Somewhere between chocolate, milk and tea is a delicious tea infused chocolate or chocolate enriched tea – whichever you prefer. If you are looking for a caffeine boost or added benefits and an extra dose of theobromine, this tea is a great alternative for regular hot chocolate. How to make a delicious cup of chocolate milk tea? It's quite simple.
What is chocolate milk tea?
If you ever made hot chocolate at home, you probably know that you can make it using different techniques. Once of them is melting milk or white chocolate in milk. And that's what chocolate milk tea is really about – adding a bit of hot chocolate taste to a regular cup of tea. Many pre-made chocolate blends contain chocolate drops for the same reason – to add creaminess and delicious chocolate flavour. That's what this recipe is all about – to make a true chocolate in milk tea feast.
Which tea should I choose?
You can choose different types of tea for making chocolate tea, but pure teas or tea blends with a similar flavour profile will work the best.
Try it with:
- English Breakfast tea
- pure Assam tea
- broken leaf Ceylon tea
- ripe pu'erh
- dark, heavily roasted oolong teas
You can also try:
- Mint flavoured black teas
- Orange flavoured black teas
- Strawberry flavoured black teas
This recipe is made with Chinese Dian Hong tea.
Why Dian Hong?
Dian Hong tea is a Chinese black tea with a flavour profile unlike any other teas. It has natural but light maltiness and smokiness and chocolaty notes. This tea is usually drank pure, rather than with condiments. If you are looking for a tea base with natural chocolate notes rather than flavoured blends, this tea is a perfect choice. Of course, there are many Dian Hong teas out there, and each of them will have a slightly different flavour. Choose teas with beautiful leaves and lots of golden buds.
Another excellent alternative for making this tea is Assam tea, which may sometimes have dark chocolate notes too.
How to make Chocolate Milk Tea?
This tea is super easy to make – you can make it within 10 minutes. Any dairy milk will work great with this recipe – even a skimmed milk as chocolate will add texture to tea. You don't need extra sweeteners for this tea unless you are using dark chocolate.
Can you just melt chocolate in brewed tea?
Absolutely. You can make a cup of tea, strain it, add hot milk and shredded chocolate. However, either simmered or steamed and frothed milk will give a much nicer texture and flavour. This is actually great for sweetening your tea with something unique, rather than using regular sugar or honey. When making milk teas, simmering is the best method, although the best doesn't mean you have to use it, especially if you are short on time.
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Chocolate Milk Tea
- Kitchen strainer
- 150 ml of water
- 150 ml of milk
- 2 teaspoons of Dian Hong tea leaves
- 20 grams of while chocolate, cut into small chunks
- Add water and tea leaves into a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and continue simmering for 3 minutes.
- Add milk, bring to a boil again, reduce and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat, add chocolate and stir until fully melted.
- Strain into a cup or glass.