Here comes February and cupid calls upon all those sweet nothings you’ve saved up through the year. How about trying your hand at homemade chocolate chai?
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, there is a lot of love on everyone’s mind. There is constant pressure to outdo each other every year and with the market flooded with all kinds of gifts, we hoped you would prefer a simpler, handmade expression of health and quality time to show your love.
Without further adieu, it is time to take charge of the kitchen counter and whisk up a magic potion like no other! As always, keep your trusted Vahdam Teas package by your side. You wouldn’t want to compromise on the fresh burst of love from the tea!
Dark And Sinful Chocolate Almond Tea
We found an interesting gluten-free recipe at Sue’s Nutrition Buzz and decided to share with all of you. Try it!
What you need:
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of almond milk (best to use a homemade one to avoid allergy)
2 gm Arya Ruby Second Flush black tea
1 heaped teaspoon of cocoa, unsweetened
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 pinch cinnamon powder
1 stevia sachet
Bring the water o a boil and steep the tea for 4–5 minutes. Once brewed, strain the tea and add warm homemade almond milk, cocoa powder, almond extract, cinnamon and the stevia. Serve with a stick of cinnamon in the cup!
Green Tea Chocolate
For all the green tea lovers, here’s a secret chocolate potion that will make your special someone swoon! You might want to consider making extra portions so you don’t finish all of it yourself.
2 cups of unsweetened coconut milk
2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
1–2 tbsp of honey
2 gm Himalayan Bullets green tea
Steep the green tea in your choice of water or coconut milk. Pour the steeped tea in a high powdered blender. Add the cocoa powder, and sweetener to the green tea in the blender. Blend until creamy.
Chocolate Chai Tea
This incredible recipe is satisfying at so many levels that you’d want to extend your date to indulge in a few more servings.
1 cup water
4 gms Jungpana Exotic First Flush Black Tea
1⁄4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons (6 tablespoons total)
1⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups almond milk
1⁄2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
couple grains salt
whipped cream (optional)
In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat; add tea. Cover and steep 5 minutes. Strain the tea. Stir in sugar and cocoa. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Add milk, vanilla, spices and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is heated through, about 5 minutes. Do not boil. Strain, if desired. Pour into warm mugs. Garnish each with whipping cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg, if desired.
Minty Chocolate Tea
When you have found someone truly special, don’t be afraid to go all out to tell them how special they are. For such an occasion, a simple chocolate tea will not do. We discovered a tried and tested recipe by Carrie Foster to make an extraordinary brew that is so delicious, it will save you the need for spelling out your feelings.
2 gms Glenburn Darjeeling Black Tea
4 mint leaves
1–2 tablespoons cocoa powder
10 ounces hot water
2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
Stevia or your choice of sweetener, to taste
Bring the water to boil and add your tea as well as the mint leaves. Let it steep for 2–3 minutes. Stir in cocoa powder, non-dairy milk, and sweetener, to taste. Serve hot.
Turmeric Chocolate Chai
From our dear friend Sara Shacket at Tea Happiness, we discovered a masala chai tea with turmeric recipe! This one will surely get the attention of your beloved ones and ensure that you have many happy and healthy more Valentines Day celebrations ahead.
1 1/2 cups whole milk (any milk of choice will do, but I prefer cow’s, almond, or coconut)
1/2 cup water
3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp. loose Arya Diamond Darjeeling Black Tea
6 cardamom pods
1 small cinnamon stick
5 whole cloves
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, or 1/2 tsp dried
1/2 inch piece of fresh turmeric, or 1/4 tsp dried
2–3 tbsp. granulated sugar (or to taste)
pinch of salt
In a small saucepan heat the milk and water slowly over low heat until it starts to get warm and slightly bubbly around the edges. Don’t do this over high heat, or the liquid will erupt onto the stovetop! Once warm, whisk in the cocoa powder until combined. Then add the tea, spices (I like to crack open the cardamom pods for more flavor), ginger, and turmeric. Let everything lightly simmer (remember, that milk can bubble over!) for about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add 2 tbsp of sugar and the pinch of salt. Stir gently until dissolved. Taste, and add more sugar if desired. I like to start with less, and then add more if necessary. Once you have enough sugar stirred in, strain into mugs and sip happily!
We hope that these 5 incredible chocolate based teas will make a lasting impression. Don’t forget to let us know how the brewing went.
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