Tea of the Week for February 3, 2019!
If I’m completely honest, I’m not a big fan of white chocolate. I absolutely adore dark chocolate. I also love milk chocolate. I’ve often referred to myself as a chocoholic & it’s dark chocolate – and to a somewhat lesser extent milk chocolate – that I’m addicted to. White chocolate – on the other hand – not so much.
Oh, I like white chocolate OK but I certainly am not addicted to it. I could go weeks, months, even a couple of years without indulging in it & I doubt I’d even miss it. I will turn down white chocolate in many forms including white chocolate truffles & white chocolate ice cream. I probably wouldn’t turn down a freshly baked white chocolate macadamia nut cookie, but if it isn’t fresh & warm, I’d be more likely to turn it down. I guess what I’m trying to say is that – for the most part – white chocolate just comes off as too sweet for my palate. I prefer the complexity of a good quality dark chocolate over the sickly sweetness of white chocolate.
One exception to my anti-white chocolate snobbery would be as part of a black tea blend. I like the way the creaminess of the white chocolate works with the robust notes of the black tea. White white chocolate comes off as too sweet in confections, with tea, that sweetness finds a nice contrast with the rich flavor of black tea. It just works for me.
White chocolate is one of those ingredients that I’m often asked to utilize in blends more often – so I decided to craft a chai blend using black tea to answer those requests, but I wanted to make this chai a little less ordinary.
I started off ordinarily enough – with a rich blend of organic Assam teas – & added some of the “usual” masala spices: cinnamon, clove, cardamom, ginger & black pepper. Then I decided to use some pink & white peppercorns too as well as some bay leaf (white chocolate & bay leaf work together incredibly well) & of course, some white chocolate chips. (Vegan white chocolate, of course!)
The result is a delicious, warmly-spiced but not too spicy (I didn’t want to overwhelm the creaminess of the white chocolate too much), fragrant & sweet white chocolate-y cuppa yum that’s not only vegan, but also gluten-free, nut-free & all-natural!
ingredients: white chocolate chips (sugar, palm oil, soy flour, emulsifiers, soy lecithin, cocoa butter, salt, flavors, vanillin)
organic ingredients: black teas, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, peppercorns (black, white & pink), bay leaves & natural flavors