Candy Cane Truffle

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Alcohol, Chocolate, Cocoa, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint, Sweet
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Vegan
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 oz / 350 ml

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  • “(52teas (Anne) 2022: 226) Not generally a fan of peppermint in teas, but this was very candy cane-like and not herbaceous, with a decent dose of real chocolate, not (just?) chocolate flavouring. As...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Happy National Candy Cane Day! Today the prompt is to drink a tea with peppermint flavor notes! This is my only tea that has “candy cane” in the title… so when I was pulling all my “52Teas holiday...” Read full tasting note
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  • “An Ode to Tea challenge – C Thanks very much, AJRimmer!  So many glowing notes might have hyped this one up for me.  I LOVE that such an unusual black tea is used here – Fujian gunpowder.   I’m not...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Got this one in a mystery bag. Without milk, the flavoring was a little sharp tasting. With milk, it’s a nice candy mint. There’s something here that’s a little faker than I prefer, but it’s still...” Read full tasting note
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Tea of the Week for December 16, 2019!

This tea utilizes our beautiful Fujian gunpowder black tea – this tea looks just like a green gunpowder but it’s a black tea! It has a natural chocolate-y note to it that’s so amazing! I thought it would make the perfect base for this tea.

To the black gunpowder tea, I added peppermint leaves, cacao shells, mini vegan chocolate chips & organic, vegan candy cane bits! This tea is quite wonderful: sweet, chocolate-y and minty! My chocolate mint loving daughter heartily approves of this tea!

It’s also VEGAN, gluten-free & allergen free!

ingredients: black tea, organic peppermint leaves, organic cacao shells, mini (vegan) chocolate chips (cane sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter), organic candy cane bits (organic cane sugar, organic brown rice syrup, natural peppermint flavor, color added [derived from organic fruit juice]) & organic natural flavors

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 226)

Not generally a fan of peppermint in teas, but this was very candy cane-like and not herbaceous, with a decent dose of real chocolate, not (just?) chocolate flavouring. As a result, it was not only drinkable (for me), but enjoyable. A nice example of a more sophisticated chocolate mint black tea than some I’ve had.

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Happy National Candy Cane Day! Today the prompt is to drink a tea with peppermint flavor notes!

This is my only tea that has “candy cane” in the title… so when I was pulling all my “52Teas holiday flavors from years past” I purposefully saved this one for today.

The tea has a delightful chocolate mint aroma… And it’s a lovely chocolate mint flavor in the cup, as well. The chocolate is a nice rich flavor… more on the cocoa end than I normally taste, but also a bit of the more common “chocolate liquor” flavor as well. The mint adds a bit of brightness… I know it’s peppermint, but something about the particular feel of the menthol is a bit more like spearmint to my tongue, leading to a flavor somewhere in-between the two for me, which is very pleasant. The cup is smooth and sweet but not overpoweringly so, as I find many candy cane blends tend to be. Reminds me of a mint hot cocoa in flavor, with the thinner body of a tea. I may make my subsequent cup as a latte, to allow the milk to thicken up the texture and really bring out that mint hot cocoa vibe.

Lovely for the wintery weather we are having… over the last two days, we accumulated six inches of snow!

Flavors: Alcohol, Chocolate, Cocoa, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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An Ode to Tea challenge – C

Thanks very much, AJRimmer!  So many glowing notes might have hyped this one up for me.  I LOVE that such an unusual black tea is used here – Fujian gunpowder.   I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t use as much leaf as I usually would… I wanted to stretch my sample to two steep sessions BUT the pouch says only to use 2.5 grams anyway and I’m sure I used more than that.  The tea is certainly chocolatey!  Especially on that second steep.   But the peppermint for me leans more herbaly flavored than an actual candy cane.  I would consider adding some candy cane to the next steep session but I wouldn’t want to mess with the recipe of this particular tea magician!  :D
Speaking on the Fujian gunpowder, I would love to try it by itself — maybe that would make a good base for Black Silk Chocolate Milk?  Maybe mixed with another black tea?
Steep #1 // not quite 1 teaspoon // 25 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 4 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep

gmathis

Oooh—I’ve never tried a non-green gunpowder tea!

tea-sipper

I think I have only seen it from 52Teas.

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Got this one in a mystery bag. Without milk, the flavoring was a little sharp tasting. With milk, it’s a nice candy mint. There’s something here that’s a little faker than I prefer, but it’s still decent. Oh, I just looked at the bag and realized this is also supposed to have a truffle flavor? I didn’t notice any chocolate at all. Maybe the slight muting of the black tea was perpetrated by the chocolate? Anyway, there are many similar teas that are better, but this one is fine.

Cameron B.

Mm candy cane truffle sounds amazing. I may need to make some of those… XD

AJRimmer

That’s a great idea! The only kind of truffle I’ve ever made is Oreo, but I should give a peppermint one a try for the holidays!

Cameron B.

OMG peppermint and Oreo would also be amazing!

Dustin

I hear truffle and I first think of the fungus, not the confection and it makes things really confusing for a second!

AJRimmer

I wouldn’t be surprised if someone did make a truffle the fungus tea sometime since there are already mushroom teas out there!

Dustin

That could be good on a genmaicha base with popcorn flavoring. I love truffle popcorn.

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The next 52Teas blend I’ve chosen to focus on sipping down!

I actually like this one a fair bit, but I’d really like to finish off some of these much more highly seasonal profiles while there’s still snow outside. The chocolate in this is sort of a “medium richness” with some fudgey elements, a bit of creaminess, and also a sort of powdery quality to it. It’s pretty spot on for a “truffle” concept, in my opinion. I wish the mint was a bit stronger, but I do like that it’s pretty cooling and not overly sweet – it reminds me a bit of the peppermint liquor that I used to buy shortly after I turned legal drinking age, but not quite to the same intensity level.

Overall, it’s just a nice smooth and non aggressive take on that pretty classic “chocolate mint” flavour profile. Among the many chocolate mint teas I tried this past year it doesn’t stand out to me, but it’s also just really agreeable.

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This reminds me of Peppermint Marshmallow Melting in Hot Chocolate…but its not as good. Now, in fairness, I rated Peppermint Marshmallow at 100 because I love it that much so that’s a tough sell to be better than. With that said, this is still a nice tea.

I think both the candy cane and chocolate come through strongly. They smell of chocolate hits you as the cup reaches your mouth. The sip starts off minty – candy cane mint, of course – and then sort of settles into a mint chocolate vibe. It is more truffle than chocolate bar and not as sweet as I expected/hoped this would be. That could be again because I was thinking Peppermint Marshmallow where the marshmallow adds sweetness.

Ultimately, it delivers on what the name promises. Am I in love? No. Will I have trouble finishing this? Also no. I just think if a tea were to be reblended in the future, Peppermint Marshmallow over this.

Next time, I think I will try this as a latte…

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Sipdown! Had this a couple days ago…..meaning I was able to end January at 19 teas, though I haven’t had a chance to weigh my cupboard yet. Not really sure why I’m keeping track of things when my cupboard is TOO small but I am. I really enjoyed this one while it lasted even though I’ve been off mint teas. I credit Anne’s blending skills for that!

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Sipdown 75-2021
Deep, dark cacao flavor with a bit of a fresh mint flavor. This would probably do quite well with milk or cream, but alas it is gone.

tea-sipper

oh man, I have to try mine!

amandastory516

You do! It’s tasty.

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