What will YOU get the kids of ???? for 3 Kings Day? Every little bit helps. Thanks!https://t.co/82nTQMkBRn
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 27, 2017
The Midwestern state university I attended offered chocolate cheese — it tasted like extremely rich fudge, appropriate for a state where tourists were called “fudgies” — so I shouldn’t have been surprised that 2017 gave us cheese tea. Per the Washington Post:
… You are thinking: Those are two words that do not go together. Cheese! In tea! But we’re not talking Humboldt Fog or Camembert here. The cheese used in cheese tea is usually a cream cheese — sometimes sweet, sometimes salty — combined with condensed milk. It forms a tall, frothy head at the top of the beverage, sort of like whipped cream in a frappuccino. The teas are often matcha, oolong, jasmine and black, and you can customize them with fruits and other flavor infusions. They’re kind of like bubble tea, which has made its way into mall food courts across America.
Shops in Taiwan and China are both credited for starting the cheese tea fad, and some Chinese cheese tea shops command queues 75 people long. It spread to Singapore, Hong Kong and other large Asian cities before it came to New York and California via the bubble tea chain Happy Lemon, and Little Fluffy Head, a Los Angeles shop that specializes in the beverage, among others. Some shops are even starting to riff on the ingredients, like a place in San Francisco that uses Mascarpone and Meyer lemon. The trend has also made its way to England, where people care deeply about their tea and are feeling very threatened…
The Spousal Unit, who’s become an Upton Tea fanatic (thanks Cole), loves extremely sweet dairy-heavy drinks. (You can tell he’s from a pure Cow People bloodline, because every doctor who’s asked about his diet is astonished at his excellent cholesterol levels.) Gonna have to introduce him to this one…
Apart from food fads, what’s on the agenda as we wrap up the week / year?