Every year on October 31st (or thereabouts), it’s “Ding dong — trick or treat” time! Some of us, though, tend to hide out, keeping the lights down low or off altogether, and gobble up those treats in a special tea time (tea mishaps in the dark are a small price to pay). How piggish of us!
But can you blame us? There are some treats that are available only for the Halloween season, so we have to make the most of it. The majority of these treats is candy, and there is a tendency to forego our usually healthy diet in favor of these sweets.
An online search revealed, though, that search engines are tending to pop up articles first that discourage trick-or-treating altogether and list at the top of the results such articles as “How to Keep Your Kids Away from Sweets at Halloween.” Political correctness dominating the Internet. Still, the stores, both brick-and-mortar and online, are well-stocked with the usual assortment and some not so usual choices. While Yahoo and Google have adjusted their algorithms to make certain anti-treat articles appear at the top, consumers are voting with their wallets for those candy pumpkins, mini chocolate bars, licorice is a variety of colors and shapes, and a horde of others.
Hm…discouraging the kiddies from collecting those special treats could be advantageous to us adults. No need to hide out. We could bring out that bag of mini chocolate bars and have some with a nice pot of tea. Hey, everybody keeps saying how healthy tea is, right? So it should balance out the chocolate. And the high-fructose corn syrup. And the artificial colors and flavors. Etcetera.
A few tea options:
- Assam — best with dark chocolate
- Darjeeling — best with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate
- Dragonwell —best with milk chocolate and white chocolate
- Earl Grey — best with dark chocolate
- Gyokuro — best with dark chocolate
- Oolong — best with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate
- Pu-erh — best with dark chocolate
- Sencha — best with milk chocolate and white chocolate
- Yunnan — best with milk chocolate and white chocolate
And even though they’re not the usual things to drop into those trick-or-treat bags, pecan and pumpkin tarts will accompany those teas and chocolates. Some Ceylon tea, either black or green, would also go great with these tarts.
Oops! Just dribbled some saliva on my keyboard. Time to sign off and turn off the lights. And if that doorbell rings, I’m definitely not home!
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