This DIY chocolate mint tea makes the perfect dessert tea. I blended rich cacao nibs, cacao powder, and chocolate mint and the combination is a real treat!
This year my goal was to create my own tea garden. So far it has worked wonderfully with beautiful harvests of chamomile, lemon balm, spearmint, and my favorite: chocolate mint!
About Chocolate Mint
Now if you know anything about chocolate mint, you know that it doesn’t actually taste like chocolate. It has the classic mint taste with a deep chocolaty aroma, tricking the brain into thinking that it does indeed taste like chocolate.
Chocolate Mint is a cultivar of peppermint, which is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint. So basically, it has been bred to carry particular traits. That includes its beautiful chocolaty scent.
Since I happen to grow chocolate mint, I decided that it would be perfect for this DIY Chocolate Mint Tea. You can also use spearmint or peppermint if you do not have chocolate mint growing in your garden.
Cacao For A Chocolate Flavor
Since chocolate mint does not carry any chocolate flavor, I decided to achieve the flavor with cacao nibs, which are small pieces of crushed cacao beans. I ground mine with a coffee grinder until they resembled coarse coffee grounds, then mixed them with my mint.
The cacao nibs were not enough on their own, so I added a small amount of organic cacao powder. This gave the tea a richer flavor even though it left a little sediment in my cup. Totally worth it!
Now this tea does not have as much chocolate flavor as some of the commercial chocolate teas on the market who add “natural” or “artificial” flavorings. However, it does have a lovely delicate chocolate flavor and aroma that is just beautiful.
Plus, cacao is full of naturally occurring antioxidants that are wonderful for the body. An extra bonus for sure!
Making Chocolate Mint Tea
Sometimes DIYs work out just as planned, other times it takes a little bit of trial and error.
Since I’m new to making my own tea blends, this recipe took MANY tries to get right. I experimented with different types of mint, cocoa, and cacao nibs, as well as the ratios to blend them in. Sometimes the tea was too “minty” and other times I just couldn’t taste any chocolate at all.
My final try resulted in a tea that has a “hint” of chocolate and a delicate minty flavor. I think this was the closest I could get to a true chocolate tea. Both flavors are subtle, but they really are delightful! I enjoy this tea at night in place of dessert or anytime I am craving something sweet.
You can sweeten the tea with any sweetener of your choosing, although I’m partial to stevia as I keep a close eye on my sugar intake. Honey probably wouldn’t be the best choice of a sweetener for this tea as it likely would overpower the delicate flavor.
I did also try this tea when sweetened with sugar and found that it does have a less bitter chocolate taste than it did when sweetened with stevia. However, both teas tasted just fine to me so I think that is just a matter of preference.
Chocolate Mint Tea Recipe
- 2 teaspoons dried chocolate mint OR 4/5 fresh chocolate mint leaves
- 4 teaspoons cacao nibs, ground coarsely
- 1/2 teaspoon cacao powder
- Grind cacao nibs until they resemble coarse coffee grounds
- In a small bowl, combine cacao nibs and cacao powder, stir well
- Add in dried mint (ground finely)
- Spoon the mixture into two tea bags (or tea infusers)
- Pour 8 ounces of water over one tea bag/infuser
- Steep 5-10 minutes, sweeten, and enjoy!
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A Perfect Chocolate Mint Tea Blend of Mint & Cacao was written by Katie Vance.