There’s a reason why many restaurants offer tea with desserts after meals. Tea and sweets can complement one another very well. There’s a huge range of flavors in Art of Tea’s teas and many of them deliciously accompany your favorite desserts. Next time you reach into your pantry for tea to go with your dark chocolate brownies or key lime pie, consult this guide so your tea and treats taste even better.
Dark Chocolate Desserts
Dark chocolate and tea are a wonderful pair. It shouldn’t be a surprise, as chocolate goes with just about everything. That’s why we even mix chocolate into some of our teas. When pairing tea with dark chocolate, think about what flavors usually mix well with the smooth, earthy intensity of dark chocolate, like salty and floral flavors. (Just think about how satisfying the salty-sweet of a dark chocolate-covered pretzel is!)
Japanese green teas, like Gyokuro, are great with dark chocolate because of this salt and chocolate combination. Japanese green teas have a slight mineral saltiness to them that makes dark chocolate flavors pop. Lightly oxidized oolongs, like Orchid Oolong, also work well with dark chocolate. The fragrant florals of lightly oxidized oolongs will bring out the fruity and earthy flavors of dark chocolate. Jasmine Pearls, a floral Chinese green tea, are great with dark chocolate for this reason, too.
Loyal to Earl Grey? You’re in luck. Earl Grey tastes delicious with dark chocolate but really stands out with citrus desserts. The full-bodied Bergamont flavor of this tea makes it an ideal pair for lemon cookies or cakes. You can even use Earl Grey to prepare treats such as macarons and tarts.
Just like Earl Grey, Japanese green teas are a jack of dessert trades. You can pair Kyoto, a premium Gyokuro green tea, roasted puffed rice, and ceremonial matcha, with crusty citrus desserts, like lemon meringue and key lime pie. The roasted, full flavors of the tea make the citrus bite and pie crust sweetness taste even better.
We’re not talking about tea and ice cream here, though matcha ice creams and affogatos do sound delicious. We’re talking milk chocolate, cheesecake, and other luscious desserts. When looking to enjoy something rich and decadent, turn to a black tea. The slight astringency of black tea will make that milk chocolate mousse or New York Style Cheesecake really sing.
Trying to behave? Pair grapes or freshly sliced fruit, like melons or strawberries, with white tea. Tuscany, a white tea blend with floral and mint notes, is light enough to not overpower the fruits, but flavorful enough to make this simple post-dinner snack shine. Having a late-night craving? You can also try For Her, a floral, round, and creamy herbal blend that has a breath of fresh air flavor experience (and no caffeine to keep you awake).
No Dessert Needed
Of course, you could always skip dessert and just enjoy tea. Art of Tea created a Dessert Tea Collection that has plenty of options to choose from. Try Caramelized Pear, Coconut Cacao Pu-Erh, or Vanilla Berry Truffle for a guilt-free dessert or to satisfy a sweet tooth anytime.
Whatever the dessert, teas can only help elevate the experience. Whether you’re pairing your tea with your dessert, making a dessert with your tea, or just enjoying a tea that tastes just like your favorite dessert, you’ll find that tea can make enjoying your something sweet even sweeter.