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BEST Chocolate Rooibos Tea EVER!

Updated on February 20, 2016

Chocolate, YOU Say?

I love Chocolate Rooibos Tea and I want to share my recipe with you. It is not complicated, and it tastes great. Some are intimidated by cocoa - not me.

A lifetime ago I was at a presentation where Canada was split into different regions, different tea-drinking regions that is. I was told that the region I live in is the test region because people here like to try new flavours of tea. While I am a person that likes flavoured teas, which I have learned is almost blaspheme in certain regions of the country, I don't always like trying new flavours.

Now, I'll tell you why I've become so dedicated to rooibos tea, and why I've discovered that I like it with a chocolate flavour. Last year when I visited my dental hygienist, she noted that my teeth were starting to yellow. I moaned and confessed that I had found this absolutely fabulous black tea, but it was very dark and likely the culprit of the stains. The hygienist warned me away from tea, coffee, and wine to save my pearly whites. That was when I found rooibos. Over the years I've tried different flavours of rooibos - mint, caramel, peppermint, and 'candy cane' (it was a gift). When I discovered chocolate rooibos, there was no going back.

How To Make Chocolate Rooibos Tea At Home

I've seen a wide variety of ideas about how to make this mix. I tried the version that mixed a teaspoon of hot chocolate mix into the already steeped rooibos, but it was too strong and the whole rooibos flavour got lost. Here is my version:

Ingredients

1 cup plain rooibos leaves

2 tablespoons ground cocoa nibs or cocoa powder

Mix these two ingredients together and store in a labelled glass jar.

To make tea

1. Boil hot water for 4 cups.

2. Shake jar of leaves before scooping 2 tablespoons into a mesh strainer.

3. Place mesh strainer in teapot.

4. Pour boiling water over rooibos/cocoa mix and let steep for at least 4 minutes.

5. Rooibos is not a caffeinated drink so there is no need to remove the strainer until you clean your pot.

My perfect cup of chocolate rooibos is accompanied by a good blurp of milk and sugar.

Quality Note: To limit cocoa dregs in the bottom of your cup, make this with coarse ground cocoa nibs, this will ensure that few cocoa nib particles pass through the strainer. If you use cocoa powder, it will settle at the bottom of your tea pot and at the bottom of your cup, but it is still tasty.

Not My Cuppa

Time and again I hear that some people can't stand the thought of flavouring black tea. But then, there's people like me who only look for flavoured teas.

What Is YOUR Opinion On Flavoured Teas?

I only like plain, straight-up black tea and don't make me even smell that rooibos stuff.

I only like plain, straight-up black tea and don't make me even smell that rooibos stuff.

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    Give me the chance to try as many flavours as possible, I love flavoured teas.

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      • Tea Pixie 4 years ago

        @Mamabyrd: It's a careful balance to be achieved so that you still taste the rooibos. Chocolate can be over-powering, not that I'm complaining....

      • Mamabyrd 4 years ago

        I love flavored tea but I never thought of adding chocolate

      • Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

        I'm up to tryng this tea. It's new to me.

      • LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

        I like Rooibos tea (being from Africa). While i prefer plain tea I do like to try a flavored tea occasionally. I love chocolate so may try your recipe.

      • SoniaCarew 5 years ago

        I am Namibian, and my mother was South African. So, I love rooibos tea.

        But I have not tasted the chocolate flavored rooibos tea.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          You got my interest dear, I will be looking for the tea.

          Looking forward to it. - Thank you! :)

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          Tea Pixie 4 years ago

          @DLeighAlexander: Being somewhat dedicated to chocolate will help. At least, it makes it inviting to me. ;)

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          DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

          Never tried rooibos tea before but chocolate flavored sounds interesting.

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          Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

          We take a lot for granted in SA. Room is is a popular tea, flavored or not. Personally I don't drink any kind of tea.

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          Tea Pixie 4 years ago

          @Mamabyrd: Ooooo - it will be a wee escape for you, such a busy mom. A sip of chocolate rooibos seems to give me a hug on the inside, a great form of consolation when the little ones are busily buzzing around.

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          Mamabyrd 4 years ago

          Thank you for the interesting idea and recipe I will have to try it and let you know how I like it.

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          Tea Pixie 5 years ago

          @cupcakeideas1: You know, 101cupcakeideas, I make this tea for myself when I am feeling indulgent. The flavour of the chocolate nibs is a 'comfort' flavour for me. I hope you enjoy it, too. :)

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          cupcakeideas1 5 years ago

          Very interesting! I want to give this a try...

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          Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

          Since I've never had it I really don't have an opinion on it. But if it has chocolate chances are I'll like it :)

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          LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

          I prefer black tea usually

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          Tea Pixie 5 years ago

          @AlexTedford: Thank you, Alex! Aside from being a lovely, tingly drink, peppermint tea might even help address insomnia! Thanks for sharing.

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          AlexTedford 5 years ago

          Awesome lens! When I went to England, I fell in love with peppermint tea :)

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          Tea Pixie 5 years ago

          @JoshK47: Thanks Josh! Hmmmm, now I'm trying to guess what your favourite is....

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

          Good info! Rooibos tea in general isn't my favorite, but still, nice lens! :)