Earl Grey Hot Chocolate

  I have a new addiction.  Coffee addicts, you can keep your joe, I’m a tea kind of girl…and when you combine tea and chocolate?!?  Oh lordie.
  I’m going to share two different versions with you today.  The original that I found online and one that my Mr. made some modifications to the process to bring the tea flavor out further.
  Here’s what we’re making:
  Here’s what you need:                            Original version
1 ½ cups milk
1 ½ tsp earl grey tea
6 squares dark chocolate, grated
sugar to taste
  Mix the milk and tea in a saucepan and gently heat without boiling. Continue heating for approximately 10 minutes. The milk will become slightly brown from the tea.  Remove the tea.
  Stir your grated chocolate into the milk, mixing until it melts. Serve warm.
More Tea Flavor Version
1 cup of water
4 Earl Grey Tea bags
3 cups milk
3 servings/packets of hot cocoa mix (Ovaltene, Hershey’s, ect)
~2 Tbsp chocolate, grated
  Boil your water and add the tea bags, steeping for 4 minutes.  Leaving the tea bags in the pan,  add three cups of milk.  Warm the milk to steaming and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  Remove the tea bags.  A skin of milk may come off with the bags.  Discard this
  Add 3 servings of your favorite hot cocoa mix (Ovaltene, Hershey’s syrup, etc.) and a few tablespoons of chocolate (chocolate chips, Hershey kisses, dark chocolate) to the pan. Stir until melted.
  A dash of Caramel sauce is a great way to finish it off.
  (Obviously this second version makes more…I don’t expect anybody will mind!)
  This hot chocolate is just amazing.  It has a wonderful, rich fruity flavor that I just can’t get over.  I don’t expect this would be a big hit with kids…but that’s probably for the best since even decaf tea has some caffeine in it.  Try it out at your next adult gathering, or just make yourself some for a grown up indulgence some chilly morning!

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