My Chai Tea Latte

Ever since my niece started to update her Facebook statuses continually with “drinking ‘Chai Tea Latte’ at Starbucks”, I got curious about it. Of course, as if it’s meant to be, there’s no Starbucks in Rotterdam and even if there was one I’m not sure if I’d be willing to pay €4, -something- just for tea. Or €3,-? I’ve no idea what the price for ‘Chai Tea Latte’ is at Starbucks, but since I am familiar with the amount they ask for coffee and frappuccino I suppose it to be too expensive anyway. Luckily we have another shop here that has not necessarily everything you need, but at least everything I want, except for clothes, and there I managed to find tea bags of ‘chai tea’! Not that I was searching for them, honestly. It was cheap and for sale, so with my niece’s Facebook statuses in mind, how I could I resist buying them?
Dutch people, visit the Xenos! They have everything, it’s cheap and their stuff makes you (me) happy!

Ingredients:

  • 250 ml Boiling hot water
  • One tea bag of chai tea
  • A dash of (soy) milk)
  • A teaspoon of honey

Directions:

  • Bring water to boil in a kettle and pour it in a mug
  • Put the tea bag in it and leave it for as long as you’d like
  • Add the (soy) milk and the honey
  • Stir

To be honest no matter how addicted I’m becoming to this tea, I think my favorite one is still açai green tea. I’m sorry chai tea latte, you’ve lost this battle.

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How to: Make chocolate

Like I alreay told you in my previous post, I also attended a chocolate workshop at Tsunacon.
Here you can see in 8 simple steps how to make three cute bonbons.

The goal was to make one heartshaped bonbon filled with caramel and two cubeshaped bonbons filled with ganache.

Step 1:
Melt the chocolate
At the workshop they used a chocolate fondue to melt chocolate, but you can also use a boiling pan for the same purpose. If you use a pan, you can better use two of them: One filled with water and as soon as it’s just below the boiling point you can put another pan with the chocolate inside it. They have special pans for this, but I usually just use two pans when I’m melting chocolate, because I don’t have that special pan and it works fine like this too. When melting the chocolate you first melt two-third of it before you add the other one-third.

Step 2:
Cast the melted chocolate into a heartshaped mold


Now you have some time to wait for this chocolate to harden, so in the mean time you can work on the other two bonbons.

Step 3:
Make the ganache and slice it in cubes
They had already made it for us and only told us you had to use whipped cream and chocolate to make it. Uh, ok, but I don’t think that much will help you making it, therefore I’ve found you this recipe in which they explain you how to make the ganache. I haven’t tried it out yet, so I don’t know if it’s a good one.

Step 4:
Dip the chocolate ganache in melted chocolate and wait for it to harden
Step 5:
Cast the chocolate out of the heartshaped mold
You’re supposed to let the chocolate only for a minute or so in the mold, therefore keep track of time while you’re busy dipping your ganache into the melted chocolate! If you wait too long, the chocolate layer around your caramel filling will be too thick. Now you’ll have to wait for this chocolate layer to harden.

Step 6:
Fill the heartshaped mold with a caramel filling
We also didn’t make the caramel ourselves, so I got you this recipe you can try out.
Of course you can also just buy the caramel in stores, but wouldn’t you rather make everything yourself? While you’re at it anyway, why not?
Step 7:
Fill up the rest of the heartshaped mold with melted chocolate and let the chocolate harden

Step 8:
Wrap the bonbons up cutely
Now you can let you creativity flow! Just wrap them up however you like. Maybe you want use a box to put them in? Or a transparent packing? Everything is possible! The use of ribbons is always a plus!

The bottom two packets of bonbons were made by me and the upper two were made by my friend. I gave the bonbon on the left, the heartshaped one, to my father and the bonbons on the right, the ganache coated with chocolate, to my mother for Valentine’s Day. They both loved it!