Everything You Should Know About Matcha Green Tea

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All the basics you need to know about matcha green tea as well as a simple recipe for a refreshing matcha latte to get you hooked!

Over the past few years, matcha has become a popular trend and buzzword with tea enthusiasts, those who swear by healthy and clean living, and indie coffee shop customers. But I still frequently get a look of confusion when I say I’m having matcha. Who knew a type of tea could cause such problems?

Here are all the basics you need to know about matcha green tea — as well as a simple recipe for a refreshing matcha latte to get you hooked!

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Japanese Candy: Matcha, Chocolate, Gum

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There's more to Japanese candy than Pocky. Check out these five matcha green tea chocolate candies and some fun bubble gum!

Every time that I visit the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater, New Jersey, I have goals. I want to have a nice Japanese lunch (and it’s difficult to pick between the tendon bowl and the ramen). I want to do some grocery shopping (the shabu shabu beef makes darn good Philadelphia cheese steaks). Finally, I want to select a few different Japanese candies to try. Preferably matcha flavored sweets. It can be especially difficult to know what exactly you are getting with some of the sweets if you can’t read Japanese. So I wanted to share a few of the treats that I’ve picked up over the course of several trips to Mitsuwa.

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Post by . Originally published January 23, 2017. Last updated February 17, 2018.

Butter Cookies with Molded Chocolate

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Butter cookies with Molded Chocolate close up. Choco Leibniz and Petit écolier don't have to be just a special treat. Make these impressive butter cookies with molded chocolate at home!

I can’t even begin to express the delight I felt when I was browsing MeinCupcake.de’s online store and I saw that they offered a kit for making butter cookies with molded chocolate. Ever since I discovered Bahlsen’s Choco Leibniz from Germany and LU’s Petit écolier from France, I’ve been wanting to make these at home. But how? And, more importantly, what are they called?! At one point, my husband had wild plans to have a special mold made so that I could make them. Well, that problem is now solved: there’s a kit for that.
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Post by . Originally published March 11, 2015. Last updated January 2, 2018.

Matcha Green Tea French Macarons with Milk Chocolate Ganache

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Piping matcha green tea French macarons

After my first experience making French macarons — in which I got about 50% success — I decided I wanted another go. They really weren’t that difficult to make and the possibility of flavor combinations seems endless. French macaron attempt #2: Matcha green tea French macarons with milk chocolate ganache. Didn’t take long to get me overly confident, now did it?
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Matcha Green Tea Almond Shortbread Cookies

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matcha green tea almond shortbread cookies
There was this one time, several years ago, that I went to visit a friend for lunch before she moved across the country. We hung out and then she accompanied me to Chinatown where I think we went in every grocery store in the neighborhood in search of matcha green tea powder. I had seen a recipe for matcha green tea cream cheese frosting and decided I had to try it. That’s when cupcakes were all the rage. (Yeah, I said it: were.) Every employee of every shop we went in looked at me like I was crazy when I described what I was looking for. Finally, I settled on a matcha drink mix. It had some added sugar in it but it was close enough. That frosting was pretty good though…

Ever since I saw the recipe for Matcha Almond Shortbread I’ve been having wild fantasies. They look like the perfect cookie to accompany a cup of tea — green or otherwise. And the addition of the Matcha green tea flavor is a great twist that I was eager to try. And wouldn’t you know it. You can buy matcha powder in your regular grocery store now. It’s not cheap but you don’t need a lot in order to get the benefits.
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