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Today in Ohio it is a cloudy cold day with the threat of rain. While sitting snug as a bug at home in my cozy sweats, I can’t help thinking about comfort food. Which for me usually equates to something hot and sweet in the winter and cold and sweet in the summer. If you are not familiar with the term “comfort food”, I define it as food that a person is instantly drawn to when feeling strong emotions – positive or negative. Wikipedia defines “comfort food” as familiar, simple foods that are usually home-cooked or eaten at informal restaurants. They are foods that are often emotionally significant to a person or group of people and are sometimes related to pleasant associations of childhood. Either way, I think you get the picture.

Never a stranger to multi-tasking, I find myself engrossed in blogging, tweeting, watching the Bengals’ game while simultaneously thinking about and searching allrecipes.com for comfort food.  I was excited to discover the following recipe for Indian Chai Hot Chocolate, as it appeals to my winter comfort food craving – hot and sweet to taste while easy to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • chai tea**
  • 1 (.55 ounce) package instant hot chocolate mix

Directions

  1. Mix water and milk together
  2. Bring to a boil (either microwave or stove top)
  3. Pour liquid over chai tea and steep according to tea directions and strain
  4. Stir in the hot chocolate mix

** There are many chai options. Some of my favorite chai teas that I would use in this recipe are: Black Vanilla Chai from Dragonwater Tea, Original Masala Chai from Yogic Chai, or Indian Spice from Harney and Sons Fine Teas.  If you are not a loose tea drinker or prefer the convenience of a tea bag, feel free to substitute for this recipe.

I hope you enjoy creating and drinking this winter treat. Please return to share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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So I’m a sucker for the word free…

Which leads me to the crux of this post. I received a “top secret” notification from one of my online sources about a great new program being offered by Yogic Chai. A program geared at removing the mystery that shrouds online shopping. The try me first then buy me program. Here’s how it works according to Yogic Chai… 

“Shopping online can be quite a mystery & risk sometimes. Whether you are buying a pair of jeans, shoes, a new perfume or some loose chai tea… how would you know you will actually like what you are buying?

1) You can read reviews, both from customers and from critics
2) You can take a look at different pictures of the product.

But that’s really it. In the case of clothes, you can’t try them on and see if they fit you right. In the case of tea, you can’t take a sip and see if you like it. So, what to do? You take a chance.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to request a FREE sample of any blend you think you would be interested in buying before you buy it.  If you like it, you can then buy it with confidence.   If you don’t, try another one!  

(Note: at this time we are only offering one sample request per month per customer, unless you buy a previously requested sample in that month which will entitle you to be able to request another sample)”

To join Yogic Chai’s FREE sample promotion click HERE and join!

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My Saturday morning tea was Organic Mountain High Chai Tea. A lover of chai tea, I could not wait to taste and remininsce about my first loose tea experience. It was Indian Spice (a yummy chai tea) from Harney and Sons. So with eager anticipation, I tore open the see-through pouch containing the nylon tea sachet.

Composition: Organic Single Region Assam black tea, Organic cinnamon, Organic cardamom seed, Organic cloves, organic orange peel, natural flavor.

Dry Visual: Full of earth tones Organic Mountain High Chai contained a mixture of oranges, browns, and creams. I could not discern any additional characteristics as this is loose tea in a biodegradable nylon sachet.

Dry Aroma: Yummy! A distinct aromatic spiciness characteristic of chai teas. 

Flavor: Organic Mountain High Chai Tea was flavorful, yet a bit milder than I expected. The various spices blended together well giving a true chai tea experience. I initially sipped without sweetener and found Organic Mountain High Chai Tea to be naturally sweet. However, as a true lover of chai, my cuppa tea just wasn’t right without some sort of sweetener – at a minimum. Adding Sugar-In-the Raw enhanced my chai experience. While I would have loved to incorporate milk or cream, Organic Mountain Chai was not robust enough to add.

Liquor: A reddish-brown hue.

Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 3 minutes. Initially I brewed for the recommended 3 minutes, but added an additional 2 minutes.

Manufacturer: Two Leaves and A Bud

Caffeine: Yes.

If you have never enjoyed chai tea, let me first tell you that the word “chai” is Hindi for tea. There are no other teas I would add both milk and a sweetener to other than chai. The complexity in taste is amazing. Some call the concoction “chai tea latte” (like Starbucks) I usually drop the latte. Sounds too much like coffee. 🙂

So, if you have had the opportunity to enjoy a cup of Organic Mountain High Chai Tea please stop by and comment. I would love to hear your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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