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post #1 of 15
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So, Chicago is a Starbucks test market, and lately they've been hawking a "spicy" hot chocolate, similar to chocolate drinks in mexico and spain.
I tasted a tiny sip of one the other day. Oh mama. Chocolatey and cinnamony. Sort of like if a Chai and hot cocoa had a baby. Then, I realized that I can rarely afford the nearly 300 calories and 15 grams of fat that an 8 oz of the Starbucks cocoa provides. Not to mention all that white sugar.

So, I took it upon myself tonight to recreate it, but healthily, in my own kitchen and I did pretty darn good.

I boiled about 2 tbsp of loose-leaf Indian Chai given to me by an Indian friend with about 8 oz of water til the tea was good and dark- you could use a commercial Chai tea bag if you don't have a "hook-up" like I do.

Once the tea is good and dark, strain it into a big mug, and add two packets of splenda and two tbsp of unsweetened cocoa. Add a bit of milk for creaminess, and a little bit of ground cinnamon and nutmeg on top.

OH MAN....so good and with skim milk and splenda, not at all bad for you!
post #2 of 15
A "chocolately genius" are you? Did you make enough for all of us?
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
A "chocolately genius" are you? Did you make enough for all of us?



I could definately go for some of that tonight - send some my way!
post #4 of 15
That sounds really good
I'll have to try it some day.

I make some spicy hot chocolate myself sometime, except I never tried with tea. Plus mine has hot peppers too (I know, sounds weird but it's really awesome... if you can get the spices right). Mine's just water, cocoa, milk, sugar, a dried hot pepper, cinnamon and cloves. You just have to be careful not to let the hot pepper in for too long.
post #5 of 15
Mmm, let me see....yummy tea, plus cocoa and sweetener, and cinnamon spice?!? Sounds like a winner to me!
post #6 of 15
Mmmmmmmm. That sounds sooo good right now. I'll have to get me some of that tea and some splenda. (I'm not as health concious as you).
post #7 of 15
sounds terrible but I'd be willing to try it
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by marie-p
That sounds really good
I'll have to try it some day.

I make some spicy hot chocolate myself sometime, except I never tried with tea. Plus mine has hot peppers too (I know, sounds weird but it's really awesome... if you can get the spices right). Mine's just water, cocoa, milk, sugar, a dried hot pepper, cinnamon and cloves. You just have to be careful not to let the hot pepper in for too long.
I thought about putting a tiny dash of dried ground thai chili in there but decided just to use some really strong cinnamon instead. I think next time when I'm feeling saucy I'll put some in.

I also thought it would taste good with the cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom chai spices, the cocoa and a shot of espresso instead of tea
But not at 9:30 at night or I'd be doing this at 3 in the morning...
post #9 of 15
Sounds intriguing. I like that Mexican mix of cinnamon & chocolate.
Marie's hot pepper drink might be a bit too daring for my tastes though! I think that's how the Mayans used to drink hot chocolate.
post #10 of 15
Chocolate in tea? That just isn't right. In coffee yes, but not tea.
post #11 of 15
Now that sounds yummy...........
post #12 of 15
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Oh mama. Chocolatey and cinnamony. Sort of like if a Chai and hot cocoa had a baby.
I don't know why I found that so amusing.. but I did
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by OllyExtra05
So, Chicago is a Starbucks test market, and lately they've been hawking a "spicy" hot chocolate, similar to chocolate drinks in mexico and spain.
I tasted a tiny sip of one the other day. Oh mama. Chocolatey and cinnamony. Sort of like if a Chai and hot cocoa had a baby. Then, I realized that I can rarely afford the nearly 300 calories and 15 grams of fat that an 8 oz of the Starbucks cocoa provides. Not to mention all that white sugar.

So, I took it upon myself tonight to recreate it, but healthily, in my own kitchen and I did pretty darn good.

I boiled about 2 tbsp of loose-leaf Indian Chai given to me by an Indian friend with about 8 oz of water til the tea was good and dark- you could use a commercial Chai tea bag if you don't have a "hook-up" like I do.

Once the tea is good and dark, strain it into a big mug, and add two packets of splenda and two tbsp of unsweetened cocoa. Add a bit of milk for creaminess, and a little bit of ground cinnamon and nutmeg on top.

OH MAN....so good and with skim milk and splenda, not at all bad for you!
You can get the loose-leaf chai at My Place for Tea, which is a chain, I think? I don't know. In Chicago, there's one across the street from the Leona's at Belmont and Sheffield, if you're ever in short supply and need to run out and get some real fast!

Sounds delicious...I'm coming over to try some! lol!
post #14 of 15
We have a Indian grocery store in town I'll have to see if they have this type of tea. I need to pick up some more anyway!!
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Leto86
I don't know why I found that so amusing.. but I did
I found it really amusing too
hahahaha

I cant immagine my self drinking it.. i really wonder what im going to taste when i go to america.. peanutbutter ice cream.. everything covered in hot brownies!
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