Tea of the Week for June 6, 2016: Chocolate Hazelnut & Strawberry Honeybush
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Tea Description: For this tea, I was inspired by the oh-so-decadent act of dipping strawberries into warm Nutella. (YUM!)
I started with my organic honeybush and added organic cacao shells and nibs; organic roasted, salted sunflower seeds (for that nutty appearance and just a hint of salt) and organic freeze-dried strawberries. The result is a quite fantastic!
Chocolate-y, nutty, strawberry goodness!
organic ingredients: honeybush, cacao nibs, cacao shells, roasted salted sunflower seeds, freeze-dried strawberries and natural flavors.
I don't do it often but occasionally when I've got a serious chocolate-y craving and I actually have strawberries on hand, I'll heat up a generous scoop of Nutella (well, actually, I prefer this product from Justin's) and I'll start dipping the strawberries into the chocolate-hazelnut goopy goodness. It's messy and it's actually not often that I have a bunch of fresh strawberries on hand because my family usually eats them before I get a chance to sit down with my chocolate hazelnut butter and start dipping but it's SO GOOD!
This tea manages to capture those flavors. (Not the texture, mind you, because this is tea and not a bowl of strawberries and chocolate-hazelnut spread.) I'm tasting chocolate, strawberry and hazelnut - in that order. The honeybush has a natural nutty flavor to it so it seems to accentuate the nutty flavors. It's sweet but not too sweet. It's really quite a nice way to enjoy the concept of strawberries dipped in Nutella without all the calories.
To Brew: I recommend using 2 teaspoons of the tea to 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 195°F) and let it steep for 6 - 8 minutes (I went with 8 minutes.) Then let it cool for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.
As with all flavored teas, sugar will enhance the flavoring. This is tasty without the flavoring though so it's OK to go sugar free with it but if you want a really strong, well-defined chocolate, hazelnut and strawberry experience, add about a half a teaspoon of raw sugar to your cup. You'll be glad you did!