Romance = your fireplace, favorite dinner, and a choice vintage crescendoing to an epic dessert experience that’s not allowed to fail. Enter a chocolate and tea pairing! It’s surprising how many tea varieties and chocolates out there share similar floral notes, fruit aromas, and varying levels of astringency.
Here are some of Choice Organic Teas’ head tea sommelier suggested pairings based not only on flavor but keyed to the following relationship types:
Crush – Light-headed, giddy, can’t get the object of your affection off your mind kind of moment…best expressed with dark chocolate filled with fruit and nuts paired with Earl Grey & Lavender tea. The citrus in Earl Grey’s bergamot oil compliments the fruit’s sweet flavors while the lavender’s herbal nuance balances the tea and chocolate’s acidity.
Sweet Romance – True white chocolate (made with real cocoa butter, sugar, milk and vanilla) pairs perfectly with jasmine blossom scented tea. Jasmine comes from the Persian “yasmin,” meaning gift from God. The ethereal nature of this floral green tea compliments the rich and creamy, yet delicate flavors of cocoa butter.
Steady Relationship – Salt, one of the most essential ingredients in any recipe, goes perfectly with Darjeeling, often considered the Champagne of teas. Darjeeling’s naturally bright fruit flavor and subtle floral aroma compliment the creamy caramel, chocolate and hint of salt.
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