Is There Really Chocolate in this Unique, Irresistible Tea?
Chocolate tea is still somewhat of a novelty. For those who have tried it, the brew becomes a quick favorite. Though, chocolate tea doesn't contain any actual chocolate. At least not in the sense of shavings or bits of chocolate present in the blend.
Depending on which brand you buy, the chocolatey flavor might come from cocoa kernels or carob pods. More expensive mixtures will consist of high quality Ceylon black tea with a rich texturized infusion of chocolate.
So, what you’re buying is tea leaves that have been infused with the chocolate
taste and aroma.
Because of the combination of strong black tea and chocolate,
you usually end up with a delicious bittersweet treat that packs almost no calories but
lots of flavor. It makes an excellent dessert tea.
Well, it’s chocolatey. Sort of. Much of the attraction of chocolate tea is in the aroma, rather than the taste. Some tea purveyors add spices such as cinnamon to the mix, making the tea more exotic and tropical. With a little imagination, the taste might be enough to satisfy a dessert craving without compromising your waist in the process.
A cup of traditional cocoa made with low-fat milk has around 160 calories, which is about the same as a glass of soda. If you’re trying to lose weight, that’s probably not something you should be drinking on a regular basis.
However, a cup of chocolate blend tea has no calories. Even if you add a teaspoon of sugar and a touch of milk, you’ll still end up with a drink that has less than 40 calories.
Both black tea and dark chocolate are rich in antioxidants. Experts believe that eating a small piece of dark chocolate every day can help protect against high blood pressure and even heart disease. And when you combine the power of dark chocolate with the power of tea? Well, you got a winner.
A lot of people trying chocolate tea forget that this is actually tea. That means you won’t end up with a rich, creamy drink, but instead a liquid brown brew that looks like tea. For some people, much of a pleasure of drinking a cup of cocoa is in the texture, so you might miss that when drinking chocolate infused tea.
Also, the chocolate flavor is subtle, even if you steep the leaves in water for several minutes. If you expect some dark chocolate taste, you’ll be disappointed.
Making Your Own
Can’t find a chocolate blend at a shop near you? Order online and while you’re waiting, try making your own. The homemade chocolate brew is not exactly the same as the store-bought kind because you can’t infuse the tea leaves at home.
Still, you can get an idea of what to expect by making a cup of black tea and then adding one tablespoon of chocolate syrup. Add a pinch of cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg to intensity the flavors.