Valentine’s Day has come and gone, some hearts were won, others landed in the doghouse.
Those those who remembered, one thing is undoubtedly true: there is a plethora of chocolate left to be eaten.
And luckily for us, nothing is better paired with chocolate than, you guessed it, tea.
As there are many different types of chocolate (milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, flavored, with nuts, with fruit, etc…) there are equally as diverse a selection of teas.
While it varies depending on your taste preferences, here is a guideline to choose which type of tea to drink with which type of chocolate:
Since darker chocolates a bolder flavor, the tea must be able to stand up to it – therefore, black teas are the perfect choice.
White teas, on the other hand, have a subtle, delicate flavor and pair well with smooth, creamy white chocolates.
Oolong teas are a little tricky, as they are more complex in flavor: lighter oolongs (such as the Grand Pouchong) should be paired with sweet food like caramel and milk chocolate while the darker, more oxidized oolongs (such as Too Long Oolong) pair well with semi-dark chocolates.
Finally, the vegetal flavors and aromas of green tea allow it to pair well with richer tastes of berry and milk chocolate.