A Cup of Chocolate Tea

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Yes, you did read it right!

When I spotted this product on the shelf of my local health-food shop, the idea of chocolate flavoured tea repelled me and intrigued me in just about equal measures. You see, I am fanatical about both chocolate and about tea, but separately.

I've never entertained in my wildest dreams the idea of mixing the two together, and why would I? It was like two completely separate parts of my life colliding unexpectedly.

Chocolate and coffee (mocha), somehow seems a much more acceptable combination; perhaps because they are both products of the bean. But mixing the cocoa bean with the subtle tea leaf seems a bit of an unholy union; the fun-loving chocolate is sure to corrupt the more austere, traditional tea...

Well, I suppose the main thought that repelled me was the idea of stirring a piece of chocolate into a cup of tea; not the best recipe I should imagine. It would surely result in a bitter and ugly flavour. It's wrong; just wrong I tell you!

But reading the box, I found that this product contains neither tea nor chocolate (at least not in the form that we know it). Which makes it a bit easier to understand why it should be on the shelf of a health-food shop!

This is, in fact a herbal tea, called Mayan Cocoa Spice produced by a company called Yogi Tea. Containing organic cocoa shells, cinnamon bark, cardamom, ginger and clove, this tea is made according to the ancient Mayan tradition of combining chocolate, or cacao with spices; to form a luxury concoction which would have been consumed by nobility. The cocoa pods themselves were thought to symbolise fertility and prosperity.

What's it like?

Because of my expectation that a chocolate drink should be thick and creamy, I was somewhat surprised by the brown watery consistency of this tea. But the heavenly smell more than compensated for this, as the rich spices, (especially the cinnamon), came together with the cocoa shells to produce a rather lovely aroma. A bit like chai tea, but sweeter (and more chocolatey!)

But does the taste match up? Well, it has a very subtle flavour, and so (after much extremely scientific experimentation) I would recommend steeping for the recommended seven minutes; - and then just leave the teabag in! It doesn't bear much resemblance to hot chocolate and doesn't feel indulgent in the way that most chocolate items would, but the combination of cocoa and spices is a strangely pleasant one. I found it to be a lovely, warming, relaxing and comforting drink, which seems to have captured some Mayan magic.

Not to everybody's taste (again, I've experimented - this time on my friends!), but if you like chocolate and sweet spices, and you're a fan of the spirit of tea, then this comes highly recommended.

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shawna.wilson 8 years ago from Arizona

Very interesting! I love hot chocolate, but I'll admit I'm not much of a tea fan. Does the cocoa tea have the same health benefits as drinking other types of tea, such as green tea?

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summer10 8 years ago from my happy place :)

I've just started a diet and this is perfect...... my chocolate fix secretly wrapped in a mysterious tea...... yum :) Thank u!! :)

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Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London Author

Thanks Shawna.  As this drink doesn't contain any real tea (it's a herbal tea), you might like it despite not being a tea fan.

The benefits from other types of tea (like black tea, white tea and green tea) come from the anti-oxidants in the leaves of the tea plant itself.  The health benefits of anti-oxidants are though to include anti-aging properties, protection against degenerative disease, reduced incidence of cancers and a stronger immune system - amongst many many others.

Cocoa tea doesn't contain real tea, and so it may appear that it doesn't have the same health benefits.  However, it does contain cocoa shells which are also a natural source of anti-oxidants, so it may still have similar health benefits after all!  (Although I'm no expert - just been doing a bit of web-research here!!)

Cocoa tea also contains a load of other healthy ingredients, which each have their own list of beneficial properties.  (You can see this by going to this page http://www.yogitea.com/Pages/OurTeas/SpiritTeas/Ma... and clicking on each ingredient).

Happy Hubbing!

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Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London Author

Thanks for your comment Summer, good thinking!

I hope it helps!

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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

Very interesting and any time I can eat chocolate - I'm good for it!

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flutterbug77 8 years ago from USA

Doesn't sound too appealing. Neither does chocolate covered licourice.

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undertaker1 8 years ago from arizona

great article

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Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London Author

marisue, me too!  I'm a real chocoholic, so I'm always very happy to find a new chocolate-related product!  Thanks for your comment.

flutterbug, that's fair enough; like I say, some of my friends had the same reaction as you.  I can't believe how corny this will sound, but I'm going to say it anyway - it's not everyone's cup of tea, lol!  As for the liquorice, it just happens to be another one of my favourite things, but I know that liquorice is something that people either love or hate.

undertaker1, thanks for your comment.  I enjoyed writing about something that I like so much.

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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

I am a tea drinker, too, more so than coffee, and it sounds like an odd combination to me also. You describe it so well however, that I think I'll have to try it. Thanks for the informative and mouth-watering hub!

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Marian Swift 8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

Sounds like it might be close to the -original- hot chocolate.  I'll look for it!

I've found a couple of other chocolatized foods that sound bad, but taste good:  cheese and beer.  The beer is rich, and the chocolate is subtle but adds depth.  Cocoa is marbled throughout the white cheese, and it's not sweet at all but, once again, the cocoa adds depth.

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Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London Author

Christoph, thanks for your kind comment.  Yes, a strange combination, and a bit of an acquired taste, but I'm now hooked!  If you do get to try it, I hope that you enjoy it too.

Marian, those are also some interesting combinations!  I actually love the idea of chocolate beer; I'll have to look out for that one.  Not sure about the cheese, but I suppose white cheese might work with chocolate; we eat chocolate cheese cake, so why not?  I think I'd be prepared to try most things with chocolate!

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KT pdx 8 years ago from Vancouver, WA, USA

Great hub, I'll have to try that! Have you ever used chocolate mint in your cooking? It's a variety of mint, and you can steep the leaves for tea or use them as flavoring in other cooking.

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Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London Author

Thanks! No, I've never heard of chocolate mint. Is it naturally chocolatey? I shall have to look it up, it sounds very interesting. I like mint tea, just made from mint leaves, so a chocolatey variety would be great! And a good idea to use as flavouring in cooking, much healthier than artificial food flavourings.

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evemurphy 8 years ago from Ottawa

Nicely written. I might stick with my cocoa in soya milk for the present but I will keep this one in mind when I'm feeling risky. ;)

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Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London Author

Thank you for your kind comment.  Cocoa in soya milk sounds interesting; you should stick to the things that make you happy.  And by all means, give the cocoa tea a whirl during those risky times!

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RGraf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

Intersting. I've got to try this. I love tea and am very picky about it. I'll be ordering this soon.

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Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London Author

RGraf, thanks for your comment. I'm glad that you're going to try it, and I hope that you like it too!

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Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks

MoonDaisy, what an intriguing idea for a change of pace. Every evening, after Bow, my chimpanzee, goes to sleep, my daughter and I have a little private tea party together. At first it was mostly hot chocolate and chocolate squares, but then it changed to herbal tea and wasabi peas. I think a chocolate herbal tea will make a nice change. I tend to get into ruts, but for my daughter variety is the spice of life.

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Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London Author

Aya, I loved your comment.  Any comment that includes "Every evening, after Bow, my chimpanzee, goes to sleep.." is a good one in my opinion.  I love chimpanzees and it's sweet that you write about him/her like s/he's part of your family - (and I'm sure s/he is!)

Anyway, back on topic!  Your special tea parties sound cool, what a nice thing to do with your child.  I have to admit, hot chocolate and chocolate squares sound rather nice to me!  And the new menu also sounds good for when you're in a savoury mood. 

The chocolate tea is a very different kind of herbal tea.  I much prefer these spicy kinds to the more traditional fruit and flower varieties!  (The liquorice tea by the same company is also a great favourite of mine).  If you get to try it I hope that you like it as much as I do!

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anne.moss 8 years ago from Israel

Lovely hub - thank you! I'm going to start looking for this tea in local health shops - I love chai, so I think I might just like this one.

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Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London Author

Thanks Anne, I hope you enjoy it! If you like chai, this company also make a variety of different chai teas, as well as liquorice tea, which is another of my favourites as it's really spicy!

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lotusletters 8 years ago from New Zealand

OMG - I couldn't believe it when I read the title but Chocolate Tea, I've recently become addicted to trying the different teas on the market, so I will surely have to check this out. Great hub :)

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Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London Author

Yes, that's exactly how I felt when I found it in the shop! It's not as full-on chocolatey as I imagined it would be, but there is a definite element of chocolatey-ness in there. I love trying out new teas too, and this brand was a great discovery for me! Thanks a lot for your comment.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I'll try it! It's great how the word 'chocolate' will grab us all. And I can always add extra chocolate to it! Thanks!

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Moon Daisy 7 years ago from London Author

I hope you enjoy it. Yes, 'chocolate' always leaps off the page. Especially for chocoholics like me (and you perhaps?!) Thanks for your comment and for visiting my hub.

paul 7 years ago

Hi, what a nice hubI agree that green tea has many benefit for health,beside made long life for human body it's goodfor every people ,every age.Have Nice day

Organic Spices 7 years ago

We have started a diet and this is perfect

Iphigenia 7 years ago

Heaven - I'm a tea-a-choc-a-holic - this product was tailor made for me. I also write Hubs about chocolate - they always require prolongued and serious research !

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raguett 7 years ago

hello.great hub. I myself have just become aware of choclate tea...it is so good.. I am a huge chocolate lover and I recently started a blog about chocolate and vanilla...it bran new so check it out if you have time... www.everythingchocolateandvanilla.blogspot.com

Great hub..thanks for sharing...

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Moon Daisy 7 years ago from London Author

Thanks a lot for your comments raguett. I'm glad that you've also discovered the joys of chocolate tea! Chocolate and vanilla also sound good, sounds like a nice hub.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Oh, I will drink this! I can just imagine how satisfying this is! I'm thinking Moon Daisy - even if you don't think it is chocolately enough - is there anything stopping us from adding a tiny bit of chocolate? No, we're adults!

You know it is teas like this that I can plan a whole afternoon around with friends. Come have some chocolate tea and something with it - and in a 1/2 hour we will all be laughing with tears.

Thanks for this hub!

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Moon Daisy 7 years ago from London Author

You're welcome! I hope that you enjoy it if you try it, and well, what a good idea to add some extra chocolate - why didn't I think of that?!!

I hope you have many enjoyable chocolate tea afternoons with your friends. Sounds like great fun, wish I wasn't so far away, lol!

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Crazy888 7 years ago

very intersting.....i also saw your comment on Aya's hub...5 th grade?

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Moon Daisy 7 years ago from London Author

Thanks for your comment Crazy888. Yes, I love Aya's hubs!

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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Thanks for this, but for now, I'll keep my chocolate and tea separate - good hub though

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Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London Author

Thanks gramarye, that's fair enough! It is a bit of an acquired taste, and I can understand that to some people it might sound a bit strange. Of course I like pure, unadulterated chocolate too..

Melanie Munn 6 years ago

Yeah I don't like chocolate and tea together. Although green tea and dark chocolate are very beneficial to your health. What is unadulterated chocolate MoonDaisy?

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Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London Author

Thanks for your comment Melanie Munn. This chocolate tea isn't truly a mixture of chocolate and tea. The tea itself is more of a herbal one, it contains cocoa pods and spices. I agree actual tea with chocolate mixed in it might not be so nice. Maybe some regular tea with a side dish of chocolate might be ok though...

By unadulterated chocolate I just meant regular chocolate, (not in tea form!)

Daniel 6 years ago

If you like subtle chocolate flavour you will love the Rooibus based Chocolate tea from Toppers Teas of Sussex England. I blended it myself for about two hours today, made it to perfection.

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howcurecancer 5 years ago

I like dark chocolate, I might try with tea.......

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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

I've never had chocolate tea, but I'm certainly willing to try this. Looks delicious!

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