Theobroma cacao (or "Food of the Gods") was native to the Amazon and is now produced around the world. This delicious, chocolaty tisane is made from the shells of cocoa (cacao) beans. The Cocoa tree produces a pod that is full of sweet pulp that surrounds a cluster of cacao beans. In the process of turning cacao beans into chocolate, the pod and pulp are removed and the beans are roasted. This roasting separates the shells from the bean.
The bean goes on to become chocolate and, historically, the shell was then used as mulch. Cacao shells, however, are now also being used to brew into a delicious beverage.
Cocoa offers many health benefits and contains antioxidants, flavonoids, minerals, etc. The shells do contain a small amount of caffeine but they do not contain dairy, fat or sugar so you can enjoy this calorie-free beverage without the guilt.
The aroma is decadent cocoa and the taste is rich and delicious! Brew a cup and you'll easily be convinced that cocoa is truly the food of the gods.
Ingredients: 100% Cocoa shells
Brewing: Steep 2 tsp. of cocoa shells in 8oz of boiling water for 5 minutes.
Enjoy brewed cocoa shell tea as is, or sweetened, or mixed in with your favorite teas, tisanes or coffee. Try mixing with mint, chamomile, vanilla teas and more. Heavenly!
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|I think S&V ordered these and put them in stock at my suggestion? Or possibly they were thinking of doing that anyway. But WHOA these are dreamy cocoa shells. In price, fragrance, and flavor these are amazing. I always say that cocoa shells are the perfect chocolate ingredient for tea blends: NOT chocolate chips, NOT cocoa nibs, NOT chocolate flavoring. Just the scent when you open the pouch is like melted baking chocolate. It has that lovely bittersweet tangy flavor with that sweetness that can only be chocolate. Not only does brewing these up supply you with minerals and antioxidants but the low caffeine means I can drink this any time of day and it's perfect for nighttime sipping. This is a healthy cup and satisfies the sweet tooth! I will definitely be keeping cocoa shells -- in particular S&V's cocoa shells -- in stock!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// just boiled // 9 minute steep|