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April 10, 2017

It’s nearly Easter – time to reflect, enjoy a bit of extra time with loved ones, and eat lots of chocolate! If you’re a tea lover, why not pair your favourite teas with all those delicious chocolate Easter eggs?

Strong, dark and handsome

English Breakfast tea – match up Breakfast Blend No. 27 with plain or dark chocolate
Stronger, Assam based teas go well with plain or dark chocolate, as the rich, earthy flavours complements each other. Try the Chateau Rouge Organic English Breakfast tea with a nice bar of Green & Blacks or Lindt 70 Percent Cocoa chocolate, or Cadbury’s Bourneville.

Handy hint: Heap on the health benefits

You’re also doubling your level of antioxidants if you have your cup of tea with some chocolate that’s made of over 70% cocoa. Enough to persuade yourself that a nibble of chocolate and good cuppa are good for your health? We think so!

Drink your greens

Butterfly Lovers Organic Green Tea – delicate butterflies flying in harmony with Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut bars, Ferrero Rocher, any kind of praline or rocky road. Lighter, green teas go well with flavoured chocolates – anything mixed with citrus fruits, berries or dried fruit and nuts goes beautifully with the tangy green tea, and the fruity flavour of the tea harmonises with the fruit in the chocolate. The Chateau Rouge signature green tea blend, Butterfly Lovers, is delicately infused with bergamot oil and Seville oranges, which makes for a tasty combination when paired with any kind of fruity or nutty chocolate.

Hand hint: Butterfly Iced Tea

If the sun is shining and you don’t feel like a hot drink, you can make a delicious iced tea with Butterfly Lovers. Steep your tea in the usual way, leave the tea to cool, then mix it up with some ice in a large jug. To make a really refreshing, summery drink, add some slices of lemon to set off the Seville oranges and bergamot oil in the tea.

And finally, a chocoholic’s dream…  Drinking chocolate and milk or white chocolate

Why not go all out and have some drinking chocolate with your Easter chocolate treats? The richness of the drinking chocolate blends well with the creaminess of milk or white chocolate – sure to satiate the chocoholics among us! The rich, high cocoa content of the 1657 Artisanal Drinking Chocolate should complement the creaminess of milk or white chocolate perfectly. Try Green & Blacks or Hotel Chocolat white chocolate, known for their vanilla-infused creaminess. Or perhaps the best of both worlds with some Kinder chocolate? Ideal for matching up your Easter eggs with your drink.

Handy hint: Dark chocolate goes well with drinking chocolate, too

Never fear – if you’re not a fan of milk or white chocolate, dark chocolate also goes nicely with either the 1657 Artisanal Drinking Chocolate or the Maya Oro Blend No.3, particularly any dark chocolate that has been made with added fruit and spices. For an added kick, try the Maya Oro Blend No. 3 spiced drinking chocolate with a suitably spiced chocolate, such as Lindt’s chocolate with chilli or Green & Black’s Maya Gold, with its orange oil and warming spices, such as cinnamon – a match made in the Mayan Heavens!

Refreshing Earl Grey and a citrus kick

Those fruity, nutty, chocolates go well with a nice, tangy Earl Grey, too, but you’d be surprised at how great the combination of milk chocolate with a cup of Earl Grey tastes! Somehow, the light, citrusy Earl Grey meshes well with the creaminess of milk chocolate. Any fondant-filled chocolate, Chocolate orange or fruit and nut combinations match the earl Grey flavour to perfection. How very civilised!

Wishing you an especially "Eggsellent Easter"! (An oldie but a goodie!)

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