Yes, you heard that right – It’s cheese tea, and it’s about to be your favorite new drink. And don’t let the name scare you off. Cheese tea (or “fluffy” tea) is basically your favorite sweet tea, topped with a frothy layer of whipped cream cheese, whipping cream, and sea salt. The final effect, is as one of our kids put it, “like a sweet and salty milkshake.”
Little Fluffy Head
We had our first tea experience at Little Fluffy Head, a small shop in downtown Los Angeles founded by Jenny Zheng, a young and enthusiastic entrepreneur. “Cheese tea has been pretty popular for the last few years in Asia,” said Zheng. “After I tried it, I fell in love.”
Zheng said that the main challenge since opening six months ago is explaining to people what it really is – and overcoming people’s preconceptions. “People think there’s going to be something like a giant ball of cheese sitting on top of your drink – but there’s really a lot more going on than that.”
Cheese Tea Varieties
The Little Fluffy Head menu features specialty teas topped with a variety of creams, ranging from creme brûlée cream to a cheddar-based cream, and you can adjust the level of sweetness to your preference. All of the teas and toppings are carefully hand-crafted in small batches, and each tea is made to order.
Our choices? We went with 1) the “Dirty Mess Milk Tea” (black milk tea with creme brûlée cream and crushed Oreo topping). 2) The seasonal Strawberry Cheese Tea (fresh strawberries blended with jasmine green tea and topped with cheese cream). 3) The Camouflage Matcha (an iced matcha latte with creme brûlée cream swirled around the inside and mixed inside the latte).
The strawberry one will most likely be a universal favorite – it tastes like a sweet strawberry cheesecake. But don’t count out the Dirty Mess Milk Tea and its incredible creme brûlée cream. The cream was so delicious we kept working on it with a spoon even after all of the tea was gone. Also, the Camouflage Matcha was fascinating – a sweet/not sweet drink that stays beautiful even as you sip your way down to the bottom of the drink.
How Do You Make Cheese Tea?
Little Fluffy Head has a variety of tea drinks to try. But if you can’t make it to Los Angeles, it’s super-easy to make your own cheese tea. Here’s a basic cheese tea recipe.
A refreshing tea drink with a sweet cream cheese topping.
- 8 ounces heavy cream
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 4 cups freshly brewed (iced) tea (sweetened or unsweetened, depending on your preference)
Combine the heavy cream, milk, cream cheese, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, whip the mixture until it is the consistency of firm whipped cream. (Stiff peaks should stand up on their own.)
Pour the iced tea into four tall glasses. Place a large dollop of the whipped cream mixture over each glass, distributing equally. Serve immediately.
And there you have it – Drinks for four! So of course from here you can get creative and try your own variations. Add some chocolate or caramel flavorings or some fruit flavors for a twist. And don’t be surprised if by the end of the drink you’re still scooping out the last bit of delicious whipped topping.
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P.S. If you’re looking for more fun drinks, don’t miss our persimmon fruit smoothie.
Blogger disclosure: Little Fluffy Head treated me to tea samples. I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.