sophia perfect pairings
At coco love, perfect pairings we create. Premium Teas and tasty treats, allow us to demonstrate.
Each tea is cupped for nuance and flavor, then paired with delectable dishes to savor!
sophia spiced ginger tea cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (we love Nielsen-Massey)
2 tbsp black strap molasses
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted after measuring
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
3/4 tsp kosher or other coarse salt
cream together butter and sugar in stand mixer with paddle attachment, aprox. 2 minutes or until light and fluffy
add egg and vanilla, mix on low until combined
add molasses, mix on low until combined
separately, sift together dry ingredients
slowly add dry ingredients to wet on low speed until just combined
halve dough, shape into 2 logs, and freeze for 1 hour
slice 1/4" rounds, space 1" apart on parchment-lined baking sheet, bake for 16 minutes, rotating once during baking
optional: roll dough log in turbinado sugar before slicing
let cool & enjoy with Sophia Shimmer Chamomile Tisane
how to host a sophia pairings party
One of our favorite ways to entertain is by hosting a pairings party. We sample our teas with many other foods to find fun and unique pairings. When done well, a pairing will elevate individual flavors into a harmonious choir.
In Stefania’s own words:
“Valley Milkhouse is owned and operated by the lovely Stef Angstadt out of the Oley Valley in Pennsylvania. Honeybell is one of her many gorgeous cheeses. It’s small and feminine, creamy and luscious. It has a gorgeous bloomy rind with dried pressed flowers and a fresh tangy center, making it perfect to pair with coco love’s soft and sweet Sophia Chamomile Tisane. I love it for breakfast over slices of toasted baguette.”
Sprinkle some unbrewed Sophia over the cheese for a pop of color and flavor. You can even add a drizzle of local honey to enhance the sweetness.
In addition to being delicious, Stefania focused on cheeses local to Pennsylvania, where coco love is based. Supporting local cheese benefits not only the local economy, but your gut health, too! We encourage you to find local cheeses to pair with our teas. If you find a pairing you love, we’d love to hear about your edible adventures!
candy pairing with sugarfina
We. Love. Candy. Many of our favorites are from Sugarfina, a chic candy boutique and online shop. We value the same things: exceptional ingredients, gorgeously giftable packaging, and of course, great taste! The Gingerbread Cookies, enrobed in creamy white chocolate, are a perfect complement to our Sophia Shimmer Chamomile Tisane. Sophia's sweet-tart brew stands up to the spiced cookies and both have a creamy, sweet finish. Delicious!