I have some amazing new flavored tea for those of you who love tea and chocolate all in one! They are called Original Cacao Tea and Vanilla Cacao Tea from Tisano!
I wasn't too sure that I would like that combination but it actually was very tasty and even my husband tried it and he normally doesn't drink tea, he is a coffee drinker. But because it had Chocolate in it, I was able to convince him to try it.
Let's start with the Original Cacao Tea:
I know it looks a little strange and when I first opened it, I thought I had a bunch of mulch or shredded leaves or something. But, after seeping it, I knew it was the Original Chocolate Tea.
Description of Original Cacao Tea:
Tisano CACAO TEA is an award winning herbal chocolate tea. We don’t use artificial flavorings – just 100% of world’s best organic cacao – creating a rich, natural and one-of-a-kind chocolate experience. Tisano is the innovator behind real chocolate infusions – join our adventure.
This healthy addiction is rich in antioxidants and has zero fat or calories. Cacao Tea contains Theobromine, a natural mood booster and with less caffeine than green tea or decaf coffee it is an ideal healthy alternative. Give it a try and unlock the wisdom of cacao, the original fruit of the gods.Specifications:
|Dimensions||.4 x .4 x .4 in|
|Flavor Profile||Rich dark chocolate aroma with delicate chocolate flavor tones lingering on the palate|
|Ingredients||100% Organic Tisano Cacao Shells|
|Caffeine||2mg / 08oz cup|
|Size||04 oz. / 114 gr.|
Here's what it looks like while it's seeping. As you can see, it would really help if you have an infuser or some other method to keep the flakes from falling into the tea. It doesn't take too long, about 3 to 5 minutes, depending on how dark or how light you want your tea to be. I like mine on the light side as you will see here in a few minutes.
Now, the Vanilla Cacao Tea was actually my favorite. It had just enough Vanilla in it to take a little edge off of the Chocolate, which I loved. It made these tea taste a little bit more like a tea than a mild and light hot chocolate. If you love Vanilla, then you are going to really like this one!
Description of Vanilla Cacao Tea:
If you love chocolate cupcakes this is the tea for you… In the 19th Century Dutch settlers in South Africa created an herbal infusion from the Rooibos bush. It is a caffeine-free natural source of antioxidants with a milky and nutty flavor profile. Combining Rooibos, Vanilla Beans and Cacao Tea creates a creamy chocolate dessert in a cup minus the calories, sugar, fat and packed with antioxidant goodness.
Tisano CACAO TEATM is an award winning herbal chocolate tea. We don’t use artificial flavorings – just 100% of world’s best organic cacao – creating a rich, natural and one-of-a-kind chocolate experience. Tisano is the innovator behind real chocolate infusions – join our adventure.
I don't know if you can tell or not, but this one is actually a tad lighter in color than the Original. It has a more golden like appearance if that helps you see the difference. Then the picture directly above is what the flakes look like right after seeping awhile. And below is my Vanilla Cacao Tea.
As you can see, I made it very light and even with my infuser, a few specks still came thru the infuser, which is okay, it won't hurt you to ingest them. Sometimes I will go around with a napkin or spoon and scoop as much up as I can. This made a really good cup of tea with just a small spoonful of sugar added.
|Dimensions||3.5 x 3.5 x 4.25 in|
|Ingredients||100% Organic Tisano Cacao Shells, 100% Organic Rooibos, 100% Organic Vanilla|
|Caffeine||2mg / 08oz cup|
|Size||08 oz. / 228 gr.|
They also have a Rose Cacao Tea, a Mint Cacao Tea and a Chai Cacao Tea. I can honestly say, I would have loved the Rose one even more. I love the taste of Rose flavored teas and if you haven't had the chance to try one, you really need to! You can also buy the organic chocolates from Tisano also.
About Tisano Cacao Tea:
We began sourcing and importing the first Organically Certified Cacao from Venezuela and are still involved in every step of the process – from working the harvest with the farmers, to loading up the truck, processing the beans into powder, butter and paste, to importing, distributing and direct sales.
While watching our first load of beans get processed in Venezuela, we were shocked that more than 12% was lost to the thin fiberous outer shell around the bean. While we didn’t know what we would do with them, we were certainly not going to leave them behind after spending over three months in the jungles to get the cacao plant certified organic.
After reading over scores of academic research, we found that the cacao shells absorb a lot of nutrients from the cacao bean and thus contain many similar health properties as the cacao beans themselves. The shell is also very high in magnesium and potassium and Vitamin D and is comprised of 80% insoluble fiber and 20% soluble fiber. So we tried to develop a high fiber substitute.I didn't grab all of the information because of the space issue, so please go and read the rest of the story. I am always amazed at how and why a company comes up with their idea's so I like to add that into my story.
I found this recipe for Tisano Mint Chocolate Tea Ice Pops on their site and just had to show you that there are some other ways to use their teas. I don't have the Mint flavor yet, so I wasn't able to try it out, but doesn't it look scrumptious? Go check out their Recipe section where you will find lots of other great idea's for holiday parties or just family coming over to eat. Surprise them with something new and unusual that will have them talking for days!
Now, here is one that I think would make an awesome gift anytime of year, but especially during the winter, it's the Mocha Cocoa Gift Jar that you make to give to your friends and family!
Here is the recipe on this one:
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup espresso powder
- 1 cup powdered milk
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup chopped bittersweet chocolate or miniature chocolate chips
- Layer cocoa powder, sugar, espresso powder, powdered milk, salt, and chocolate
- These mixes will fill a 1-quart jar (12 servings), but if your containers are different sizes, just keep the ratio of ingredients constant.
- On the back of the tag, write: “Mix contents in a large bowl. For each serving, place ⅓ cup cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup boiling water. Store remaining mix in airtight container.”
or try this one especially for Christmas Peppermint Hot Cocoa in a Jar:
This recipe will be listed right under the one I gave you above for the Mocha Jar. It pays to dig around on some of these sites to find interesting ideas that will delight everyone on your list!
Lastly, here is the difference between Cacao Tea vs. Caffeine:
There are some questions more common than others when our wonderful customers contact us with inquires about Tisano Cacao Tea . The most popular by far is how much caffeine does Cacao or Chocolate tea contain.
Cacao tea is caffeine free but it does contains a central nervous system stimulant called theobromine.
This ingredient is a far relative of caffeine and they are nothing alike. Comparing them its like saying that your weird 4th cousin, (that one you only saw a few times while you where growing up and never really understand) and you are similar.
If after this colorful explanation you are still not sure if you should pick Cacao Tea over any drink with caffeine or you are worried about the effect of this “new” healthier option called on Cacao Tea offers here you have a short fact list to make your life easier.Connect with Tisano:
290 Division St. #102
San Francisco, CA 94103
The awesome folks at Tisano have offered to give one winner 30 Assorted Tea Bags to try out! Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!