Christmas is on its way and you may want to find a new exciting beverage for your guests. Just as there is a cocktail of different alcohols, beverages such as tea and chocolate can be paired to create a heavenly aroma and taste. If you are a chocoholic, tea and chocolate are the perfect combination. Long gone are the days where only wealthy families could enjoy cocoa and tea. This guide seeks to give you deeper depth on the perfect way to pair tea and chocolate.
If you don’t know anything about pairing tea and chocolate but curious to try it, how about this simple culinary adventure;
Looking for a milder and less intense taste, milk chocolate is your number one choice. It has 10 to 40% cocoa. Milk chocolate can be combined with different ingredients to give a smooth taste;
This is almost everyone’s favorite that’s high in caffeine with an Indian origin. It is a combination of ginger, clove, black pepper, cardamom and cinnamon. Add sugar and milk to give your tongue a delightful taste.
It has the same ingredients as the masala chai but with an addition of malt.
Hand blended in the USA, it’s made of sugar and Japanese green tea powder.
If you are more into bitter beverages then the dark chocolate is the perfect fit. It has 50 to 89% cocoa that gives it its bitter taste. Be careful not to choose a really mild tea as the intense bitter taste can overwhelm it. To get the earthly flavor of the dark chocolate, use strong flavored teas like;
Made of organic pu-erh, it is of medium caffeine and originates from the great Yunnan China. Its dark, creamy and luxurious flavor makes it a great mood setter on a chilly evening. It was used as a traditional wedding gift in the southwest of China. Only a dark chocolate can stand up to the earthly flavor of a pu-erh.
Oh, sweet green ecstasy! blended sencha with matcha. Its very simple to drink, energizing luxurious and completely addictive when paired with the strong dark chocolate. To protect the leaves from scalding use low temperature water.
It has a citrus taste that is hard to overpower. I suggest pairing it with any of the following for a refreshing taste;
High in caffeine but with a perfect pair for tea and chocolate.
It has notes of umami, morning dew grass and the ocean. If you love class and luxury get on of the most expensive teas on the market. Its exclusive, difficult and time consuming to make but yields one of the best teas. Combine with cacao chocolate you get a mouth drooling beverage.
Not only is the mainichi matcha a great delicacy but has immense health benefits. It is very energizing and can be taken every day. Paired with cacao chocolate its enjoyable whether hot or cold. Its caffeine is medium-high which makes it great for both tea and chocolate lovers.
Made of oolong tea and high in caffeine. It has notes of caramelized peaches, dandelion greens, black cherry and maple syrup. It is a premium tea that has a fruit flavor and sweet honey aroma.
If you love some pure rich fat get yourself the white chocolate, it's one of the best delicacies. It has the lavish cocoa butter and some milk and sugar. It lacks the sharpness that comes with cocoa nibs giving it a smooth taste. It blends well with tea that has an intense bite like;
It is a green tea from Fujian China that’s easy to prepare and when paired with the white chocolate you get a delicious combination.
It has a unique taste fresh pineapples and umami mouthfeel. Made of organic green tea and is low in caffeine if you are looking for something low in caffeine.
The shibumi matcha is filled with notes of green hay, steamed rice and Japanese sweet potatoes. It is one of the most delicious options for a smooth mouthfeel.
If you want the perfect liquid desert, this sweet matcha with a creamy tea blend is the best. You can take it hot or iced depending on your preferred choice.
Caramel goes perfectly with herbal teas like;
It is made by brewing green tea with sugar and spearmint leaves. To add some warmth and briskness it has notes of cardamom and ginger. It is low in caffeine.
It is one of the most classic mint teas that has notes of sage, menthol and honey drop. If you are on a caffeine diet and looking for the best tea and chocolate blend, this caffeine free beverage is what you should consider. Its menthol flavor also adds an alluring taste.
A sweet pairing is milk and chocolate as it gives a herbal blend. Its sweet, intense and earthly. The lavender gives it a balanced flavor and aroma.
A soothing, classic herbal tea that will leave you craving for more. It has notes of menthol and peppermint.
The dark truffle chocolate can easily be combined with any of these teas to get a heavenly taste;
If you are a caffeine addict, a combination of the truffle chocolate and the earl grey from the juggles of Yunnan is what you should get. It has notes of citrus, caramel, bergamot and pipe tobacco.
This is a green tea that’s commonly mistaken for the black tea. Its great for a malty experience that’s gotten from roasted grains, leaves and brown sugar.
It’s an everyday oolong that’s classy and a perfect combination with the dark truffle chocolate.
Contrasting: Find tea and chocolate that have completely different flavors. This allows the flavors to accentuate. An example is spicy black tea and plain creamy milk.
Complementing: The tea or chocolate may not have the same characteristics but have compatible flavors. A good example is the oolong tea with citrus chocolate.
Enhancing: Similarity also creates a perfect combination. Look for tea or chocolate with similar characteristics. For example, tea with nutty notes and a chocolate with nut ingredients.
Although brewing tea and chocolate is a delicious experiment, you can still infuse chocolate and tea bars and still experience the same. There has been a debate on whether tea and chocolate make a good combination, from the guide its clear learning how to pair the two can open up a whole new level of possibilities, enjoyment and excitement of an exceptional tea. You just have to understand the aroma, flavor, texture intensity and what compliments what.