Tuesday Tea - Strawberry Cream Cacao Tea - Herbal Infusions

Tea Review: Strawberry Cream Cacao Tea - Herbal Infusions

Tea Description

A fresh and creamy blend of juicy, plump strawberries and vanilla with the goodness of cacao!

Experience the rich, velvety aroma and taste of premium dark chocolate without the calories, caffeine, or fat!  Cacao tea (aka Chocolate Tea) contains hundreds of natural compounds including theobromine (aids in focus and concentration) and antioxidants. 

Other Information

Leaf Type: Herbal

Where to Purchase: Herbal Infusions

Suggested Brewing Tips

Serving Size: 1-2 teaspoons per 8 ounces

Water Temp:  212°F

Steep Time: 3 - 5 minutes

To make cacao milk tea use 1 - 2 teaspoons per 4 ounces of water, steep for 5 minutes, then top with 4 ounces of whole milk. Before serving finish off with several tablespoons of sugar.

Review:

I've always been a chocoholic, but lately my love of all things chocolate hasn't been doing me any favors, I knew I had to give it up. Then I discovered chocolate tea was in fact a thing, so instead I decided to travel down the road of moderation and immediately rushed out to try chocolate teas from half a dozen different vendors. I wanted to find a way to indulge in my love of chocolate without increasing my waistline.

I should have known it was too good to be true.

Most of the chocolate teas I sampled tasted terrible, they were either watery and flavorless or artificial and chemical-like. I wasn't a fan. Then someone introduced me to cacao tea. It had some of the chocolate flavor I was looking for, without the sugar and calories. I wasn't immediately sold on the idea of it as a chocolate replacement, it lacked the creaminess of milk chocolate and the depth of dark chocolate, but it was a start. 

I began the hunt for local vendors and instead discovered a company in Canada selling different flavors of cacao tea— Vanilla, Mint, and Strawberry Cream. I knew they had to be included in my annual Black Friday buying binge, so I snapped up a sample of each (as well as a few other teas) and waited for them to arrive. Then I kept waiting. I emailed the company several times and got no reply. Six weeks later my order finally showed up, some of the items were missing, and still I got no reply from the company. Customer service at Herbal Infusions is really lacking, especially during the holiday season, which is a shame because many of their blends are delicious.

It's still summertime (although just barely) so the combination of strawberry, vanilla, and cacao really hit the spot. The vanilla gave the tea some of the creaminess I that was missing from the original cacao tea that I sampled and mixing it with equal parts of whole milk only made it that much better. The sweetness from the strawberry was just enough that I didn't find myself missing the sugar I opted to leave out, although I did try several cups of it sweetened. I will say that unlike the photo on the website, there were no chunks of strawberry in my sample and the strawberry flavor was rather light, but I felt like it was just enough so that it was present, but didn't overshadow the cacao. Overall, it's an interesting blend and it makes an especially tasty latte, but isn't something I'd drink every day.

My Rating: 70/100

Would I order this again? Probably not. I didn't find this lacking for anything, but it also isn't something you'd find me reaching for frequently.