Chocolate Chai
Organic Black Tea Blend

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Look a bit different? We reformulated this blend in summer 2015 to create a creamier body and richer chocolate taste.

An enticing, chocolatey blend combining strong black tea, dark cocoa shells and nibs with creamy coconut and sarsaparilla for a rich, decadent cup. Designed to be infused straight like tea, or add milk and brew like traditional chai.



Tasting Notes: Decadent cacao and creamy sarsaparilla with rich coconut and bittersweet dandelion root.

Ingredients: Organic black tea, organic coconut flakes, organic cinnamon, organic cocoa shells, organic sarsaparilla root, organic licorice root, organic cocoa nibs, organic roasted dandelion root, organic cloves, natural chocolate flavor.

Additional Info: Masala Chai, or "mixed-spice tea," is a rich spiced tea latte traditional to South Asia. We source and curate the finest teas, herbs and spices at peak season, which are chopped, crushed or ground to release their essential characters and combined in micro-batch blends to harmonize for flavor complexity.

Rishi Tea Blend
Mix 2 tbsp chai, 1 cup water, and 1 cup milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in sugar or sweetener to taste. Strain into a mug or pitcher and enjoy! Chai can also be enjoyed over ice.

We encourage you to experiment with the quantity of tea leaves and the length of the steep time to find your desired brew strength. Varying the water temperature isn't recommended, as water that is too hot will over-extract the bitter components of tea, while water that is too cool might not fully draw out the aromas and flavors of tea.
Chocolate Chai Muffins

"I recommend using Rishi Tea's Chocolate Chai for this recipe, but you can substitute two tablespoons looseleaf chai tea or two teabags to make these simple but sensational muffins."

—Gina De Roma, author of The Philosopher's Spoon


Ingredients:

1 cup milk 1 cup water
2 tablespoons Rishi Chocolate Chai tea
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 stick of butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix milk, water and tea in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain tea through a mesh strainer into a container. Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Preheat oven to 400°F

Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper cupcake liners. Set aside

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well mixed. Set aside.

Measure out 1 cup of the prepared chai tea.

In a smaller bowl, combine eggs, 1 cup of the chai tea, the brown sugar, butter and vanilla. Whisk together until thoroughly mixed.

Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir together until just combined (do not overmix). Don't worry if the batter isn't smooth. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes before removing from pan. I let them cool to room temperature in the pan and they were delicious.

Makes 12 muffins
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By Veronica Glynn on February 24, 2017
Cincinnati, OH United States
I am just beginning my relationship with black tea blends and received the Chocolate Chai as a sample. I read a lot of bad reviews for the new blend, but I personally love it. I didn't get to experience the old blend, so that may be why. I do not detect a strong licorice flavor, which I despise. I find this tea blend to be a warm mix of chocolate, sarsaparilla, and a hint of cloves. I do detect some other flavors, but I just can't seem to put my finger on what they are. Overall, I find it to be an enjoyable cup of tea. I barely have to add any sweetener and it just puts me in a good mood. I know how disappointing it can be when you fall in love with a tea blend only to have it change. I hope those people who have been disappointed can find a replacement or maybe come to love this blend as much as the previous one.

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By Faith on October 1, 2016
Astoria, NY United States
I love this tea. I start craving it as soon as it becomes fall. I personally think it's perfect if you make it with your milk of choice. So smooth and delicious.

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By David A. Mihaila on August 7, 2016
Diamond Head, HI United States
A delicious kaleidoscope of exotic spices to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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By Stephanie on May 9, 2016
Tecumseh, ON Canada
I fell in love with the original blend of this tea a few years back; high quality, organic ingredients (no "flavours) which, when brewed, produced an amazing, smooth, satisfying hot drink. When I repurchased the tea on line recently, I was surprised to see the new packaging (the seller displayed the old packaging on their website). I decided to try the tea despite the fact that the ingredient list bore little resemblance to the original. I was very disappointed. The flavour of the tea is as far off the mark as the ingredients list. I'm surprised it's still called "Chocolate Chai Tea" instead of something like "Licorice Tea" or "Root Beer Tea". Sadly this product is off my list. Even if you change it back, I can't support the move from recyclable exterior packaging to a metal tin, which isn't even remotely compostable and not recyclable. Not to mention the significant price increase :(
Owner Response: Hi Stephanie, Thank you for your review and suggestions on our Chocolate Chai. Our blenders were hard at work reforming many offerings in 2015 to ensure a smooth and consistent cup of tea. Chocolate Chai underwent a larger reform and is now blended with black tea. If you are interested in a chai with a similar pu-erh and cocoa base, we recommend our Vanilla Mint Chai. Rishi's emerald green tins are made of tin plate and are 100% recyclable. So please feel free to recycle through conventional means or use the tin for future tea storage. We sincerely appreciate your feedback on the new blend and tins. Your notes were shared with the rest of the team to use in future updates! -Rishi

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By Anna on May 4, 2016
Chicago, AL United States
I miss the old blend. It had a rich, complex flavor, and it was one of my staples. It was my 'rainy morning' tea, and one of my favorites to brew for guests because it got universal praise. When I ran out, I discovered that the formula had changed. I held off ordering again because of the negative reviews, but finally I caved and decided to give it a try. I won't be purchasing again. The new blend is very one-note, and that note is licorice. I have nothing against licorice tea, but if I want licorice tea, I will order that instead. I miss the intricate, layered flavors of the old blend. Is it possible the old tea could be made available, if not as 'chocolate chai'? A great tea under any other name would taste just as excellent! I'm sorry to say that a different tea under the same name is a huge disappointment.
Owner Response: Hi Anna, Thank you for your review! Your notes are crucial for the Rishi team to ensure we continue to provide offerings our fellow enthusiasts have grown to enjoy. -Rishi

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By Wendy Krauss on April 17, 2016
Boston, AL United States
I loved the original formula of this tea. It was rich and yet mellow and the subtle flavor was delicious. It could easily be adjusted by adding more sweetener or a bit of cocoa powder. I tried the new formula and found it completely unlike the original made with black tea instead of Pu-erh, too much licorice, and an unpleasant aftertaste. Please bring back the originial blend!
Owner Response: Dear Wendy, Thanks for your feedback. We've shared with our blending team. -Rishi

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By Lisa Buckingham on February 8, 2016
Stockton, AL United States
I fell in love with this Chocolate Chai in 2014; it was just the BEST compared to all other Chocolate Chais I had ever tasted. And then it changed...not for the better. Now it's just cardamom and ginger and worst of all, NO chocolate at all. So sad...No more of this unless they change it back.

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By Jeanne Prue on January 9, 2016
Newport, VT, AL United States
I received this chai as a gift. The flavor is fantastic! Warm, complex, with hints of coconut, chocolate, and alluring spice, it truly is comfort in a cup.

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By Salena on December 4, 2015
Havertown, AL United States
Chocolate chai has been my favorite blend for years but I didn't realize it had been reformulated last summer. Blech. I miss the pu-erh and don't like the increased sweetness. It isn't terrible but I won't be buying the current blend again.
Owner Response: Thanks for the feedback Salena! -Rishi

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By Marlene on November 30, 2015
Mercer Island, AL United States
I loved the old chocolate chai, but this new blend has too much licorice flavor and has a dull taste. The old blend had the right amount of chocolate and spices. I can hardly taste the chocolate in the new blend because the other flavors are overwhelming. Please bring back the old blend!
Owner Response: Thanks for the feedback Marlene! -Rishi

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By Sherry Rundell on October 5, 2015
Calgary, AL Canada
They have changed this and it doesn't taste at all like the previous blend that I enjoyed so much that I ordered a whole pound and paid a lot in shipping to have, because my local stores had run out. I appreciated the creamy mildness before and was finally able to replace my coffee. But this tastes a lot spicier and with a heavy taste of licorice. I'm so disappointed.
Owner Response: Hi Sherry, Thanks for your review. Please feel free to reach out to our customer service team to take us up on our Quality Promise. We've shared your feedback with our blending team. Thanks for sharing. -Rishi

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By lisa on September 5, 2015
SANTA ROSA, AL United States
Just bought new packaging and thought that was the only change.Not so.This has been my favorite tea for over 1 year..what happened to the blend?
Owner Response: Hi Lisa, Sorry the new reformulation is not working for you. Please feel free to reach out to our customer service team to take us up on our Quality Promise. We went for a more creamy and decadent direction with stronger coconut and cacao. We've shared your feedback with our blending team. Thanks for sharing. -Rishi

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By Linda Moll on August 25, 2015
Farmington, AL United States
I drank the original recipe of this for a year and LOVED it. The new formula is too sweet for my taste, and really doesn't resemble the original at all. Very disappointed in the new recipe.
Owner Response: Hi Linda, We're sorry you are not satisfied with our new blend. Please feel free to take us up on our Quality Promise. We took the blend into a more chocolatey and sumptuous direction based on feedback we had heard in the past, from those who thought the blend was not chocolatey enough. We've shared your feedback with our blend team. Thanks! -Rishi team

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By Vathida on May 22, 2014
St. Paul, AL United States
This was a warm cup of perfect. I do agree that the cacao isn't very strong, but if chocolate is what you're looking for, then make yourself some hot chocolate instead. All the flavors compliment one another well, and I will make this one a staple in my pantry.

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By Nick H on January 31, 2014
Norman, AL United States
This chocolate chai blend really is awesome. A few of the reviews say that the chocolate flavor isn't strong enough, and that maybe true... But what I do is I add about a teaspoon of cocoa powder while the tea is simmering, and the. A teaspoon of truvia when I take it away from the heat right before straining. It makes it absolutely amazing!! Please do yourself a favor and buy this!

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By sPeeDeeBee on December 24, 2013
Racine, AL United States
This was the first of the chai samples that I tried. At the time, it seemed like a nice mild blend that, sadly, lacked a bit in the chocolate department. My second sample was Masala, which leaped out of the cup at me. After drinking that, I was a bit less keen on the chocolate. If you like your chai mild though, this is a good one.

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By beryl on April 10, 2013
taos, NM United States
This is a subtle, complex, rich blend. We are not hit with a strong blast of chocolate, but instead brought into a kind of unfolding interactive dynamic between the puerh tea, the chocolate, the yerba mate and all the enhancing spices and flavors. It is delicious.

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By Jenny on April 8, 2013
Manchester, PA United States
Maybe I just got some from a bad batch, but the only flavor present in mine is cardamom. No tea, cocoa, coconut, vanilla, or anything but cardamom. Don't get me wrong, I like cardamom, but not enough to drink a whole cup of this. To use it up, I'll have to mix it with another strong spice tea.

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By beryl on March 29, 2013
Taos, NM United States
Do not expect an overwhelming chocolate blast here. True to Rishi style, this is a rich, complex blend whose individual tastes seem to pop out once in awhile and then return to the complexity of the mix. The puerh tea takes a prominent role as it enters into a lively jazz duet with the chocolate, with great supporting performances by the other flavors. Sublime and subtle. Absolutely brilliant.

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By Candace on March 18, 2013
Pittsburgh, PA United States
This tea is very flavorful and softly invigorating. It has a mildly nutty flavor, and is very smooth. A great treat for the 2:00 PM workday slump.

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By Mary McHugh on September 11, 2012
Stroudsburg, PA United States
I am a chai junkie- always on the prowl for something exciting and flavorful. I have found my ultimate flavor in Rishi Chocolate Chai. It is a full-bodied, layered, complex and uniquely delicious cup of chai. I am absolutely hooked!!!

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