Sunday, May 8, 2011

ChocolateBet: May 8, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:
1 cup+
David Rio
Organic Mint Chocolate (Herbal Tea)
Net Weight: .0425 oz. /0.85 oz. (24 g.) total box
Calories: N/A
Cost: $6.95 total package/box of 20 tea bags
Purchased from: Seabreeze Market, in Berkeley, CA

This is the last day (Day #8) of Organic Chocolate Theme Week -- and Day #1 of Drinking Chocolate Theme Week. David Rio (San Francisco) offers a variety of teas, chai, and other beverage products. The company's Organic Mint Chocolate herbal tea was made with Organic Peppermint, Organic Spearmint, and organic-compliant natural flavors (chocolate essence).

If this refreshing infusion (hot or cold) still leaves you craving more cacao, there are several ways to incorporate this tisane into chocolate beverages. For example, I dipped a Mint Chocolate tea bag into some Organic hot chocolate to steep for a few minutes, with good results.

I also added some hot milk with melted dark organic chocolate bar squares -- for a mint-infused dark cocoa drink. Both tisane (before) and mint-infused cocoa (after) versions were good. Some chocolate lovers may want to add a bit of honey or sugar, but I enjoyed this cup of mint tea, with and without milk and chocolate additions -- with no added sweetener.

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