The snap of chocolate squares breaking – the silkiness of a chocolate bar melting on your tongue – people flock to chocolate for good reason. If you’re reading this, the chances of you being a tea fan are pretty high. Over the past few years, the frequency of pairing chocolate with tea has increased, bringing together the luscious decadence of cacao with the robust tannins and flavor of tea leaves.
Mighty Leaf’s chocolate truffle collection features teas and infusions blended with cacao nibs or chocolate pieces for a guilt-free indulgence. Our friends at Vosges make a Matcha green tea chocolate bar. In the first case, tea plays first fiddle to the chocolate; in the second, the chocolate takes center stage. When pairing, you don’t want either the tea or the chocolate to overpower the other, but instead to complement and enhance. Either way, a blend of these two ingredients requires sleight of hand for the alchemy to ensure harmony of flavor.
This month we have partnered with Vosges, bringing our subscribers an exclusive promotion to pair their favorite Mighty Leaf Tea with their exotic chocolate bars. You can go to the Vosges Haut Chocolate website and save 15% with the coupon code MLTEA at checkout. The code expires January 4, 2010 and is not available with other offers.
Their mini chocolate bar library makes a perfect starting ground for doing a pairing. Our English Breakfast Organic with its bold tannins stands up the creamy hazelnut milk chocolate of the Gianduja bar. Bleu Peacock’s nutty vanilla notes symbiotically blend with the salted macadamia and coconut of the Woolloomooloo bar. Yunnan’sslight maltiness and delicate smoke draw out the hickory smoke of the almonds flecking deep milk chocolate in the Barcelona bar. Jade Organic’span-fired leaves accent the black sesame and hint of wasabi in the Black Pearl bar.
Any way you serve it, tea with chocolate is a winning combination. What are your favorite chocolate and tea pairings?