Sip Your Dessert

Sip Your Dessert

I can hear what you’re thinking: “She just put the words “Chocolate” and “tea” together. Is this a thing that works?”

Well…I can tell you, it’s very chocolatey (ha) and a great way to soothe a sweet craving without breaking the calorie bank!  Perfect for those New Year’s resolutions!

I discovered Chocolate Tea one day at work. You see, my company is so kind as to provide the basics in the way of tea, coffee and hot chocolate. If I got hit with afternoon drowsiness, I would make coffee mochas (brewed coffee + ½ packet of cocoa) that I affectionately called “Coffee Bombs”. The intent was to have them blast my eyes open for the next few hours until I was free to close up shop.

One day I said to myself, “I wonder what would happen if I played this game with tea instead of coffee? How would that work?” I was quite pleased with the result: it has the mouthfeel and easy drinking quality of a simple cup of tea, but is made sweet and dark by the infusion of chocolate, transforming your cuppa into a nice treat (without much guilt!).

The basic formula for this is very simple: make a very strong cup of tea and add a tablespoon or two of your favorite cocoa mix to it (or 1 TB cocoa + 1/2 tsp sugar). The type of cocoa matters a lot – the darker/richer it is, the less you need! And I tend to steep my black teas for around 8 minutes. You want the cup to be very strong so it can stand up to the strength of the chocolate – it’s worth the wait!

I was so excited by the initial experiment with Raspberries & Cream that I had to play with a few of our other teas (see below)! I wonder what combinations YOU can find? 🙂

Sipping Your Dessert

Chocolate Tea

    • 8-10 oz of strongly-steeped tea
    • 1-3 TB of cocoa mix, to taste

Dipped Coconut Candies

  • There’s nothing like dark chocolate & creamy coconut. Delightful.
  • Coconut, steeped for 8 minutes
  • 2 TB of cocoa mix

 

Chai Love You

  • It’s warm, spicy love at first sip!
  • Chai, steeped for 8 minutes
  • 2 TB of cocoa mix

Raspberry Truffle

  • Ever had those Ghirardelli squares with the raspberry in them? This tastes like those.
  • Raspberries & Cream, steeped for 8 minutes
  • 2 TB of cocoa mix

Coconut Turtle

  • Do you like chocolate turtles? This tastes like those crossed with Samoa Girl Scout Cookies. (Oh. I know.)
  • ½ a Perfect Spoon of Coconut + ½ a Perfect Spoon of Butterscotch Caramel, steeped for 8 minutes
  • 2 TB of cocoa mix

Do You Need a Riesen?

  • Simple but fantastic. Takes care of afternoon sweet cravings!
  • Butterscotch Caramel, steeped for 8 minutes
  • 2 TB cocoa mix

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • A complex flavor with heady, sweet almond notes that somehow remind me strongly of banana bread. Seriously, tell me I’m wrong.
  • Rum Runner’s Rooibos, steeped for 6 minutes
  • 1 TB cocoa mix

– Heather

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