Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Kenyan Chocolate Tea

I was 16 when I first discovered a box of this loose tea in a store and bought it on a whim, imagining that when I'd make it, it would taste very chocolaty; like a cross between hot chocolate and tea.  


It's just plain black tea with a very mild but definite hint of chocolate. I had no idea back then, how to brew this tea. And I still don't - I just wing it. But it didn't stop me from brewing a pot now and then, buying it each time I saw it on a shelf in a store and even begging a Kenyan colleague, years later, to send me a tin through anyone coming back from Kenya! 
It isn't that addictive. Seriously. I don't even know why I like it so much. And I've never known anyone (other than my Kenyan friend) who has even heard of it, let alone anyone who buys it. [btw, it never occurred to me to ask this person how to make this tea :P ]

A couple of months back, yet again, I found a box of 'Kenya Bon Bon Chocolate Tea' staring at me from a shelf in a grocery store. It has been years since I last had this stuff and so I gave in to the temptation, and bought it.

And now here I am, curled up on a couch in my dark, icicle-esque apartment, sipping chocolate tea & thinking about the fact that it rained in my home-town last night and that little nugget of information has made me realize how sorely I miss home & family...
Kenyan Chocolate Tea

1 cup water
1 1/2 tsp chocolate tea leaves
1 cup milk
1 tsp sugar

Pour boiling water over the tea leaves and let them steep for 5 mins in a saucepan. 
Add the milk and sugar to the tea, stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. 
Bring to the boil, strain and serve.


Peanutts said...

Hello, thanks for stopping by at my blog:) , Never heard of kenyan tea, :) , although that cuppa does look very inviting :).

Hijab said...

I found Kenya Bon Bon Chocolate Tea at a store and I couldn't, just couldn't, resist buying it! To make the tea, I Youtube-ed and Nothing! I Google-ed and thankfully I found your article! Shockingly, there is only this One Single recipe on the web, & I loved it! Though next I'm gonna try an Ice-Tea version of the tea!


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