A cup of chai tea is a treat in itself. For this reason, sipping a cup of the delicious brew is an integral part of my day. But if there is one thing that elevates the experience for me, it would be having something equally good to eat with it. While there is no shortage of scrumptious food to find if needed, picking the ones that pair best with chai tea can be a challenge for the unfamiliar. Thankfully, with a bit of experimenting and a lot of listening to sage advice from other tea lovers, I’ve discovered what I think are make some of the best pairings.
I have a sweet tooth so I’m happy to say that the unique flavors of chai teas pair well with sweet treats like desserts. I initially thought that the combination can be overwhelming. But I was pleasantly surprised that the pairing worked well beyond the first bite and sip. I like a chocolate cake or anything that has a more chocolate taste in it.
I love chocolates so this is another win-win for me. I usually go for milk chocolate. For some reason, it seems bring out the flavors of the chai tea more and vice versa. I find this delicious pairing simple and incredibly addictive.
3. Cinnamon rolls
Cinnamon rolls are sweet and sinful. And they are on my list of favorite treats to go with chai tea. I was initially hesitant to give this combination given that the cinnamon roll I usually go for can be thick and extremely sweet. I thought that all the flavors would clash and ruin the tea experience for me. But the result was far from what I expected it to be. A piece of this dessert is actually quite good paired with chai tea.
Scones have long been constant fixtures in British afternoon teas. The delicious pastry likewise pairs great with chai tea. Not as sweet as chocolate cake, but it still packs a punch when paired with the rich and exotic flavors of chai tea.
5. Semi-hard cheeses
Semi-hard cheeses seem to work well in balancing with the spicy hints of chai tea. I usually keep a stash of cheddar or Gouda cheese for my teatime indulgences. I also have a liking for Swiss cheese when paired with tea. I enjoy nibbling on cheese and taking small sips of chai tea while immersed in a good book – a most relaxing activity in my view.