Do you like chocolate? What about tea? If you don't like tea then I have no idea how you found my blog, but if you like the idea of chocolate in your tea then you have found the perfect blog post! In my many years of tea sipping, I have come across only a few chocolate teas worth mentioning and 1 that takes first place. Check out the rest of this blog post to discover 5 chocolate teas, ranked from least to most chocolatea, that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
My obsession to find the perfect chocolate and tea blend actually began with a not-so-best but not-so-bad chocolate tea experience with Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons. You’re probably saying, “Well, if Chocolate Mint isn’t so great, why add it to your list of chocolate teas to try?” Chocolate Mint isn’t a horrible tea, it is quite delicious, however it ranks as #5 on my Chocolate Teas To Try List because the mint is much more prominent of a taste than the chocolate itself. The chocolate notes of the tea are noticeable only for a few seconds until they are swallowed up by the power of peppermint…and we tea sippers know just how powerful peppermint can be.
If it weren’t for Chocolate Mint Tea by Harney & Sons, however, I would not have began the delightful endeavor to find the perfect chocolate tea for my taste. If you have an affinity for peppermint and you are also interested in chocolate teas then Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons would actually be perfect for you.
Pu’erh is such an elegant and naturally smooth tea so when you add a delicacy such as chocolate to the steep, it takes on a creaminess like none other. Numi so happens to be one of my favorite tea providers as they offer so many tea blends to discover; Chocolate Pu’erh is one blend worth exploring. I purchased a Numi sampler not too long ago and Chocolate Pu’erh was one of the teas within. I have placed Chocolate Pu’erh by Numi as #4 on my Chocolate Teas To Try List because, although the chocolate notes are faint, they pair very well with the Pu’erh and when a little honey is added, the chocolate notes are accentuated and the tea becomes quite the dessert.
Normally, I do not add honey to my pu’erh, so there is the reason why Chocolate Pu’erh, for me, doesn’t rank as #1. Chocolate Pu’erh is, however, a very convenient chocolate tea that comes in tea bags, it is organic, and it is a velvety smooth chocolate tea experience. If adding a little honey to your pu’erh doesn’t bother you then Chocolate Pu’erh by Numi might suit you just fine.
I found Nutty Chocolate by Twinings at the historic Twinings Tea Shop itself in London, England. I add Nutty Chocolate by Twinings as #3 on my Chocolate Teas To Try List, not because its home is in the oldest (and the coolest) tea shop in London, but because it’s a decadent tea with robust chocolate notes. The aroma of chocolate fills the air once you crack open the tea bag and lingers with every steep. Nutty Chocolate by Twinings would pair beautifully with dessert.
Why, then, isn’t Nutty Chocolate by Twinings #1 on my list? This tea uses hazelnut flavoring and not actual hazelnut pieces within the blend. I tend to stray away from flavorings because I prefer whole foods blended in my tea. Flavorings can leave the steep oily or altered in some way, which, in my opinion, takes away from the tea experience. In addition, cocoa nibs are used to create a chocolate experience so when the tea is steeped, the chocolate notes are more air-y (nasal) than creamy (on the palate). Thankfully, there is only 8% of hazelnut flavoring in Nutty Chocolate by Twinings and if you can appreciate what an aerated chocolate experience could bring then Nutty Chocolate by Twinings should be your next cup of tea.