- 1 c water – bring to a boil and add:
- 1-2 Tb black tea of choice *or 1-2 bags, adjust amount to taste and how broken (smaller) the leaf is. If the leaf is more broken the less tea you’ll likely need
- simmer 3-5 minutes (to taste)
- strain the leaves out (or remove the bags if that’s what you’re using)
- Melt 3 squares (between .8 and 1 oz.) chocolate with about 1 cup half and half or milk alternative of choice (the more fat the more decadent it will be). I used 3 squares of the TJs 73% dark chocolate you can see in the photo above. You can microwave in 10 second increments until melted.
- Stir milk and chocolate together until blended.
- Add the chocolate mixture to the tea along with some sugar to taste. I used a teaspoon. If the chocolate you use is very sweet you may want to skip the sugar. Milk chocolate may need less or no sugar compared to a dark chocolate.
- Whisk it all together and serve alone, with marshmallows or whipped cream and chocolate shavings or a crispy cookie/biscuit thing for dunking.
Now that first version came out like a decadent dark hot chocolate with an echo of tea flavor. So… I made a regular cup of fairly strong black tea and then mixed together equal parts of the straight tea and the chocolate/tea blend. Then I grabbed my friends and did a taste test. We all agreed that though both were delicious, for tea fabulousness the second option won out. Give both a try and see what you like.
1) Cocoa powder: Using cocoa powder and sugar instead of chocolate – this option is less smooth and luxurious but you have a means of increasing or decreasing the chocolatey-ness without adding fat/cocoa butter. Speaking of which, you could add butter to this method if you want that creamy feel.
2) Instant cocoa packets: Hey, use whatcha got. Sometimes you just have a craving for something chocolatey and maybe you’re a student on a budget or that is just what you have on hand. Why not try heating that up with milk/milk substitute of choice and blending it with a cup of tea in equal amounts.
3) Spicy!: You could do this up like a chocolate chai putting spices like a garam masala blend or just some cinnamon in with the tea when it is simmering. Really good.
4) White chocolate: mix it up with the paler version of this treat.
5) Flavored tea and add-ins: Earl Grey hot chocolate is a familiar option to many tea lovers but you could use a caramel tea, a rose tea, or put lavender or orange extract in the mix (yeah, like those chocolate orange holiday treats).
Go ahead! Play with your tea. We won’t tell. Enjoy!