Hi guys! I’m back in the kitchen, whipping up more tasty holiday treats! Actually, this Matcha green tea fudge is delish any time of the year, but given the colors, it’s totally apropos for the season. AND, it’s one more “goodie” you can savor instead of the endless array of sugar cookies piling up in your office’s kitchen!
Matcha has become increasingly popular in the U.S. (dare I say “trendy”?) over the last few years, but it’s been a staple in the Japanese culture for hundreds of years. Historically, Matcha has held significance by the Japanese in tea ceremonies. Considering the powerful nutritional benefits, it’s easy to appreciate their affinity for this rich green powdered tea!
So what makes this stuff so great? For starters, it has an incredibly high antioxidant composition. According to ‘Matcha Source’, because the powdered form of this tea consists of the entire leaf, Matcha has nearly 10x the amount of antioxidants than a cup of regular ol’ green tea! The most abundant antioxidant in Matcha is EGCg. In case you’ve forgotten, antioxidants help neutralize the free radicals in our bodies that can be potentially inflammatory. This may even contribute to long term diseases, like cancer. EGCg is especially loaded with cancer fighting properties. (p.s. LOVE talking about this stuff, but I am not a doctor, so please see medical disclaimer below.)
But that’s not all! Matcha contains a mood enhancing amino acid, called L-theanine. This amino acid is “best known for inducing calming, tranquilizing effects while simultaneously improving alertness”, says one source.
Beyond that, this magical tea is full of nutrients like chlorophyll, and Vitamins A, E, and C. It’s the chlorophyll that gives it such a rich green hue, and also why it can taste slightly bitter. But don’t you worry, because this fudge recipe is anything but bitter!
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If you’re interested in making other Matcha recipes, here’s another I posted : )
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