These last few weeks of cold weather here in New England are tough. The sun is shining, and technically it’s spring now, but I guess this snow didn’t get the memo. It’s cold days like this that a hot sip of tea hits the spot. So does a gulp of hot cocoa. Why not just combine them? You don’t need to choose. Today’s blog post is all about fun combinations of our favorite teas and hot cocoas. Enjoy!
This is super easy. First, make your favorite hot cocoa. Some prefer to make hot cocoa from dark chocolate cocoa powder and sugar, following the directions on the package. Others prefer to use packets of hot cocoa mix or spoonfuls from a tub. You can even melt chocolate in a double boiler and add your favorite milk. Whether you are sugar free, dairy free or more traditional, I recommend you make your hot cocoa exactly how you like it.
The trick in these recipes below is that you replace 1/3 to 1/2 of the liquid with freshly steeped tea. It’s your drink. Make it just how you like it.
Thin Mint – Chocolate and mint. It’s a match made in heaven. Why not combine your favorite minty tea from Culteavo with your favorite hot cocoa recipe? There are several kinds of minty inspired tea found at Culteavo. Here are a few you might choose:
Holy Detox Herbal Blend (holy basil, spearmint, rosehips, lemon myrtle and linden blossoms)
Wellbeing Organic Herbal Blend (anise seeds, fennel seeds, orange peel, lemon verbena, liquorice root, spearmint, chamomile and peppermint)
Try a sprinkle of Culteavo mint infused sugar crystals on top for garnish!
Spicy Chocolate Ginger Snap – There is something so powerful about the way opposites attract. When you combine spicy with sweet, it’s a winner. Have you ever tried crystallized ginger or chocolate covered crystallized ginger? In this adventurous combination of ginger and cocoa you can take a walk on the wild side.
Cold Comfort (ginger root, rosehips, tulsi, orange and lemon peels, lemon myrtle, lemon grass, ginger and citrus flavors)
Yoga Ayurvedic Herbal Blend (cinnamon pieces, ginger, stinging nettle leaves, cloves, sweet blackberry leaves, cardamom seeds and white pepper) This photo I added a shake of cinnamon on top and served with a cinnamon stick. A piece of ginger would be fun too!
Yoga Chai Organic Herbal Blend (cinnamon and ginger pieces, cardamom seeds, cloves, black pepper)
Double Chocolate Madness – For those folks who like their hot cocoa chocolaty and their tea chocolate too. This easy combination gives your hot cocoa a kick of caffeine and an extra boost of chocolaty taste.
Swiss Chocolatea Black Tea Blend (high altitude grown ceylon black tea, cocoa, chamomile petals and natural flavors)
Chocolate covered Almond – This combo of your favorite hot cocoa and nutty herbal blend is like grabbing a handful of chocolate covered almonds. It’s comforting and familiar.
Roasted Almond Herbal Blend (apple pieces, sliced and crushed almonds, cinnamon, beetroot pieces and flavoring)