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What Pairs Well With Tea for Dessert?

When you are planning a get together or a dinner party, it’s inevitable that the questions about what food goes with what beverage comes up. Even more important is what pairs well with tea for dessert! Many wonder what pairs well with tea? Believe it or not there are certain types of tea that blend well with everything from salty dessert snacks to chocolate and pastries. We have the tips that can help you plan properly for your guests.

What pairs well with tea for desserts? The answer hinges on what kind of tea and dessert you want to serve. Milk chocolate pairs well with chai, biscuits and rusk go well with chai lattes and scones and biscuits go well with cardamom chai. 

Learn more about dessert ideas to pair with tea to help plan a perfect get together with friends and loved ones!

What Kind of Tea Pairs Well With Milk? 

pouring milk into tea

Milks pairs well with many teas you might be serving, including: 

  • Chai masala
  • Black tea
  • Green tea
  • Herbal tea
  • Oolong tea
  • Bubble tea

The most popular cups of tea to receive a splash of milk are black tea, masala tea bags, chai masala tea and the popular blend of black tea called English Breakfast tea. 

What Flavors Go Well With Tea? 

Finding the right flavor to go with your tea is part of the fun. Flavors that many people try with their tea includes: 

  • A splash of citrus flavor
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey
  • Berries
  • Ginger
  • Mint
  • Peppermint
  • Maple syrup

What Herbs Pair Well With Cardamom in Tea?

Cardamom chai is typically served with milk and sugar. Some enjoy it with coconut milk as well. Other popular herbs and spices to enjoy  in your cardamom tea can include:

  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Vanilla
  • Licorice
  • Chocolate 
  • Black pepper
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano 
  • Parsley

What Fruit Goes With Tea?

There are many delicious fruits that go well with tea. Any type of yellow or orange fruit goes well with a darker tea. You can try: 

  • Strawberries
  • Apricots
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Lemons
  • Mango

What Dessert Goes Good With Tea?

There are so many delicious desserts to choose from when you are looking for a good dessert pairing with tea. Some you should try include: 

  • Cake
  • Pie
  • Brownies
  • Baklava
  • Macarons
  • Cheesecake
  • Pastries

What Chocolate Pairs Well With Chai Tea?

Milk chocolate is the best chocolate to pair with chai and it also works well with a spicy chai blend. It’s important to blend your chocolate and tea properly to achieve the right balance. Milk chocolate also goes well with Earl Grey and English Breakfast teas. 

The best tea for dark chocolate is mint tea, while the best teas for white chocolate are masala chai and oolong tea. 

What Cookies Go Well With Tea?

We highly recommend trying cardamom ginger biscuits with cardamom chai or cinnamon chai. Other cookies to try with your tea include:

  • Apricot-filled biscuits
  • Oatmeal cookies
  • Chocolate chip shortbread cookies
  • Spanish butter cookies
  • Sweet buttery biscuits
  • Malted milk cookies
  • Madeleines
  • Wafers
  • Alfajores

What Cookies Pair Well With Chai Tea Latte?

chocolate chip cookies go well with masala chai

The best cookies and snacks that go well with chai lattes are: 

  • Any kind of cake (read more below)
  • Biscuits
  • Rusk
  • Crunchy and lightly salted Bhuja
  • Fafda
  • Samosa
  • Pakora
  • Sweet and tasty Shakkarpara

What Tea Goes Well With Pastries?

Tea is an excellent choice to enjoy with a slice of cake. We recommend trying the following teas with cake: 

  • Cardamom chai tea goes very well with cake and scones
  • Cinnamon chai tea
  • CTC Assam tea
  • Orange pekoe tea
  • Ginger chai tea
  • Instant Chai tea powder with milk and sugar
  • Turmeric ginger cha
  • Black tea is great with creamy pastries
  • Oolong tea complements sweet-flavored pastries
  • Green tea tastes delicious with lightly flavored pastries
  • White tea works well with light cookies

What Cake Goes With Tea?

We would argue that any type of cake goes well with tea. If you are looking for specific cakes that taste out of this world with a nice cup of tea, you can try: 

  • Strawberry shortcake
  • Shortbread cake or cookies
  • Molten chocolate cake
  • Vanilla cake with chocolate or vanilla frosting

What Pairs Well With Masala Chai Tea? 

masala chai tea next to a teapot

There are some scrumptious food snack choices to pair with masala chai tea. Classic Indian Masala Chai food pairings that should be on your short list are: 


This is the must have Indian street food that Indians love any time of the year. Samosas are served hot and crispy, best served with a cup of masala chai!

Vada Pav

These delicious potato dumplings are usually served with garlic chutney and are a wonderful snack that can be served with masala chai. 

Pav Bhaji

A spicy curry of mixed vegetables cooked in wonderful Indian spices and served with the buttery goodness of dinner rolls, Pav Bhaji is a wonderful warm treat served with chai tea on a chilly day to get warm!

Ros Omelet

Ros, which means gravy, is a delectable part of a dish that includes spicy gravy of chicken or chickpeas. Serve with chai and enjoy!

Kanda Bhiji

On a drive across India, most people think about stopping for a cup of chai and a Kanda Bhiji. This dish is hot onion pakoras that are served with green chutney and a cup of piping hot masala chai. 

Pick Up Tea India Masala Chai Today for Your Celebrations

Armed with the knowledge of how to host a gathering with the best foods that pair well with tea, all that’s left to do is pick up some delicious tea with  Tea India. Tea India offers both masala chai tea bags, assam tea and instant chai tea latte mixes! These are great ideas for your Holi festival too!

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