Some chocolate flavours should be immortal. Those who know me, know I like my chocolate dark and brooding. Dark chocolate with coffee, and dark chocolate with tea – should they be on the flavour immortality list? Yes, yes, yes. They are definitely on mine! Here are 5 irresistible coffee and tea chocolate flavours that I want to share today, in no particular order.
1. Coffee and Tea Chocolate Flavours – Masala Chai
The masala chai craze is definitely on us, and all for the better. For those who don’t know it, masala chai is a type of tea drink originating from India. It is a beautiful spiced black tea – spicy, creamy, aromatic and feels like a warm hug in a cup.
Chai comes in so many forms and flavours, with different tea blenders using a variety of spices and herbs combinations. The Hindu natural healing system called “Ayurveda” oftentimes guide these combinations. Typical spices used include green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger, black peppercorn, star anise and fennel seeds.
The slight bitterness of dark chocolate adds another taste dimension to all the wonderfulness of the spices. Partnering together, Chai Walli and Monsieur Truffe make a dark chocolate bar version. But if you are into milk chocolate bon-bons instead, Bibelot and Only Mine Chocolate Factory have got you covered!
2. Coffee and Tea Chocolate Flavours – Matcha
Matcha – finely ground green tea leaves – is the other popular tea trend that has been going strong for a few years. It has a complex, full-bodied character with hints of delicate sweetness and umami taste within an earthy and slightly bitter flavour.
For chocolate, it is a perfect matcha made in heaven. Matcha’s taste is a perfect complement to chocolate, and its vivid green colour imparts a colourful playfulness to its brown counterpart.
I prefer to go all out and pair dark chocolate with matcha. Some of you may prefer sweeter white chocolate to counter the bitterness of matcha. Some of you may prefer a less imposing option than semi- or bittersweet chocolate and opt for milk chocolate instead. Better still, why not try all three flavours such as those made by Bakedown Cakery, and come to your own verdict?
If you prefer to drink your matcha and dark chocolate combo, then Meditation Matcha has got you covered.
And if you are a Japanophile or just love Kit Kats, then you are in great luck. Kit Kat Chocolatory in Melbourne sells a made-in-Japan, crisp batch baked wafer finger covered with premium matcha infused chocolate. I am drooling just typing this.
3. Coffee and Tea Chocolate Flavours – Green Tea/ Black Tea/ Oolong Tea
There are many playful ways that tea has been infused into chocolates in the market. One such flavour is genmaicha with crushed Oreos and large pieces of freeze dried strawberries (yay!) from Bakedown Cakery. Genmaicha is a Japanese green tea with roasted brown rice kernels, giving the chocolate nutty and roasted notes.
Bakedown Cakery also does another type of Japanese green tea chocolate version, the Wazuka sencha. Wazuka refers to the area in the Southern part of Kyoto prefecture famous for growing unshaded teas.
Earl Grey is also another tea flavour used in chocolate. As Earl Grey is a full bodied, slightly smoky black tea with citrus notes of bergamot, it imparts a distinctive flavour. You can get a taste of them from Violet Chocolates as a dark chocolate ganache. Alternatively, Ranae’s Choclatique offers a white chocolate version.
Violet Chocolates also makes another tea-flavoured dark chocolate ganache from green tea and jasmine flower. The floral aroma balances out the slightly bitter taste of green tea.
New Zealand’s chocolatier powerhouse, Whittaker’s, makes an oolong tea dark chocolate bar, with the oolong tea sourced from Zealong Teas in Waikato.
4. Coffee and Tea Chocolate Flavours – Coffee
Coffee and chocolate make good taste partners, as certain coffee has chocolatey notes. Padre Coffee and Monsieur Truffe have come up with a gateway to coffee for lovers of chocolate, and a wonderful treat for lovers of both. The chocolatier grinds the coffee beans to diffuse the flavour then lay them in a slab of pure and light Dominican Republic chocolate. Doesn’t this sound heavenly?
And how about the brilliantly named Coffee Ka-Pow Chocolate Bar from Loving Earth? Crunchy cacao nibs, dark truffle chocolate with a burst of rich espresso.
Or the Wellington Supreme Roasted Coffee Block from New Zealand’s famous chocolatier, Whittaker’s? Filled with Ethiopian Sidamo coffee within rich dark chocolate.
5. Coffee and Tea Chocolate Flavours – Coffee Bean
No conversation about coffee and tea chocolate flavours would be complete without mentioning the classic combo of dark chocolate covered coffee beans. They are indeed the perfect treat!
A bite of bitter coffee bean for extra crunch coupled with a mouthful of dark chocolate is the ultimate bittersweet caffeine hit. For the best taste, get the chocolates with freshly roasted coffee beans, such as those from Byron Bay Coffee Co and Merlo Coffee Roasters. You could try other chocolate versions too, such as white chocolate and Grand Marnier flavours.
And if you feel like making your own chocolate-covered coffee beans, download my easy recipe in my chocolate treats e-book below.
What other coffee and tea chocolate flavours have you tried? Let me know in the comments section below.
Wishing you a great day,
Suk-yi is a caffeine lover, blogger, entrepreneur, air quality consultant, environmentalist, world citizen, wife and mother. She explores various topics related to coffee, tea, chocolate and everything in between on her blog. Make sure to follow her on her Facebook Page, Instagram Page and Pinterest Page.