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Article: Tea Time is Better With Chocolate

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Tea Time is Better With Chocolate

Contrary to what some might presume or stereotype, tea time is a leisurely activity not only reserved for haughty aristocrats. By principle, it can be enjoyed by everyone looking to put some social activity and creativity into rest and recreation.

This is where tea pairing with chocolates can come in, where it’s about the art of building a refined gustatory adventure that combines the aromatic complexity of tea with the rich indulgence of chocolate. This delightful pairing not only enhances the flavors of both but also unfolds an array of sensory experiences that can transform a simple snack into an exquisite ritual.

The Basics of Tea and Chocolate Pairing

To achieve the best pairing, it's crucial to consider the flavor profiles and intensity of both the tea and chocolate. The goal is to balance the taste so that neither the tea nor the chocolate overwhelms the other. Here are some general guidelines:

Match Intensity: Pair bolder teas with intense chocolate flavors and lighter teas with more delicate chocolates.

Harmonize Flavors: Look for flavors in the tea that will complement or enhance the chocolate notes.

Consider Texture and Mouthfeel: Some teas can cleanse the palate or cut through the richness of creamy chocolate, enhancing the overall tasting experience.

Ideal Tea and Chocolate Pairings

There are a plethora of teas and chocolates to choose from so it's understandable if you find yourself overwhelmed on which goes with which. Here are some notes to keep in mind: 

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Black Tea and Dark Chocolate

The robust, often malty flavors of black tea, such as Assam or Darjeeling, pair beautifully with the bitter notes of dark chocolate. This combination can highlight the richness of the chocolate while the tea provides a cleansing finish.

Black tea can be strong on its own so we suggest pairing them with smooth and plain dark chocolates such as our Nama Chocolate "Ghana Bitter" and Pure Chocolate "Venezuela Bitter & Ghana Sweet" for a good yet mellowed tasting experience.

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Green Tea and White Chocolate

The delicate, sometimes grassy flavors of green tea, especially Japanese Sencha or Matcha, harmonize wonderfully with the buttery richness of white chocolate. The mild astringency of the tea cuts through the creaminess of the chocolate, balancing the sweetness.

Some ROYCE' Chocolate suggestions include our Nama Chocolate "White" if you want a silky, melts-in-your-mouth chocolate after each sip, or our Potatochip Chocolate "Fromage Blanc" if you prefer something crispy and creamy to go with your tea.

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Earl Grey and Milk Chocolate 

The bergamot orange flavor of Earl Grey tea is a perfect match for the creamy and sweet characteristics of milk chocolates such as our Nama Chocolate "Mild Cacao" and Chocolate Bar "Milk". This pairing is aromatic and soothing, with the citrus notes of the tea lifting the sweeter, smoother profile of the chocolate.

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Chai and Spiced Chocolate

The spicy and warming notes of chai—cardamom, cinnamon, ginger—enhance the flavors of spiced chocolates, such as those containing similar spices or even chili. This pairing is ideal for those who enjoy a sensory kick, offering a harmonious blend of heat and sweetness.

Our Pure Chocolate "Colombia Milk" may be the perfect confection for this pairing, as it's made with Colombian cacao that has a distinct combination of sweet and spicy tastes.

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Oolong Tea and Caramel Chocolate

Oolong tea, with its unique range from floral to smoky flavors, pairs exceptionally well with caramel-infused chocolate such as our Pure Chocolate "Caramel Milk & Creamy White". The slight bitterness of the tea complements the sweetness of the caramel, creating a sophisticated flavor profile.

Hosting a Tea and Chocolate Tasting

Organizing a tea and chocolate tasting event can be a delightful way to explore these pairings. Serve a range of teas and various types of chocolate. Begin with the lightest teas and chocolates, moving to the darker and more intense varieties. Make sure to serve plain crackers or bread on the side to cleanse the palate between tastings.

Remember to Have Fun

Tea and chocolate pairing is an art form that invites exploration and creativity. It's a journey through flavors that can make your daily tea break a moment of luxurious indulgence. Experiment with different teas and chocolates to discover your favorite combinations, and share these discoveries with friends and family.


Feel free to leave comments with your favorite pairings or any unique discoveries you've made in your pairing adventures. And if you're looking to host a tea pairing session, you can shop for our chocolates to go with your teas! You can order online at roycechocolate.com or visit a ROYCE' Chocolate boutique to shop in-store.

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