Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Chocolate Tea: Teapigs vs Tesco

I received a press release a little while back, announcing that the company Tea Pigs had developed a blend of tea leaves with real chocolate flakes inside each tea bag. (Actually, they call it a tea 'temple' - it's more of a silky packet than a papery, perforated tea bag). Then, a couple of days later, I received a release from Tesco saying that they had also now developed a chocolate tea forming part of their Finest range.

And if you've ever dipped a chocolate biscuit in a cup of black tea, you'll know that the melted chocolate leaves behind a sweet, slightly chocolatey flavour in the cup. Would it taste like that, I wondered? So I went online and ordered a pack of the Tea Pigs tea, and Tesco kindly sent me a box of their chocolate tea to try.

I took a deep sniff into the pack of Tea Pigs tea, and it did smell a bit like chocolate. It had that cocoa flavour, and a vanilla scent. I prepared it as stated on the pack, and drank it with a little drop of milk. I don't know why, but I expected it to taste more of chocolate than it did. But then again, this is chocolate TEA and not hot chocolate. It was good. And it'll stave off a sugar craving and perk you up in the afternoon. I loved that vanilla scent wafting up from the hot liquid. It's really soothing and I have been drinking it quite regularly. The information on the pack states that there are actually real chocolate flakes in the blend of tea, and they're a tad on the pricey side at £3.99 for 15 tea bags (sorry, 'tea temples').

Tea Pigs Chocolate Flake Tea
Teapigs Tea Temple
Teapigs Chocolate Flake Tea


The Tesco tea was quite similar. It  tasted predominantly of black tea with quite a strong vanilla scent. But not as chocolatey perhaps as the Tea Pigs blend. The Tesco tea blend contains 5% cocoa - I wonder if the chocolate flakes that Tea Pigs uses make a stronger chocolate-tasting cuppa. But then Tesco's version, at £1.79 for 50 tea bags, is much cheaper than the Tea Pigs option.

Tesco Chocolate Tea in the cup

Tesco chocolate Tea tea bags

Tesco Chocolate Tea - as it looks in the box

If I had to choose which was my favourite, it would definitely be the Tea Pigs tea because it is slightly more chocolatey than the Tesco tea. But the Tesco tea really does give you a taste for what the chocolate tea craze is all about - for a fraction of the cost. But for me, neither taste like a chocolate biscuit-dipped cuppa - it's a completely different kind of flavour.

What do you think? Would you buy chocolate tea?  

6 comments:

  1. Ooh, I'll have to look for these when we go shopping tomorrow!

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  2. Organized content is the best way to display or post an article, thank you for making it easy to digest your post.

    Chocolate tea

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  3. I love the tesco chocolate tea bags. Very refreshing and lovely as straight black tea with one sugar...Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...YUMMY!

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  4. Just been to tesco's to get some more and it's not availible any more...

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    1. Yes, I've been told the same. Such a shame as such a unique tea drinking experience. It still appears on the website but can't be delivered as not available from local store (which is huge). Teapigs at £3'99 per 15 bags is far too expensive.

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  5. I like Yogi Choco Spice http://www.yogitea.eu/en/products/details/choco/ It is sweet and chocolatey, yum! £2.19 from Holland and Barrat for 20 tea bags, but the are so strong you can get large mugs per bag.

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