The addition of something spicy, salty, or sweet from your pantry can turn any midnight chocolate binge into a classy culinary experience. If you’re at a loss as to where to start, check out this handy visual guide from the international hotel chain Swissôtel. The infographic gives a brief run-down of the history of milk, dark, and white chocolate and suggests out-of-the-box pairings for each variety.

If you think serving dark chocolate with chili peppers sounds unusual, they also include a “For the Adventurous” section that lists bleu cheese, olives, and fried onions as possible pairings. Milk chocolate is described as pairing well with bananas and bacon, while white chocolate is supposedly perfectly matched with caviar and wasabi. The guide also provides an overview of the chocolate-making process, the compositions of each variety, and a graph charting chocolate preferences by nation. This is just one of several infographics from the hotel chain—they've also published a sushi-eating visual for guests traveling to Japan. You can read through their chocolate guide below.

Think Outside the Chocolate Box - A Guide to Chocolate Pairings

Produced by Swissotel Hotels & Resorts