Festive Tea & Chocolate Pairings
Festive Tea Chocolate Pairings… It’s not exactly surprising that chocolate and tea go really well together*. A hot, steaming cup of your very favourite with a square or two of chocolate, and a blissful scene is set. What’s more, there’s no end to the combinations, which is a really great excuse to keep creating decadent moments for yourself when you need one, or even as a tea and chocolate gift for someone you love.
In light of this, we thought it best to put together a special festive guide to give you inspiration, in collaboration with Aneesh Popat at the Chocolatier. Aneesh has been called ‘the Heston Blutementhal of the chocolate world’ and echoes our values in exploring exciting and experimental flavour combinations, creating handmade indulgent chocolates with a selection of the finest single origin cacao in the world, and using natural ingredients only.
Aneesh tried and tested these combinations and excitedly reported back to us with his findings which, of course, we’ve been enjoying ourselves. Don’t miss the Midnight Chocolate Mint Tea and White Chocolate Truffles recipe he created for us at the end of this Festive Tea and Chocolate Pairing Guide.
*Did you know that we have a Chocolate Tea Range, with exciting blends using real chocolate pieces, or natural chocolate flavouring?
Spiced Fruit Squash X Chocolate Mince Pie Caramels
The juicy, fruity and spicy notes of our Spiced Fruit Squash festive herbal tea pair beautifully with these Mince Pie Caramels that also have a little biscuit inside them. Ideal for that time of day when you just have to reach for something fun and sweet.
AVANTCHA Noel X Dark Chocolate Candied Orange
Our AVANTCHA Noel blend features smooth black tea with pieces of peel, cinamnon, cloves and cardamom. Alongside Aneesh’s Dominican Republic chocolate that is rich in fruity and floral notes with candied batons of bittersweet orange peel, this is a truly festive treat for winter evenings.
Organic Masala Spice Chai X Milk Chocolate Chai Tea Almonds
The traditional spices of our Organic Masala Spice Chai tea are echoed in these toasted almonds wrapped in luxurious milk chocolate infused with warming spices. Both tea and chocolate have been inspired by the chai wallahs who make this drink an integral part of life on the Indian Railways.
Midnight Chocolate Mint X Dark Chocolate Mint Crisp
This rich black Midnight Chocolate Mint tea is uplifted with natural mint essence and fluttering snowflakes of white chocolate and worked brilliantly with Aneesh’s dark chocolate bar from the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, studded with delicious peppermint infused sugar. An intensely minty and refreshing experience.
Velvet Salted Caramel X Caramel Chocolate Vanilla & Nutmeg
This festive Velvet Salted Caramel tea blend is made with black tea and natural pieces of roasted apple, whole spices and shards of caramel. Aneesh recommends it alongside his Salted Caramel Truffles – a luscious caramel centre encased in a remarkably smooth and delicious cocoa dusted dark chocolate. A great pairing for indulgent festive afternoons.
Midnight Chocolate Mint Tea Infused White Chocolate Truffles
For this recipe, we chose our Midnight Chocolate Mint black tea purely on the basis that we could then also dust the truffles with a little candy cane for a little crunch. Find out how, with thanks to the Chocolatier Aneesh for the recipe.