime,  Lychee, Mango, Orange, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Strawberry, Tamarillo, Tangerine

Cardamom, Camomile, Lavender, Orange Blossom Water

Kirsch, Rum, Sauternes

Avocado, Blue Cheese, Coconut, Cucumber, Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Honey, Macadamia, Pecan, Prosciutto, Walnut, White Chocolate

KUMQUAT

Apple (green), Banana, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cranberry,  Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mango, Papaya, Persimmon, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Pumpkin, Quince, Raspberry, Strawberry

Anise, Basil, Camomile, Cardamom, Ginger, Mace, Mint, Nutmeg, Orange Blossom Water, Tea, Vanilla

Gin, Muscat, Rum, White Wine

Brie, Coconut, Creme Anglaise, Fennel, Gruyere, Hazelnut, Honey, Pecan, Poppyseed, Walnut, White Chocolate

LEMON

Apple, Apricot, Banana, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Cranberry, Currant, Elderberry, Grapefruit, Grape, Guava, Kumquat, Lime, Mango, Nectarine, Orange, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Pear, Plum, Prune, Quince, Raspberry, Rhubarb, Strawberry

Anise, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cumin, Ginger, Jasmine, Lavender, Mace, Mint, Tea, Thyme, Vanilla

Gin, Muscat, Rum, White Wine

Almond, Caramel, Chestnut, Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Goat Cheese, Hazelnut, Honey, Mascarpone, Oats, Pecan, Pine Nut, Pistachio, Poppyseed, Ricotta, Walnut

LIME

Apricot, Banana, Date, Fig, Elderberry, Grapefruit, Guava, Kumquat, Lemon, Lychee, Orange, Mango, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Persimmon, Pineapple, Raspberry, Strawberry, 

Anise, Basil, Camomile, Cardamom, Cilantro, Juniper, Lavender, Tea, Vanilla

Brandy, Cognac, Gin, Rum, Sauternes, Tequila, Vodka

Caramel, Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Fennel, Hazelnut, Honey, Macadamia, Maple

MANGO

Banana, Blackberry, Blueberry, Kumquat, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Pear, Pineapple, Raspberry, Strawberry, Tangerine

Anise, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Mint, Peppermint, Rose Water, Vanilla

Kirsch, Rum, Sauternes, White Wine

Almond, Brie, Caramel, Coconut, Hazelnut, Honey, Macadamia, Sesame, White Chocolate

NECTARINE

Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Cranberry, Fig, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Plum, Raspberry, Strawberry

Anise, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Lavender, Mace, Mint, Orange Blossom Water, Rosemary, Vanilla

Brandy, Cassis, Cognac, Cointreau, Kirsch, Rum, White Wine

Almond, Caramel, Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Feta, Hazelnut, Honey, Maple, Mascarpone, Oats, Pecan, Pistachio, White Chocolate

ORANGE

Apple, Apricot, Banana, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Cranberry, Date, Elderberry, Fig, Gooseberry, Grapefruit, Guava, Kumquat, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Nectarine, Orange, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Pear, Persimmon, Plum, Pomegranate, Prune,  Pumpkin, Quince, Raisin, Raspberry, Rhubarb, Strawberry

Anise, Basil, Cardamom, Chipotle, Cinnamon, Clove, Cumin, Dill, Ginger, Lavender, Mace, Nutmeg, Rose Water, Tea, Thyme, Vanilla

Amaretto, Bourbon, Brandy, Calvados, Cassis, Chambord, Champagne, Cognac, Frangelico, Grand Marnier, Kirsch, Port, Rum, Sherry, Whiskey, Wine 

Almond, Caramel, Chestnut, Coconut, Coffee, Cream Cheese, Dark Chocolate, Fennel, Goat Cheese, Gruyere, Hazelnut, Honey, Maple, Marzipan, Mascarpone Cheese, Oatmeal, Pecan, Pistachio, Poppyseed, Walnut, White Chocolate

PAPAYA

Banana, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Kumquat, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Orange, Passion Fruit, Peach, Pineapple, Raspberry, Strawberry 

Cayenne, Coriander, Cumin, Ginger, Jasmine, Mint, Peppermint, Vanilla

Bourbon, Champagne, Port, White Wine

Blue Cheese, Brie, Caramel, Chilies, Coconut, Fennel, Macadamia, Parmesan, White Chocolate,  

PASSION FRUIT

Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Orange, Papaya, Pineapple, Raspberry, Strawberry,

Ginger, Lemon Grass, Mint, Peppermint, Rose Water, Tea, Vanilla

Amaretto, Brandy, Champagne, White Wine

Almond, Blue Cheese, Brie, Caramel, Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Fennel, Macadamia, White Chocolate

PEACH

Apricot, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Currant, Fig, Lemon, Lime, Nectarine, Orange, Papaya, Plum, Raspberry, Strawberry

Basil, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Mint, Peppermint, Tea, Vanilla

Bourbon, Brandy, Calvados, Cassis, Chambord, Champagne, Cognac, Cointreau, Frangelico, Grand Marnier, Kirsch, Madeira, Port, Rum, Sherry, Wine 

Almond, Caramel, Coconut, Creme Fraiche, Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Honey, Maple, Marzipan, Mascarpone, Oats, Pecan, Pistachio, Praline, Walnut, White Chocolate

PEAR

Apple, Blackberry, Cherry, Cranberry, Currant, Date, Fig, Lemon, Lingonberry, Orange, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Prune, Quince, Raisin, Raspberry, Tangerine

Anise, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Mace, Nutmeg, Orange Blossom Water, Peppermint, Tea, Vanilla

Amaretto, Armagnac,  Bourbon, Brandy, Calvados, Cassis, Curacao, Grand Marnier, Kirsch, Marsala, Poire William, Port, Red Wine, Rum, White Wine

Almond, Blue Cheese, Brie, Caramel, Cheddar, Chestnut, Creme Fraiche, Dark Chocolate, Feta, Goat Cheese, Hazelnut, Honey, Macadamia, Maple, Marzipan, Mascarpone, Oat, Pecan, Pistachio, Walnut, White Chocolate

PERSIMMON

Cherry, Cranberry, Grapefruit, Kumquat, Lemon, Nectarine, Orange 

Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Mace, Nutmeg, Orange Blossom Water, Vanilla

Brandy, Cassis, Cognac, Curacao, Grand Marnier, Kirsch, Whiskey

Brown Sugar, Caramel, Coffee, Creme Anglaise, Hazelnut, Honey, Maple, Oat, Pecan, Walnut

PINEAPPLE

Apricot, Banana, Cherry, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Kumquat, Lime, Mango, Melon, Orange, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Raspberry, Strawberry

Camomile, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Mint

Brandy, Cognac, Bourbon, Kirsch, Muscat, Rum, Sauternes

Almond, Blue Cheese, Brie, Caramel, Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Honey, Macadamia, Maple, Peanut

PLUM

Cherry, Cranberry, Fig, Kumquat, Lemon, Nectarine, Orange, Peach, Raspberry, Rhubarb, Strawberry

Anise, Basil, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Dill, Ginger, Mace, Nutmeg, Rose Water, Vanilla

Amaretto, Brandy, Cognac, Frangelico, Gin, Grand Marnier, Kirsch, Rum, Wine 

Almond, Blue Cheese, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Honey, Maple, Marzipan, Parmesan, Pecan, Sesame, Walnut, White Chocolate

PRUNE

Apple, Apricot, Currant, Date, Fig, Lemon, Orange, Pear, Raisin, Tangerine

Anise, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Tea

Armagnac, Amaretto,  Bourbon, Brandy, Cognac, Frangelico, Kirsch, Poire William, Port, Rum, Sherry, Wine

Almond, Caramel, Chestnut, Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Honey, Maple, Marzipan, Pecan, Pistachio, Walnut, White Chocolate

PUMPKIN

Apple, Cranberry, Kiwi, Kumquat, Orange, Pomegranate, Raisin, Raspberry, Strawberry, Tangerine

Allspice, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Mace, Nutmeg, Sage, Thyme, Vanilla 

Bourbon, Brandy, Cassis, Chambord, Cognac, Curacao, Frangelico, Grand Marnier, Rum, Sherry

Bacon, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Coconut, Cream Cheese, Gruyere, Hazelnut, Honey, Maple, Molasses, Pecan, Walnut, White Chocolate

QUINCE

Apple, Cherry, Cranberry, Date, Fig, Kumquat, Lemon, Nectarine, Orange, Pear, Raspberry

Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Tea, Vanilla

Armagnac, Brandy, Cognac, Poire William, Red Wine, Rum, White Wine

Almond, Caramel, Creme Anglaise, Hazelnut, Honey, Maple, Marzipan, Pecan, Walnut

RASPBERRY

Apple, Apricot, Banana, Blackberry, Blueberry, Currant, Elderberry, Fig, Gooseberry, Grapefruit, Grape, Lemon, Lime, Lychee, Mango, Melon, Nectarine, Orange, Papaya, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Plum, Quince, Raspberry, Rhubarb,  Strawberry, Tangerine

Basil, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Jasmine, Mint, Nutmeg, Orange Blossom Water, Peppermint, Tea, Vanilla

Amaretto, Brandy, Cassis, Calvados, Chambord, Champagne, Cognac, Curacao, Frangelico, Grand Marnier, Kirsch, Port, Rum, Sauternes, Wine 

Almond, Brie, Caramel, Coconut, Cream Cheese, Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Honey, Macadamia, Maple, Mascarpone, Pecan, Pistachio, White Chocolate

RHUBARB

Apple, Blackberry, Cherry, Cranberry, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Pear, Plum, Pumpkin, Raspberry, Strawberry

Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Mace, Pepper, Vanilla

Brandy, Bourbon, Chambord, Cognac, Curacao, Kirsch, Rum, Sherry, White Wine

Blue Cheese, Caramel, Creme Fraiche, Goat Cheese, Hazelnut, Honey, Mascarpone, Oat, Pecan, White Chocolate

STRAWBERRY

Apricot, Banana, Blackberry, Currant, Elderberry, Fig, Grapefruit, Guava, Kiwi, Kumquat, Lemon, Lime, Lychee, Mango, Nectarine, Orange, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Peach, Pineapple, Plum, Raspberry, Rhubarb

Allspice, Anise, Balsamic, Basil, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Mint, Nutmeg, Orange Blossom Water, Peppermint, Rose Water, Tea

Amaretto, Brandy, Cassis, Champagne, Cognac, Curacao, Grand Marnier, Kirsch, Port, Rum, Sambuca, Sherry, Tequila, Wine

Almond, Blue Cheese, Caramel, Coconut, Cream Cheese, Creme Fraiche, Dark Chocolate, Gruyere, Hazelnut, Honey, Maple, Marzipan, Mascarpone, Pecan, Pistachio, Violet, Walnut, White Chocolate

 

 

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