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Hotel Chocolat Peppermint & Cocoa Infusion – Like Drinking After 8s

Hotel-Chocolat-Peppermint-CocoaBrand: Hotel Chocolat

Flavour: Peppermint & Cocoa Infusion

Ingredients: Crushed Roasted Cocoa Shells and Peppermint Tea

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £8.50 (approximately 43p per Bag) or 75p per Bag (if bought individually)

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: The smell is delicious, like rich dark chocolate.  Tasting it, again it’s like dark chocolate, but without the sugar.  The peppermint blend lends a mild sweetness, without it getting sickly.  In fact, it tastes very much like drinking After 8s, but without the calories.  It’s wakeful and bright in your mouth, and would make a great alternative to your morning coffee or evening hot chocolate.

It’s also caffeine-free, because it only uses the cocoa shells.  However, be aware it does contain a central nervous system stimulant called theobromine.  Luckily, this stimulant is thought to be good for you, often used to treat high blood pressure and to prevent tooth decay; but you need to be mindful that it could make you feel energised, so you might still not want to drink this at night.  The other thing to bear in mind is the price – but as an occasional treat, we think it’s worth splurging.

Best time of year to drink this: Autumn / winter.

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings and afternoons.


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Hotel Chocolat Ginger & Cocoa – Not Just a Drink, but an Experience

Hotel-Chocolat-Ginger-CocoaBrand: Hotel Chocolat

Flavour: Ginger & Cocoa Infusion

Ingredients: Cut Root Ginger and Cocoa Shells

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £8.50 (approximately 43p per Bag) or 75p per Bag (if bought individually)

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: Easily one of the loveliest teas we’ve ever had.  The aroma alone is gorgeous, like chocolate-covered pieces of ginger.  Just lifting the cup to your mouth is a delight, as the scent floats up and fills you.  It’s a warm, comforting moment, holding it in your hand, and no matter how long you leave the tea, that smell never fades.

After all that glorious anticipation, the taste doesn’t disappoint.  It’s like drinking hot chocolate, but not as heavy (particularly as there is no dairy), and with a mild ginger kick.  It’s a subtle heat that doesn’t overpower, like Christmas spice, but richer.  This is definitely one to have in the afternoon or evening, to avoid turning to sweets or puddings – or to warm you on cold winter evenings.  When people say a nice cup of tea can solve any problem, we think they mean this infusion; it would definitely make you feel like everything will be alright again, in those difficult moments.

It’s true that this tea is expensive – but it’s worth it.  You’re not just getting something to drink; you’re paying for a whole experience.  This is also a good one to give as a gift to that special loved one.

Best time of year to drink this: Winter (or any time it gets a bit chilly…or you need a cheerful pick-me-up)

Best time of day to drink this: Afternoons and cold evenings / nights (no caffeine means you can get away with having it before bed, as an alternative to hot chocolate)


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