Is there anything better than chocolate? (Besides tea, probably not.) So what could be a more perfect union than chocolate AND tea?
Chocolate tea sounds almost too good to be true, but it isn’t — the combination is not only delicious, but it also has tons of health benefits. In fact, chocolate was so precious to the ancient Mayans that it was actually used as currency! Chocolate was also an essential part of the US military rations during World War I.
Health Benefits of Chocolate
Cacao, the bean that chocolate is made from, has been hailed by many as a superfood. Why? Because it has over 700 compounds and is rich in antioxidants, the most important of which are the flavanols catechin and proanthocyanidin. This powerful combination can help protect your cells from damage and can reduce the risk of many diseases.
In addition, according to Yale researchers, the cocoa in chocolate (which is similar to cacao) has great effects:
“Cocoa can protect nerves from injury and inflammation, protect the skin from oxidative damage from UV radiation in topical preparations, and have beneficial effects on satiety, cognitive function, and mood.”
In a study of 4970 people, Harvard researchers found that chocolate was inversely related with coronary heart disease. A study in 2005 from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition even found that eating 100 grams of dark chocolate for 15 days reduced blood pressure and improved insulin sensitivity in healthy people.
Try Delicious Chocolate Tea Selections
Ready for this yummy combination? Try our organic and fair-trade certified Chocolate Monkey Tea! Before you even sip your drink, you’ll be serenaded with the sweet aroma of ripened bananas. Then, with the first sip, you’ll indulge in a rich and silky chocolate flavor — imagine taking the best banana milkshake you’ve ever had and the best chocolate cake you’ve ever had and making a tea out of them!
Enjoy Chocolate Monkey Tea as a diet-friendly way to get a sweet treat in the morning or evening that tastes like dessert in a cup. You can even add a splash of milk to this amazing drink. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)
Or you can make your OWN chocolate tea using our Organic Dragonwell ! To seamlessly combine the flavor of chocolate and tea (as well as their tremendous health benefits), here’s all you need for a heavenly result:
- 1 teaspoon organic Dragonwell Green Tea
- 8 ounces of purified water
- ¼ teaspoon ground ceylon cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon cacao nibs or 1 teaspoon cacao powder
- Optional: Raw honey or coconut sugar
- On the stove, bring the water, cacao, and cinnamon to a boil.
- Boil for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool to a temperature of 180 to 190°F.
- Pour over your green tea and allow to steep for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Discard the used green tea and add sweetener if you want.