6 Green-Tea-Flavored Sweets to Help You Meet Your Matcha
For a snack that’s tea-riffic.
Few food stuffs give us the heart-eyes quite like matcha. It’s delicious, it’s often paired with milk and sugar (YASS) and it’s so photogenic. We’re always on the lookout to get this trendy treat into our tummies, but here are a few iterations we keep returning to for their sassy spring shade and sweet sensations. Sounds like us to a “tea,” right?
OK, OK, we’re done. Get to the green!
1. Matcha Chocolate-Chip Scones
Photos: Natalie Schack
We hate having to choose between tea and coffee, so it’s a good thing Morning Glass has these matcha-meets-chocolate-chips babies. Wash ’em down with MG’s AH-mazing iced lattes first thing in the morning and you may not mind being awake at that ungodly hour.
$2.50, Morning Glass Coffee, 2955 E. Mānoa Road
2. Matcha Cream Puff
It’s hard to believe there’s an even better version of the Liliha Bakery coco puff, but here it is: the tea puff! Covered in green chantilly frosting and filled with a deep-green matcha-tinged creamy filling, this little morsel is a winner. We’ll never go coco again.
$1.89, Liliha Bakery, 580 N. Nimitz Highway
3. Mochi Waffles
The Nook Neighborhood Bistro strikes breakfast gold again! These huge mochi waffles have a chewy bite, and are covered with condensed milk whipped cream (we die) and dusted with matcha powder for a subtle matcha, seriously sweet experience.
$11, The Nook Neighborhood Bistro, 1035 University Ave., 942-2222
4. Green Tea Tiramisu
Light and luscious, Kulu Kulu Bakery’s tea-take on tiramisu has a cool, tangy flavor and a generous coating of matcha powder. We love the airy layers of cake and cream, and the way this pretty work of art fulfills our need for green.
$4.50, Kulu Kulu Bakery, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
5. Matcha Mini Doughnut
When we want a little something sweet, Watanabe Bakery’s wee mini doughnuts are one of our go-to’s. Especially, of course, the matcha-topped one, which has a deep forest shade and a distinctly matcha-y taste.
45 cents, Watanabe Bakery, 2065 S. Beretania St.
6. Green Bun
Prepare to be totally charmed by this softly tinted green bun from Vintage Cave Bakery. From the soft-as-a-cloud, deliciously light texture to the gently sweet white-bean filling to the powdery matcha aftertaste, it’s a snack that hits just the right note between not-too-much and not-too-little.
$3, Vintage Cave Bakery, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd.