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Chai Tea TrufflesMakes about 15 truffles

Ingredients
4 oz (113 g) dark chocolate bar
1 tbsp nonsalted butter
1/4 cup (2 oz) heavy whipping cream
3 tsp Chai Spice black tea
Coating (nuts, shaved chocolate, cocoa powder, sprinkles)

Directions
1. Chop up the chocolate and set aside in a heat-proof bowl. Combine the butter, cream and tea (loose or in a cheesecloth sack) in a small saucepan over medium heat. After bringing the mixture to just boiling, take the saucepan off the heat and let it sit for a couple of minutes.

2. Strain out the tea leaves, then pour the cream over the chopped chocolate and stir. The chocolate should be completely smooth; if not, heat it up in a microwave for 20 seconds. Cover the bowl and leave in the refrigerator for several hours, until the chocolate is firm. 

3. Once firm, use a spoon, melon baller or your hands to form the chocolate into small balls. The chocolate will begin to melt upon contact, so make sure you have your coating ready. You can use anything as coating; just roll the truffles in it.

4. Keep the truffles in the refrigerator on parchment paper or a plate until they’re firm, then serve.

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Chai Tea Truffles
Makes about 15 truffles

Ingredients
4 oz (113 g) dark chocolate bar
1 tbsp nonsalted butter
1/4 cup (2 oz) heavy whipping cream
3 tsp Chai Spice black tea
Coating (nuts, shaved chocolate, cocoa powder, sprinkles)

Directions
1. Chop up the chocolate and set aside in a heat-proof bowl. Combine the butter, cream and tea (loose or in a cheesecloth sack) in a small saucepan over medium heat. After bringing the mixture to just boiling, take the saucepan off the heat and let it sit for a couple of minutes.

2. Strain out the tea leaves, then pour the cream over the chopped chocolate and stir. The chocolate should be completely smooth; if not, heat it up in a microwave for 20 seconds. Cover the bowl and leave in the refrigerator for several hours, until the chocolate is firm.

3. Once firm, use a spoon, melon baller or your hands to form the chocolate into small balls. The chocolate will begin to melt upon contact, so make sure you have your coating ready. You can use anything as coating; just roll the truffles in it.

4. Keep the truffles in the refrigerator on parchment paper or a plate until they’re firm, then serve.

Chai Tea LatteServes one

Ingredients
1 Chai Spice black tea bag
1/4 cup boiling water
3/4 cup whole milk
Honey or sugar to taste (opt.)
Cinnamon or nutmeg to sprinkle on top (opt.)

Directions
1. Steep the tea bag in the water for 3 to 5 minutes.

2. Warm milk in a pan, then whisk with a frother. Combine the milk and chai tea and add honey or sugar to taste. Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg.

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Chai Tea Latte
Serves one

Ingredients
1 Chai Spice black tea bag
1/4 cup boiling water
3/4 cup whole milk
Honey or sugar to taste (opt.)
Cinnamon or nutmeg to sprinkle on top (opt.)

Directions
1. Steep the tea bag in the water for 3 to 5 minutes.

2. Warm milk in a pan, then whisk with a frother. Combine the milk and chai tea and add honey or sugar to taste. Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg.

Traditional Chai MasalaServes three

Ingredients
1/2 tsp ground spices (any blend of cinnamon, cardamom, clove, black peppercorns, ginger, star anise, nutmeg or red chilies)
2 tsp Assam black tea
1 pt milk, any kind
Sweetener (sugar or honey)

Directions
1. Combine the spices, tea, milk and your choice of sweetener in a saucepan or pot and bring the mixture to a boil.

2. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to scald the milk. Take the pot off the heat and let it stand for 4 minutes.

3. Strain the drink into a teapot or glasses. More sweetener can be added to taste.

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Traditional Chai Masala
Serves three

Ingredients
1/2 tsp ground spices (any blend of cinnamon, cardamom, clove, black peppercorns, ginger, star anise, nutmeg or red chilies)
2 tsp Assam black tea
1 pt milk, any kind
Sweetener (sugar or honey)

Directions
1. Combine the spices, tea, milk and your choice of sweetener in a saucepan or pot and bring the mixture to a boil.

2. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to scald the milk. Take the pot off the heat and let it stand for 4 minutes.

3. Strain the drink into a teapot or glasses. More sweetener can be added to taste.

Recipe: Grilled Halibut with Lemon Blossom Tea



This recipe is a Stash Tea employee favorite! The mild taste of halibut goes well with lemon tea, herbs and spices. Grilled in a foil packet, preparation doesn’t get any easier!

Grilled Halibut with Lemon Blossom Herbal Tea

2 pieces of halibut
6 grape tomatoes, halved
2 tbsp olive oil or 2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
4 tsp Stash Tea Lemon Blossom Herbal Tea
sweet paprika
fresh thyme
lemon juice
slice of lemon
salt & pepper to taste

step one. Preheat grill to 350°F.

step two. Cut 2 18”×18” pieces of heavy-duty tin foil.

step three. Lay one filet in the center of each piece of foil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then divide the grapes, breadcrumbs and Lemon Blossom tea over the tops of each fish. If you want to add more vegetables, place those in a pile on the foil first, then lay the fish on top.

step four. Make the packet by folding over two opposite sides of the foil, then roll up the other two sides to seal. Don’t press the packet flat; leave room at the top to vent.

step five. Place the foil packets on the grill for about 12 minutes, depending on the size of the filets. You can open one slightly to see if it is cooked.

Note: This recipe can also be made in the oven. Preheat the oven to 400°F, then bake the fish for 15-20 minutes. Remember to vent the foil packets!


Find more great recipes in the Stash Tea Pitcher-Perfect Summer Guide!

As a tea drinker, you might wonder if tea leaves can be useful in your garden. Yes, you can give your plants a boost with tea and tea leaves! Tea leaves can be effectively used as both a fertilizer and a soil conditioner. For an additional benefit, use tea leaves in your compost pile.

From your tea bag to your plants:

Watering Plants
Have some tea leftover? Give it to your plants! It will provide them with beneficial nutrients.

Reusing Tea Leaves for Fertilizer
Tea leaves are very rich in nitrogen and contain a lot of different micronutrients that will help enrich the soil. They are best used for houseplants, as you can easily add a small amount at a time.

Mix Lightly into Soil
Grind up your tea leaves, which helps with the breakdown of the leaves and releases the nutrients. Mix a small amount of the leaves into the top layer of the soil only.

Fertilize Every Few Months
As with any type of fertilizer, too much application can be harmful. When reusing tea leaves for fertilizing, you want to keep it to a schedule of about 2 tablespoons of tea leaves once every 3 to 4 months. Source.

From your garden to your teapot:

Not only can you add berries, fruit and citrus to your iced teas, but herbs like lemon verbena, peppermint, rosemary and lavender will also give it a nice twist.

Prepare the leaves by rubbing them between your fingers. This will bruise them and release their essential oils. For more information on tea-able flowers and herbs, go here.

Some tea & herb combinations:

Citrus Rosemary Herbal
Steep slices of orange, lime, lemon with sprigs of rosemary to make a light and citrusy treat. Add black tea—English Breakfast, for example—to give it more body.

Lime & Mint Green Tea
A delicious blend of fresh peppermint, green tea and lime juice makes a refreshing iced drink. Add sugar for a Moroccan iced tea experience, and garnish with sliced limes!   High-res

As a tea drinker, you might wonder if tea leaves can be useful in your garden. Yes, you can give your plants a boost with tea and tea leaves! Tea leaves can be effectively used as both a fertilizer and a soil conditioner. For an additional benefit, use tea leaves in your compost pile.

From your tea bag to your plants:

Watering Plants
Have some tea leftover? Give it to your plants! It will provide them with beneficial nutrients.

Reusing Tea Leaves for Fertilizer
Tea leaves are very rich in nitrogen and contain a lot of different micronutrients that will help enrich the soil. They are best used for houseplants, as you can easily add a small amount at a time.

Mix Lightly into Soil
Grind up your tea leaves, which helps with the breakdown of the leaves and releases the nutrients. Mix a small amount of the leaves into the top layer of the soil only.

Fertilize Every Few Months
As with any type of fertilizer, too much application can be harmful. When reusing tea leaves for fertilizing, you want to keep it to a schedule of about 2 tablespoons of tea leaves once every 3 to 4 months. Source.

From your garden to your teapot:

Not only can you add berries, fruit and citrus to your iced teas, but herbs like lemon verbena, peppermint, rosemary and lavender will also give it a nice twist.

Prepare the leaves by rubbing them between your fingers. This will bruise them and release their essential oils. For more information on tea-able flowers and herbs, go here.

Some tea & herb combinations:

Citrus Rosemary Herbal
Steep slices of orange, lime, lemon with sprigs of rosemary to make a light and citrusy treat. Add black tea—English Breakfast, for example—to give it more body.

Lime & Mint Green Tea
A delicious blend of fresh peppermint, green tea and lime juice makes a refreshing iced drink. Add sugar for a Moroccan iced tea experience, and garnish with sliced limes!

Recipe: Green Tea Cupcakes


photo credit: Hummingbird on High

We thought this was so cute and loved that they used Stash Tea so we just had to share!

Note: this recipe adapted by Hummingbird on High is for high-altitude baking at 5,000 ft. To bake at sea level, read the notes in the ingredients list and instructions carefully.

Hummingbird Bakery Green Tea Cupcakes Recipe

For the Chocolate-Green Tea Cake Base:
(makes 10 - 12 cupcakes)

1/2 cup whole milk
3 green tea bags (We recommend Stash Tea Premium Green.)
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (for sea-level, reduce to 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon)
2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
a scant 3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder (for sea-level, increase to 1 1/2 teaspoons)
a pinch of salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 egg, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Green Tea Buttercream Frosting:
(enough for 12 cupcakes)

2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder (We recommend Stash Tea Matcha.)
2 tablespoons whole milk

To Make the Cupcakes:
Put 1/2 cup milk and 3 green tea bags in a liquid measuring cup, cover, and refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight if possible.

Preheat the oven to 350 (F); for sea-level, preheat the oven to 325 (F).

Put the 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour*, 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa, 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder*, pinch of salt, and 3 tablespoons butter in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat on slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.

Remove the green tea bags from the infused milk and strain into the measuring cup.

Combine the milk with 1 egg and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla; whisk the mixture together.

Slowly pour half the milk/egg/vanilla mixture, beating well until all the ingredients are well mixed. Turn the mixer up to high speed and beat to make sure there are no lumps.

Turn the mixture down to medium-slow and slowly pour in the remaining milk mixture, scraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the batter is smooth.

Spoon the batter into paper cases lined in a muffin tin until each case is two-thirds full. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 - 25 minutes, or until the cake bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the center of a cupcake should come out clean.

Let the cupcakes cool slightly in the pan before turning out into a wire rack to cool completely. When the cupcakes are cold, spoon Green Tea Buttercream Frosting (recipe follows) on top and decorate accordingly.

To Make the Frosting:
Beat together 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 5 tablespoons butter, and 2 1/2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.

Turn the mixer down to a slower speed, and slowly pour in 2 tablespoons whole milk.

When the milk is completely incorporated, turn the mixer up to high speed. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes.

Visit Hummingbird on High for Tips & Addendums for this recipe.
Iced Tea Pops!
With the official kick-off of summer just around the corner, we’ve begun to round-up our favorite homemade iced tea popsicle recipes. Fun and simple to make, plus so many flavor combinations. The hardest part…deciding which one to make first!

Give our peppermint pops a try and be sure to check out our Tea Pops Pinterest board for more delicious ideas!   High-res

Iced Tea Pops!
With the official kick-off of summer just around the corner, we’ve begun to round-up our favorite homemade iced tea popsicle recipes. Fun and simple to make, plus so many flavor combinations. The hardest part…deciding which one to make first!

Give our peppermint pops a try and be sure to check out our Tea Pops Pinterest board for more delicious ideas!