Mmmm, hot chocolate. This time of year, you’ll see a lot of reviews of chai teas, and a lot of reviews of teas that taste like hot chocolate. Well, here’s one that’s both! An extremely flavorful blend, so chocolate-y good that I liked it just as much without milk as with!
The first three ingredients are cocoa shells, cinnamon bark, and roasted chicory root. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you already know that I love the dark taste of chicory root, and as a base for herbal teas, I prefer it to rooibos. And blended with cocoa, they boost each other for a synergistic effect in the “dark and rich” department.
Although the package doesn’t say “chai” on it, when the list of ingredients consists largely of traditional chai spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves, it’s gotta be chai! The addition of cocoa to chai spices is one of those inventions of some anonymous genius who did it first; all I can say is, we ought to have a holiday in her honor! And this particular chocolate chai will be a great one to raise a cup to her!
Yogi Tea says about this tea:
Embark on a journey to the ancient Mayan temples, where prized cocoa beans were ground and mixed with spices to create a sacred beverage that symbolized fertility and prosperity. We’ve taken this combination into the modern era by combining cocoa shells, which supply powerful antioxidants, with the traditional Ayurvedic warming and cleansing spices of cardamom, clove and organic cinnamon bark.* The result is a perfectly balanced blend of flavor and health.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
As with most of Yogi Tea’s offerings, this one comes in tea bags, each individually sealed, so the tea will stay good for a long time, not that I think anyone’s going to have a box of it still unused at the end of the same winter in which you purchase it.
On each bag packet, Yogi Tea does make a point of telling you that this tea has about 5 mg of caffeine in it – all that cocoa! That’s about the same amount as in decaffeinated black tea. For most people, that’s not enough to keep one awake, but if you are extremely sensitive to caffeine, then it would make sense to treat this tea as you would a decaf black tea, drinking it only earlier in the day, not right before bedtime.
Because the herbal blend includes stevia leaf, this tea is naturally sweet, and does not need added sweetener. If you normally automatically add sweetener to your chai, give this a sip first, because you’ll want to add less than usual, if any. As I already mentioned, I found this tea to taste every bit as good without milk as with milk, even though it’s traditional to add milk to chai blends. As far as adding milk goes, I really liked almond milk in it, and vanilla soy milk also goes well with chai; these vegetable milks don’t add the fat that dairy milk would.