Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! (and Tea)

The other day I was drinking tea (as always) and thinking of chocolate (also as always). Then, I had some chocolate and started thinking about tea! It seems to be a fairly common occurrence, as a bit of online searching revealed.

See the article about my great tea and sea salt chocolate experiment for an explanation of the above.
See the article about my great tea and sea salt chocolate experiment for an explanation of the above.

Awhile back, Lainie Petersen, well known to readers of this blog, had a chocothon all by herself. She tried three versions of chocolate (dark, white, and milk) with a hojicha green tea. The results were quite revealing. She also recently stated that chocolate with jasmine tea is a favorite combo. Being a great sipper of tea, she is certainly one who knows!

Another blogger tried several teas paired with several chocolates and had more revelations. These pairings all worked well:

  • white tea with milk chocolate
  • green tea with milk chocolate
  • scented floral tea with ginger flavored dark chocolate
  • oolong tea with green and black dark chocolate
  • oolong tea with bittersweet dark chocolate
  • black huckleberry tea with white chocolate
  • black huckleberry tea with milk chocolate

A couple of years ago Tea Consultant Lisa Boalt Richardson had mouths watering at the America’s Mart International Gift Show when she and tea company owner Beth Johnston showed how tea and chocolate paired together. There is such an interest in the subject that she conducts Tea and Chocolate Pairing Seminars and gives presentations on the subject at the World Tea Expo.

Yours truly did my own mini tea and chocolate pairing taste test to find what tea went best with salt chocolate. (See photo above.)

Lots of information is out there in cyberspace about what tea goes with what chocolate. You could spend hours going through it all, or you can read my handy compilation of the pairings that I spent hours looking up (does not include tea-infused chocolates):

Milk Chocolate

  • Black teas that can take milk, such as Assam, English Breakfast Blend, Earl Grey, Yunnan
  • Oolongs
  • Darjeelings (the flush and garden were not specified)
  • Green teas, such as Gen Mai Cha, Dragonwell, Sencha, Jasmine Green, Matcha
  • Teas with a roasted or “toasty” quality, such as Houjicha Green Tea or Wu Yi Oolong
  • Masala chai (strong black tea blended with mixed spices) traditionally simmered directly in milk
  • White Peony (Pai Mu Tan, Bai Mu Dan)
  • Some flavored teas such as Black Huckleberry (full leaf blended with raspberry, cornflower and rose hip, citrus note, full body, sweet under tone, coppery liquid)
  • Herbal infusions
  • Organic spicy ginger yerba maté

Dark Chocolate

  • Black teas that can take milk: Assam, Keemun, Earl Grey
  • Lapsang Souchong and similar smoked teas
  • Darjeelings (the flush and garden were not specified)
  • Bai Hao Oolong rich in Honey notes
  • Really floral oolongs such as Ti Kuan Yin Oolong
  • Both plain and scented green teas: Gyokuro, Matcha, Hojicha, Jasmine Green Tea, Jasmine-scented Pouchong
  • Pu-erh (again, the specific type was not named)
  • White teas including White Peony (Pai Mu Tan, Bai Mu Dan)
  • Some flavored teas such as Vanilla Cream Tea and Black Huckleberry (full leaf blended with raspberry, cornflower and rose hip, citrus note, full body, sweet under tone, coppery liquid)

White Chocolate

  • Black teas that can take milk, such as Assam and Yunnan
  • Spicy teas, such as Masala Chai Black Tea
  • Darjeelings (the flush and garden were not specified)
  • Oolong such as Dung Ti
  • Green teas: Sencha, Matcha, Gen Mai Cha, Dragonwell, Hojicha
  • White teas, such as White Peony (Pai Mu Tan, Bai Mu Dan) and Silver Needle
  • Black Huckleberry Tea (full leaf blended with raspberry, cornflower and rose hip, citrus note, full body, sweet under tone, coppery liquid.)
  • Herbal infusions

Flavored/Filled Chocolates

  • Green teas such as Sencha, Gyokuro, Jasmine Green, Hojicha
  • Oolongs
  • Earl Grey
  • Lapsang Souchong
  • Citrus flavored tea paired with citrus flavored chocolate
  • Fruit flavored tea paired with fruit flavored chocolate
  • Floral scented tea paired with floral flavored chocolate
  • Unflavored tea, naturally reveals flavor notes to similar filling in chocolate
  • Flavored teas such as masala chai, almond cookies green tea, and strawberry black tea

Simple, eh? Now, uncross your eyes and head out to buy some chocolate, then rush home and steep some tea to enjoy with it. At least, that’s what I’m gonna do!

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