This is the kind of magical recipe that makes you believe in miracles or sorcery. You’ll never believe it when you taste the end product, but these recipes require NO cooking and are unbelievably easy to make. Kids will love making them, so will those of you who feel like desserts are hard to make, or cooking isn’t your thing.
It makes THE most delicious tasting chocolates, and allows you to create sophisticated or simple combinations depending on who you are making them for. Your foodie friends will fall in love with jasmine, chai or smoked tea infused chocolates, classic tea lovers will adore Earl Grey tea chocolates, and kids will love the mint tea chocolates.
All you need to do is simply put tea and chocolate in an airtight container for up to a week for the flavours to infuse. The tea releases its flavour into the chocolate, and all you need to decide on is which yummy combos to make.
It’s the perfect dessert idea or gift for someone who avoids gluten or dairy- if you make the recipe using dark chocolate (double check to make sure it’s vegan).
by Daniela Cubelic | Tea Master + Founder, SILK ROAD
1 tbsp Silk Road loose tea (placed into a tea filter bag) or 2 Silk Road teabags*
1⁄2 cup chocolate tablets, chips or a chocolate bar.
If using a chocolate bar, break it into bite-sized pieces. The smaller the chocolate pieces, the more surface area is exposed to tea, which results in an even better tasting finished product.
Airtight container (this is a great way to re-use your leftover Silk Road tea tins!)
1. Place the teabag in the bottom of an airtight container. If using loose tea, place tea into a filter bag first, before placing it into the airtight container.
2. Place chocolate over top of the tea, and put the lid on the container, and YOU’RE DONE!!
Don’t have a week to spare in order to make this? Double the amount of tea or teabags that you are using, but keep the amount of chocolate the same, and it will reduce the time it takes for the flavours to be released. I find that I can still get great tasting tea-infused chocolates in 1-2 days, if I increase the proportion of tea.
After the tea has finished being infused into the chocolate, you can remove the tea and still enjoy the leftover tea for brewing. In fact, it tastes very delicious when served paired with the tea-infused chocolate!
- Always select a tea with a strong aroma – for instance, trying to infuse the aroma of a plain black tea, or a plain green tea into chocolate doesn’t work very well, because it doesn’t have a lot of flavour or scent to release. Teas that don’t release a lot of flavour until they are brewed don’t make good teas for infusing into the flavour of the chocolate. Teas or herbs with strong, enjoyable aromas work best – Peppermint, Chai, Jasmine, Citrus, Lapsang Souchong (smoked black tea) and Earl Grey are great options. I love jasmine with white chocolate, and smoked black tea with dark chocolate.
- Don’t refrigerate the tea/chocolate while it is infusing – too cool an environment will inhibit flavour release. Avoid storing the tea/chocolate near excess heat too (don’t keep it near a stove) as heat can make the chocolate melt or change colour.
- Once the chocolate has been infused, continue to store it in an airtight container to prevent flavour loss. As long as you continue to store it in an airtight container, it will maintain the tea’s flavour for several months. Over time, the tea’s flavour will lessen. In that case, you can refresh it by repeating the procedure of adding tea to the airtight container. It will usually take less time to infuse the second time, as some of the tea’s flavour will still remain.
- Snack on these chocolates anytime, or serve them as dessert. Create an easy tea and chocolate pairing for dessert by taking creating several different types of tea infused chocolates, and then serving them with small amounts of the tea they were made from. It’s absolutely divine!