Tea and Chocolate - the perfect match.

Something wonderful always happens when you put the kettle on and make a cup of loose leaf tea. And when you combine that with a square or two of your favourite chocolate, wow, the two of them together is amazing.  But what is it about them that makes the world a better place? Is it magic, or is there a scientific reason behind it? I had to find out.
It is well known among tea drinkers, that our humble loose leaves are rich sources of antioxidants, known as flavonoids. Not only do they help fight against damaging cancer causing free radicals, they help in reducing our blood pressure. Tea also contains an amino acid called Theanine, which boosts mood and brain activity, and gives us a sense of relaxation and well being.
Chocolate on the other hand contains phenylethylamine (P.E.A.).  P.E.A. is the chemical your brain releases when you’re in love. It triggers the release of endorphins and increases the production of serotonin, making you feel wonderful.  Foods rich in polyphenols, which are a type of antioxidant, associated with improved moods.
What happens when we consume them both together? Obviously we get double dose of the feel good vibe! And to add to this scrumptious experience we can put together particular teas with their perfect match. Like in life, there are certain pairs that are just meant to be. I was rapt when I found this blog giving a detailed account of tea and chocolate pairing. As a tea and chocolate star crossed lover, I had to share it with you. https://simplelooseleaf.com/blog/life-with-tea/best-tea-chocolate-pairings/
𝓜𝓲𝓵𝓴 𝓒𝓱𝓸𝓬𝓸𝓵𝓪𝓽𝓮
This is the most popular type of chocolate. Usually teas that go well with milk go well with milk chocolate. They include our Utterly Charming Chai tea, Earl Grey and Morning Tea English Breakfast. For less sweet milk chocolate, Sencha green tea  is perfect.
𝓓𝓪𝓻𝓴 𝓒𝓱𝓸𝓬𝓸𝓵𝓪𝓽𝓮
Because of its high cocoa content, dark chocolate can have an intensity that makes it slightly bitter. The best teas to sip with this chocolate are the strong smoky teas, such as Elevenses Irish Breakfast, citrusy Earl Greys and Moroccan Mint tea.
𝓦𝓱𝓲𝓽𝓮 𝓒𝓱𝓸𝓬𝓸𝓵𝓪𝓽𝓮
As white chocolate is sweet and never bitter, the best teas are those that have some astringency, and that contain spices and flowery notes. The sweetness of the chocolate is the perfect partner for strong green tea or and an earthy Rooibos.
So now for the fun bit...time to test these out. But what ever you do, make sure you savour every delicious moment! 🫖🍫🫖🍫

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