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Monday, May 31, 2010

Product Review: Chocolate Teas

Until recently, I'd never heard of a Chocolate Tea. Probablly because before starting the Belly Fat Cure I just would have had a Hot Chocolate, so why bother? But I'm in love with Chocolate Teas right now! A nice hot tea can't be beat on a cool night and they have really helped my night time snacking. I recently heard Dr. Oz say you can't just get rid of a Bad Habit, you had to replace it would a good One.

As a rule teas are all 0 grams Sugar, 0 grams Carbs, but always check the package to make sure. These teas also have antioxidants along with tasting great!

I was kind of annoyed with the Husband when I brought home the latest batch of Chocolate Tea to try. "I didn't realize there were so many different kinds" he said. As if the store shelves are filled with Chocolate Teas... as if! The thing is, I've scoured the stores and bring them ALL home to try! I try lots of things I don't like, but I typically only write about the things I really, really like. These three are all ones I really, really liked. (The others can go unmentioned, and I've tried several stinkers, but I think there is a reason the Stash brand of teas is so inexpensive.)

I pretty much make them all the same, as my sister says, the old fashioned way. I set a kettle to boil on the stove top. Lots of times I do this as I put my boys to bed. Somewhere in the middle of reading it starts to whistle and I excuse myself to pour the pot and let it steep. As they are all cuddled in, my evening snack is all ready. On a cool night it also steams up the kitchen a little and gives me a quiet minute to myself after the house is calm. If the Husband is home, he will also join me for cup.

Numi Organic Tea Chocolate Puerh, 16-Count Full Leaf Tea Bags (Pack of 2)Numi Chocolate Puerh was my "first favorite" Chocolate Tea. I add a package of a Stevia sweetener to the whole pot and a little cream to the cup, and it is so good! This tea is really rich enough that even when I don't at the bit of cream, it tastes really creamy. I have seen Numi teas at several stores, but only found the Chocolate Puerh at Whole Foods. There are 16 bags in each package and is $9 a box at Whole Foods, less at Amazon.
Republic of Tea Double Dark Chocolate Mate 40039

Republic of Tea's Double Dark Chocolate Mate is also great. In fact they have so many great teas, and their Decaf Peach is my favorite for iced tea. When you open the cannister it is dusted with dutch cocoa powder and really seems decadent. Right now, I'm addicted to this tea! I also add one packet of a Stevia sweetener to the opt (1 packet for the whole pot) and a touch of cream to the cup. It has 36 tea bags and is $14 at Whole Foods, a little more at Amazon.


Mighty Leaf Tea Chocolate Mint Truffle Herbal Tea, 15-Count Boxes (Pack of 3)
Mighty Leaf's Chocolate Mint Truffle tea is my Husband's favorite. The mint taste is really light and subtle, but refreshing. I really could have sworn that this tea had sugar in it, but I wrote Mighty Leaf on twitter and they said no, it does not. (Just another reason I love twitter!) This one really doesn't need the packet of Stevia sweetener in my opinion. But do still add a little cream. The little tea bags are very fancy and made from silk. It is $5 for a box of 15 tea bags at Whole Foods and about the same price at Amazon.

Do you have a favorite nighttime ritual? Or a good healthy eating habit that replaced an old bad one? And if you have a favorite Chocolate Tea, please let me know! I can't wait to try some of the coconut teas a few readers have already mentioned.

FYI. Right now I am using Sun Crystals as my Stevia sweetener. It has the best price at my local grocery chain and with just 1gram sugar/1gram carbs, I think it's the best S/C Value for my buck. I use Whipping Cream for my cream.

Update: I totally forgot to mention caffeine (Thanks Hollie!). It must have some caffeine content, because I think cocoa naturally does. But I am very sensitive to caffeine later in the day and these teas do not keep me awake. I frequently have them at the very end of the day too. If you find that they do keep you up, please leave a comment and let me know!

14 comments:

  1. wow I've never heard of these. Do they taste much different to regular cocoa? x

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  2. I really just love to eat my 2 squares of Lindt 85% chocolate after dinner. But when I am out I have clemmys. Toasted almond is my favorite! :-)

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  3. I LOVE Republic of Tea! I'll have to look for that one. If you like tea in general, I'll have to send you some Carmelized Pear from a local place here. It's sooooo yummy.

    With all my drama, my weight's stayed steady. Even went right back down after vacation! Gotta love the BFC!

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  4. Amber Is there caffiene? if so does it keep you up at night? I have been looking for a yummy night time snack...thanks for the review

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  5. I make Jorge's recipe for homemade ice cream and it is delicious! I also make his frosting for the brownie recipe and heat this up a bit and pour it over the ice cream, this is totally amazing, I almost feel guilty eating this! I mostly save this for the weekend treats, but i have a bowl maybe twice a week. I'm down 25lbs and losing steadily. What a way of life, this is a miracle!!!

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  6. Thanks Hollie - I added an updated about Caffeine which I had forgotten to mention!

    And OMG Lisa! I have stayed away from the brownie and ice creams, just because I don't think can control myself! Sounds decadent!

    ME :) - they are really close to hot chocolate tastes I thought. I know some ppl just heat up the Unsweetened Almond Chocolate milk, but I dont love the flavor of that really. These, I love!

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  7. My favorite is Republic of Teas Cocoa and Coconut flavor. My sleep is not bothered by it when I drink it at night. I also use a packet of sun crystals and some cream for a whole pot. It has replaced my nightly glass of wine. Amazed that I don't miss that anymore!

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  8. Amber...last night i had a bowl with the chocolate and swirled in a little Natures Hollow strawberry jam! LOL

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  9. Harney's Chocolate Mint tea is wonderful and lightly minty. $5.95 for 20 sachets or it also comes in bulk. http://www.harney.com/Chocolate-Mint-20-Sachets-in-tin/productinfo/30612/

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  10. Thanks Catriona - That tea sounds great, Ill have to check it out! So glad to find other tea lovers!

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  11. Hi Amber,

    I got the Numi Chocolate Puerh, and really like it! Thanks for the reviews that you do, they are very helpful!

    On another post (the green choc superfood giveaway) I mentioned that we (hubby and I) had started a blog. You posted that you were going to check it out and I wondered what you thought of it. Also I was wondering if you might email me (jbandbfa@gmail.com) so I could ask you some questions about driving traffic to my blog.

    Thanks Amber!

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  12. Hi Barb! SO glad you liked the tea!! I did check it out and cant wait to see what you come up with on the App! Id love to chat with you about it, Ill email you. I was unable to leave a comment on your blog, and that hasnt every happened to me before, but I know ppl say it happens with them here.

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  13. Hi Amber,

    Thanks for letting me know, I should have the comments thing straightened out now. If you (or anyone else)could give it a shot, I'd sure appreciate it! - jbandbfa.blogspot.com

    Thanks for your time!

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  14. I just had Stash Decaf Chocolate Hazelnut tea. Added a little cream and nuvia. Yummy! Can;t wait to trysome of the others mentioned.

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