Maltesers: Best British Chocolate Bars

Sometimes, very rarely, tea & sympathy isn’t quite enough. At these moments, we reach for the Maltesers… Malty, milky, soft and crunchy. This is British chocolate at its best!

Thanks to @QuitePeckish on Twitter for the pic!

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Maltesers: Chocolate of the Week

Whose New Year’s Resolution was to give up chocolate? You fool! We’re confident we can bring you back to the dark, sweet and creamy side with our featured chocolate this week. Maltesers are small nobbly spheres, beneath the milk chocolate shell of which lies a core of malted honeycomb.

The combination of sweet honey and savoury malt and the crumbly interior balanced with the creamy Mars chocolate shell, is enough to break the best of resolutions. But never fear, at only 187 calories a packet, they’re actually a pretty restrained treat.

So go on, celebrate the end of your New Year’s Resolution with a packet of Maltesers! You could even turn them into cookies:

As with all our featured chocolate bars, you  can purchase Maltesers in-store, or we can ship! Get in touch on 212-989-9735, or at info@teaandsympathynewyork.com.

Cadbury Picnic: Chocolate Bar of the Week

While it may be cold out, it’s always the right weather for a Picnic. Cadbury’s classic bar has been gaining fans the world over since 1958, with variations produced in Australia, New Zealand, India, Canada, Ireland and Ukraine. No surprise really considering the delicious match of salty peanuts, sweet raisins, and silky milk chocolate bound together with nougat, caramel, and puffed rice.

As with all good chocolate bars, the key to the Picnic’s success is in the balance of flavors and textures. The soft rice offsets the chewy caramel, while the savory peanuts cut through the sweetness of the other ingredients. Unconventional in appearance, the bar looks something like a small, nobbly log.

Wildly popular in Australia, where it comes in different packaging, sans raisins, the attendant advertising slogan of “Deliciously Ugly” has become a catchphrase. While it certainly has a ring to it, we think “deliciously delicious” would be more fitting.

As with all featured chocolate bars, the Picnic is available in-store, or if you want, we can ship. Get in touch on 212-989-9735, or at info@teaandsympathynewyork.com.

Christmas Gift Guide

My goodness, Christmas has crept up on us this year. With only 12 days left, we’re into the final countdown and we know as well as the next person that this is when most of the shopping happens. We’ve put together this guide to some of our best Christmas products to help you get the right gifts for one and all.

As well as being available in-store, we can ship any of the items you see here. Get in touch via email (info@teaandsympathynewyork.com) or by phone (212-989-9735), if you’re interested in anything you see here or have any further questions.

And from everyone at Tea & Sympathy, Merry Christmas!

Hope & Greenwood old fashioned candy selections. Beautiful packaging, and great for anyone older who would have grown up with these treats, or as a way to introduce the next generation! $8.95-$35.00

For the tree we have these great Union Jack baubles. A perfect gift for an Anglophile friend, or keep them for yourself and have the snazziest Douglas Fir in town.

Walker's luxury toffee selection. Four flavors, complete with a mini metal hammer to save your teeth the hard work! $14.95

This might be our favorite Christmas product. A yard of Jaffa Cakes, containing five standard-size boxes. Sure to keep even the most diehard fan of these delicious chocolatey, orangey biscuits happy for a month or two! A steal at only $25.

We've really gone all out with our Christmas cakes this year. Handmade in Massachusetts by some incredibly skilled women who call themselves 'The English Cousins'. Incredibly authentic and totally delicious. Fruit, frosting and plenty of brandy! $65

Fancy a cup (or two) of something festive? The very skilled tea mixers at Taylors of Harrogate have let out this limited edition Spiced Christmas blend. If you're not yet feeling the yuletide spirit, a mug of this will get you in the mood!

No Christmas is complete without a box of choccies. So we've flown in a wide selection from Thornton's, Britain's best-loved quality confectioner. Pour yourself a glass of port, sit by the fire and slowly but surely work your way through the whole lot!

And if you, or the one you're buying for, is more of a Cadbury's fan, then this is for you. All the favorites, packaged in a festive stocking. A chocoholic's dream!

And, of course... tea! We have a wide selection of Ahmad's Tea gift boxes in stock. With up to 12 flavors in each, this should keep any tea drinker happy for the rest of the year.

Flake: Chocolate Bar of the Week #3

For ‘Chocolate Bar of the Week’ #3, we have chosen the Cadbury Flake.

Made from pure Cadbury milk chocolate, what makes the Flake stand out is it’s, ahem, flakey consistency. Cadbury claim the process behind the distinctive crumbly texture is a well-guarded secret, but we did some digging, and it seems the bar was invented in the 1920’s, inspired by excess chocolate spilling over the edges of moulds and setting hard. Biting into one can be a bit of a mess but is well worth it, with the delicate shards accentuating the creaminess of the milk chocolate.

The Flake is now a firm favorite both in the UK and here at Tea & Sympathy. In England, Flakes are often served with Mister Whippy ice cream, in what is known as a ’99’ – a true icon of British summertime:

We also highly recommend dipping them in your tea, but remember, timing is of the essence here!

Smarties: Chocolate of the Week #2

Our Smarties are NOT like your Smarties. Oh no no no, we are not talking about the chalky pastels that pass for ‘America’s Favorite Candy Roll’, but instead the delicious sugar-shelled chocolate buttons from Nestlé, cousins of M&M’s if anything.

Smarties have been in production since 1882, originally sold as ‘Chocolate Beans’. They now come in eight colors (red, orange, blue, green, yellow, pink, violet and brown) and constitute of a crisp, sugary shell encasing a buttery nugget of chocolate. Utterly delicious and lots of fun – Smarties tend to be a firm favorite with the kids.

Not to get too philosophical about a chocolate pellet, but Smarties are a very quintessentially British ‘treat’. Over to Bill Bryson for further explanation:

“And the British are so easy to please.  It’s the most extraordinary thing.  They actually like their pleasures small.  That’s why so many of their treats – tea cakes, scones, crumpets, rock cakes, rich tea biscuits, fruit Shrewsburys – are so cautiously flavorful.  They’re the only people in the world who think of jam and currants as thrilling constituents of a pudding or cake.”

We feel Smarties fit perfectly into this classification.

And did you know, the technical name for the shape of a Smartie is an oblate spheroid… As well as easy to please, it turns out we Brits are actually quite boring as well. We really can’t work out why you all want to marry us so much?!

The pre-2006 technicolor Smarties. Responsible for many a Brit's first narcotic experience.

Since 2006, Smarties have been proudly ‘free of artificial colourings and flavourings’. Keep it a secret, but we kinda preferred the neon shades of yore – especially as there was a longstanding rumor that if you ate too many blue smarties, the dye would send you crazy!

Fox News – Royal wedding – A cake fit for a Prince!

Here’s the video of Fox News’s Food 101 visit to Tea & Sympathy in the run up to the Royal wedding: