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Halloween Candy & Tea Pairings

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October 21, 2021

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There is an unmistakable chill in the air and spooky decorations have appeared on front porches throughout the neighborhood — Halloween is almost here. 

While this holiday is especially popular with children, there are plenty of ways for adults to get into the Halloween spirit. This year, set aside some of that candy you purchased for the trick-or-treaters and indulge in a festive Halloween candy and tea pairing.

Tea and sweets naturally complement one another, and can even amplify and unlock new flavors and aromas you might not have noticed before. Get inspired just in time for spooky season with our recommended Halloween candy and tea pairings.

1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

What to Pair With: Chocolate and peanut butter is a classic combination. Who doesn’t love creamy, nutty peanut butter enveloped in smooth, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate? Milk chocolate is the most versatile type of chocolate for pairing with tea, though the addition of peanut butter does add another flavor component to consider. Fortunately, nutty flavors tend to pair beautifully with many teas.

Smooth, creamy milk chocolate can balance the bold, robust flavor of black tea. To enhance the rich chocolate flavors of your peanut butter cups, choose a tea that is equally rich and chocolatey. Nutty teas may bring out the subtler flavors of the creamy peanut butter filling. For something a bit different, choose a fruit or berry tea for a spin on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

2. Candy Corn

What to Pair With: Whether you love it or hate it, candy corn is a staple of Halloween. If you fall into the “love it” camp of people, you will want to pair your candy corn with a tea that brings out the subtle notes of vanilla, marshmallow and butter, without adding too much additional sweetness. This includes teas with warm vanilla and nutty flavors.

Candy corn’s traditional colors of yellow, orange and white symbolize the autumn harvest, and its shape was modeled from corn kernels. Pay homage to the autumn season by pairing your candy corn with a classic fall tea accented with warming spices.

3. Sour Gummies

What to Pair With: Sour gummy candies come in a rainbow of flavors, from juicy watermelon and luscious peach to tart green apple and mouth-puckering blue raspberry. The soft, chewy texture and coarse sugar coating can be delightfully addictive.

Hearty, robust black teas will clash with the sourness of most gummies while overwhelming their sweet, fruity flavors. Instead, opt for teas with complementary flavor profiles — think light, fruit-forward, sweet-tart herbal, green and white teas that will enhance and amplify the flavors of the sour gummies.

4. Nutty Chocolate Bars

What to Pair With: Much like chocolate peanut butter cups, nutty chocolate bars offer abundant tea pairing opportunities. Keeping the same flavor rules in mind, we recommend choosing a smooth, bold black tea or warm spiced tea that will naturally balance and complement the flavors of the milk chocolate.

Teas with nutty flavor profiles are a natural choice, but you might also consider other flavors that pair nicely with nuts, such as vanilla, maple, apple, caramel and spices like ginger, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.

5. Caramels

What to Pair With: Caramel is a quintessential autumn treat. Whether you are enjoying a deliciously soft and buttery caramel square, a nostalgic caramel apple lollipop or caramel-filled chocolates, there are an abundance of options for pairing tea with your Halloween caramels.

Many teas actually feature notes of caramel and would make a wonderful choice for pairing with caramel candies. Of course, you cannot go wrong with the classic combination of caramel and apple. Teas with nutty, vanilla and spiced notes would also work very well.

Hopefully, this list of Halloween candy and tea pairing recommendations has sparked some delicious inspiration. Savor sip by sip and bite by bite.

Seeking even more Halloween tea inspiration? Read this next: How to Host a Pumpkin Carving Tea Party.

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