Eight Simple Treats For Holiday Parties And “You” Time

One thing is certain: You cannot have tea without some kind of snack. In most places around the world, it’s quite rude to forego treats when you serve tea. The same standard should be held for all of us, even when taking tea alone. 

With the holidays well underway, you may find yourself sitting in solitude jotting down different ideas for your holiday party, a mug of tea to the side. Make that planning time a little more enjoyable with some tea and holiday snack pairings. It’s the best way to taste-test some recipes before the festivities and give yourself a little reward for all your hard work!

We’ve pulled together some traditional — and not-so-traditional — tea and holiday snack combinations that you’ll love to pair together. 

We have some of your tried and true holiday flavors like cranberry and orange. But what about savory cheese with pepper and even matcha-flavored snacks? Get ready to discover some new treats to add to your annual holiday snack roster!

  1. Peppermint Bark with Peppermint Tea

If you’re a candy cane fanatic, this minty combo will refresh your palette and satiate your sweet tooth. Choose your favorite peppermint tea and enjoy the snap and melty delight of peppermint bark. 

Peppermint tea brings out the robust flavors in peppermint bark while also acting as a refresher between bites of rich chocolate. Dark and white chocolate are layered together and sprinkled with pieces of crushed candy canes for a visually stunning and festive holiday snack. 

  1. Spiced Chai Cookies with Hot Chai
A mug of tea and holiday snacks on a wooden board

The warmth and spice of a hot chai almost define the flavors of the season. To add even more richness to your hot chai, add whole milk and sugar or honey.

Have you seen the recipe for our chai cookies? Thanks to Taylor Swift, these cozy snacks have become mainstream, but we’ve upgraded the chai cookie recipe with our own twist. You can choose to glaze them or not, but either way we think they are a divine little holiday snack. 

  1. Cranberry and Orange Scones with Herbal Cranberry Tea

When it comes to scones these are a holiday favorite you’ll crave year after year. The tart zing of cranberries is balanced with the addition of fresh orange zest and baked to perfection. These are excellent to eat on their own or paired with Devonshire cream and jam

An herbal tea mixed with dried cranberry and winter fruits is an ideal complement to this rich scone. The cranberry tea will give life to your tastebuds and reset them in between those sweet scone bites.

  1. Cheese and Herb Scones with English Breakfast Tea
Fresh holiday snacks on a baking tray

If you like savory more than sweet, this holiday snack combination is going to be a winner in your book. Cheesy herb scones can be made with a combination of different cheeses and herbs. Think aged cheddar, asiago, or parmesan paired with dried rosemary, oregano, or thyme. 

Enjoy these scones on their own or with a small pat of butter. Eat them with a bold tea and a splash of whole milk. We recommend a strong English Breakfast tea. But, any of the traditional breakfast teas are perfect for this holiday snack combo. 

  1. White Chocolate Cashew Matcha Bark with Sencha Green Tea

If you want to try a holiday snack that’s completely new, this white chocolate matcha bark is an excellent spin on the traditional peppermint bark. White chocolate is melted and mixed with matcha powder and crushed cashews. Add dried cranberries or cherries for a little chew and tartness that balances the sweetness of the white chocolate. 

This sweet snack pairs nicely with quality Sencha green tea. Sencha, like matcha, is prized in Japan for its history, culture, and quality. The grassy green tones bring out the earthy flavor of the white chocolate matcha bark. 

  1. Orange Zest Shortbread Cookies with Earl Grey Tea 
Shortbread holiday snacks on a silver platter and marble counter with snowflake cutouts

Traditional buttery shortbread cookies are given a bump of character with a squeeze of fresh orange juice and grated orange zest. This cookie is the ideal holiday snack to enjoy with Earl Grey tea. 

The signature flavor in Earl Grey tea comes from bergamot oil, which is a beautiful citrus fruit from the Mediterranean. Bergamot gives Earl Grey tea a fragrant and floral-like flavor that brings out the orange zest in the shortbread cookies. 

  1. Delicate Sugar Cookies with Madagascar Vanilla Tea

It wouldn’t be the holidays without the appearance of the infamous sugar cookie. If you have a sweet tooth feel free to add icing to your cookies. But, we almost prefer the simplicity of the sweet basic sugar cookie with this holiday snack pairing. 

Because the flavor of a sugar cookie is so delicate, we’ve chosen a vanilla rooibos tea to balance the flavors. Notes of creamy and sweet vanilla rooibos round out the subtle flavor of sugar cookies for a classic combination that has just the right amount of sweetness. 

  1. Rosemary and Parmesan Shortbread Biscuits with Chamomile Tea

This is another savory cheesy twist on a classic sweet shortbread holiday treat. Spice up your shortbread recipe with freshly grated parmesan, crushed dried rosemary, and a hint of black pepper or white pepper. For a little extra flavor, sprinkle the tops of the biscuits with parmesan cheese. 

Pair your cheesy shortbread biscuits with a delicate and subtle tea. We recommend chamomile or another herbal blend that is soothing and non-intrusive. You’ll agree that this combination is remarkably satisfying as you enjoy each cheesy and crunchy bite of the biscuits. 

Snacks and Tea for a Happy Holiday Season

Which of the eight holiday and tea snack pairings caught your eye? Whether you’re planning a holiday party for a group or you want a refresh on your personal tea set, Teabloom is your home for the best teaware. 

They have created a vast collection of exquisite borosilicate glass teapots, teacups, and more, that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine. Individual mugs with infusers make afternoon tea breaks simple, and classic teaware sets make party planning a breeze — no matter what tea party theme you decide to host. 

Let Teabloom help you create healthy habits with sustainable and clean teaware that is good for you and the planet. 

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