THE RIGHT TEA TO PAIR WITH YOUR CHOCOLATE EASTER EGGS…

With Easter around the corner and the Easter eggs stacking up ready to eat, I thought a post on the right tea to drink with your chocolate might go down well.

Successful combinations of tea and chocolate can be achieved in a variety of ways. You can look for tea/chocolate pairings that share similar flavor characteristics, thereby enhancing one another. Conversely, you can also find very satisfying combinations where the flavors of the tea and chocolate contrast – these are sometimes the biggest hits. Lastly, look for tea/chocolate pairings where the characteristics of each aren’t necessarily the same, but are compatible or complementary in some fashion.

Chocolate and tea make for a perfect match in our book, and not just because we love the two. They share health benefits and flavor qualities including caffeine, flavonoids and tannins.

Flavor Enhancers

Flavor Contrasts

Complementary Flavors

Lastly, a note on flavored tea and flavored/filled chocolate. There is absolutely nothing saying that you can’t extend this pairing approach to include flavored teas or filled/flavored chocolates. That said, it’s important to keep it simple. Too many added flavors (either in the tea or the chocolate) can make for pairings that are too busy or too complicated – and often not as enjoyable. Pick your focus, keep it simple and let a couple flavors take the spotlight.

According to Linda Villano from SerendipiTea. “When approaching the Tea & Chocolate pairing, the possibilities are endless so first narrow down the number of teas you will be pairing within each category and identify them on paper. Keep things simple and well organized. Focus on specific groupings using your basic tea tasting rules, for example work with White Tea first, then move along the color spectrum from light to dark, ending with Pu-erh.  Taste the tea independently of the chocolate carefully minding the general characteristics, aroma, flavor notes, and mouth-feel of each tea you plan to pair. Do the same with each of the chocolates independently of the tea.  Take your time, munch on a bit of plain cracker between each tasting to clear your palate, and take copious notes. But most importantly, enjoy the process.”

Source: SerendipiTea, Arburteas,

TOP FIVE CHOCOLATE TEAS WITHOUT THE CALORIES…

If you are true chocaholic like me then when they invented chocolate tea you went to heaven and back. The trouble is there are now lots of chocolate teas to choose from so of course I had to sample them. Getting your chocolate fix without the calories has to be a winner for any chocolate lover. Here are my top five chocolate teas.

1.Teapigs Chocolate Flake Tea Made With Whole Leaves (1 Pack of 15 Tea Bags) These are an award winning blend of chocolate flake tea which is a black tea with a hint of dark chocolate. Absolutely perfect for a treat with a dash of milk. They are made up in a biodegradable bag (hooray) and their packaging has been certified plastic-free by A Plastic Planet and at only £4.15 for 15 tea bags it will soon tickle your fancies.

2.Yogi Teas – Ayurvedic Organic Fairtrade Choco Tea Bags 17bags – these are delicious. They contain pure South American cocoa shells and ginger and cinnamon. To get the best taste allow the tea to steep for 7 minutes in boiling water. The only trouble with these are that I want another cup the minute I have finished my first one. Another great price at £3.02 for a bag of 17.

3.Suki Tea have a Chocolate Tea Bundle to die for. They say this bundle provides all the chocolate indulgence without the calories so I was straight in there. It has Mint Choc Chai, a black tea base with all the spiced flavour you would expect in a chair, with rich, dark cocol beans and fresh peppermint leaf. Enjoy it with steamed mill and you will be heaven.

Raspberry Ruffle, Black Tea with Coconut, Chocolate & Raspberry, yes please! The rich dark chocolate accentuated with the nostalgic combination of sweet coconut and a dash of zingy raspberry makes this amazing tea. 

Dark Cocoa Tea, Black tea and cocoa kernels blend for a rich chocolatey cuppa. The whole bundle for £14.80 for serious chocolate lovers.

4.Whittard’s have a Dark Chocolate Loose Tea Pouch, which is a blended loose leaf black tea from India and Indonesia with a (very) generous helping of cocoa nibs, creating a tea that’s full-bodied, aromatic and seriously chocolatey. It is truly indulgent and another one that you will probably drink two cups of. And, yet another they say is a sugar-free chocolate fix. What more could we ask for us chocaholics. The cost is a reasonable £6.00 for 100g.

5.Twinings Nutty Chocolate Flavour Assam Loose Tea – if you love a bit of nuts with your chocolate then you will enjoy this one from Twinings which is a Hazelnut and chocolate flavour black tea. Inspired by tea & chocolate, a match made in heaven.  Rich Assam loose leaf tea is a perfect partner to the flavour of delicious chocolate & hazelnuts. A 125g pouch is £9 another great price to get your chocolate fix without the calories.

WORLD NUTELLA DAY TODAY 5th FEBRUARY 2021…

Join in the fun with delicious tasting Nutella on World Nutella Day today 5th February 2021.

#WorldNutellaDay who doesn’t love a bit of Nutella

World Nutella® Day was established on February 5th 2007 by Sara Rosso, an American blogger and a Nutella® lover as you. In her opinion Nutella® deserved a worldwide celebration day, and all the Nutella® lovers agreed! 

They began celebrating Nutella® by sharing pictures, ideas, inspirations and recipes on social media: that’s how the World Nutella® Day has become a global phenomenon.

But the story doesn’t end here: in 2015, Sara transferred World Nutella® Day to Ferrero (the makers of Nutella®) to help it live on and grow for years to come. From then on, every year we search for someone with Sara’s delicious love to inspire the fan celebration on World Nutella® Day.

10 ways to celebrate World Nutella Day and where you can find lots of inspiration about Nutella is on the World Nutella Website where they give you 10 creative ways with Nutella.

  1. Make a recipe with #Nutella
  2. Strike a pose
  3. Create some #Nutella inspired art
  4. Do an original flavour pairing
  5. Reveal your first #Nutella experience
  6. Give or send #Nutella to people you love
  7. Introduce someone to #Nutella for the 1st time
  8. Make a party or a video-party in or of #Nutella
  9. Write a song or a poem about #Nutella
  10. Have a breakfast in bed with #Nutella

Travel back in time to uncover the creation of our signature recipe, discover how they carefully select and process their ingredients and learn how they are continuously reinforcing their sustainability journey. Their mission is to bring the delicious taste of Nutella®, The Original Hazelnut Spread®, to your breakfast table and beyond, to enable you to start every day with a smile.

Source : Nutella, World Nutella Day

LOVE IS IN THE AIR WITH WHITTARD’S CHOICE OF VALENTINE GIFTS..

With Valentine’s Day around the corner it’s nice to think of something different to give to the one you love. Well, how about some unique Valentine gifts from Whittard’s –

Limited Edition Chocolate Cherry Brownie Flavour Hot Chocolate – Imagine warm, melt-in-the-middle brownies fresh out of the oven, magicked into a heavenly hot chocolate. This is it. With flavours of ultra-chocolatey brownie and fruity cherry layered on a classic Luxury base, our deliciously decadent Chocolate Cherry Brownie is love at first sip. Tuck in…@£9

The Recipe for Romance Gift Box – A special edition Valentine’s medium roast coffee, Let Love Brew, our Dark Chocolate Loose Tea, and our latest limited edition hot chocolate, Chocolate Cherry Brownie, at £29.00

Limited Edition Let Love Brew Ground Coffee Caddy – Presented in a special edition Valentine’s tin, Let Love Brew is a marriage of milk chocolate and fruity cherry notes, medium roasted for depth of flavour. A roast with romance, this irresistible Brazilian cup is best shared with a fellow coffee lover, at £12

Be My Valentine Gift Box – Love can be found in the simplest of places – like a soothing cup of tea. This set combines two favourites: our Dark Chocolate Loose Tea, a blend of black tea from India and Indonesia with a (very) generous helping of cocoa nibs, and our sleek Glass Pao Infuser Mug, ideal for keeping tea toasty, at £26.00