Valentine’s Gift Basket - Truffle Teddy Bear (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

Valentine’s Gift Basket – Truffle Teddy Bear (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

A Valentine’s Day riddle: What’s plush and cuddly and sweet and hot and steamy? Answer: No, it’s not that… gee, people, this is a family-oriented blog! It’s a Valentine’s Day teatime with teddy bears and chocolates and tea!

What better way to say “You’re my Sweetie” than with sweets and tea (no, that’s not another riddle). Small wonder that chocolate sales skyrocket this time of year, in spite of folks doing their best to be good after feasting at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Don’t forget that New Year’s Eve bash with all those party foods and alcoholic beverages (and all those calories!). So, it’s also no wonder folks tend to pair chocolates with tea. Not only do the two tastes complement each other (when properly paired), but the tea is said to aid digestion and help in keeping your weight down (not sure, though, how accurate that claim is).

I kinda have my eye on that Valentine’s Truffle Teddy Bear Gift Basket with it’s 12” brown plush teddy bear and assortment of chocolates. We can enjoy them with possibly some of that appropriately named Lover’s Leap Estate tea that hubby and I enjoyed awhile back. I have even divvied up the chocolates as follows:

  • Cherry Cream Center Chocolates — 2 for hubby, 2 for me
  • Coconut Cream Center Chocolate — all 4 for me
  • Mint Cream Center Chocolates — all 4 for hubby (I’m allergic to mint, so it’s good to have a hubby that isn’t)
  • Peanut Butter Cream Chocolates — all 4 for me
  • Mocha Chocolate Truffles — all 4 for hubby

Hm… let’s see… that’s 10 for me and 10 for hubby… uh, I guess that’s okay… I mean, it’s an even split… but somehow, I’m thinking that if I ate all FOUR of those cherry cream center chocolates, making it 12 for me and 8 for hubby… yes, that seems a bit MORE fair. Don’t you agree?

As for the tea, we started with that Lover’s Leap tea (a nice 6-cup potful) and then went on to some lovely Ti Kuan Yin, an oolong with a pleasing nuttiness that seems to complement chocolates of any kind, but especially dark chocolates. And, of course, we had a white teddy bear on hand to lend that loving touch to our teatime. He quickly became good buddies with that brown teddy bear from the gift basket, and now they are both hanging out with our gang of teapots. Not exactly what we’d planned, but that’s okay. Let them have their fun while hubby and I enjoy those teas and chocolates!

Some flavorful Lover’s Leap tea and a lovey dovey teddy bear will make your Valentine smile! (Photo source: A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

Some flavorful Lover’s Leap tea and a lovey dovey teddy bear will make your Valentine smile! (Photo source: A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

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