I'm intrigued by the idea of chocolate tea. I get wicked bad chocolate cravings and it would be great to have this option for satisfying them, so I could drink essentially as much as I wanted to until the craving subsided (I'm incapable of moderation, so "eat just one square of really good dark chocolate" doesn't cut it for me - I'd eat the whole bar and go hunting for more. It's happened. I need something I can have more or less limitless amounts of without doing serious harm.)
BUT, I'm concerned that this might just be a "candy cigarette" and that maybe in the long run I'd be helping myself more by just toughing it out. If I satisfy the cravings with this, maybe my body will learn to keep craving chocolate, whereas if I just stick it out in the moment, the cravings might disappear.
Does anyone have experiences one way or the other? Or brands of chocolate tea to recommend?
(if it matters, I already drink a lot of different kinds of tea, including lemon ginger, earl gray, green tea, mint tea, and chamomile tea).
While I can't comment on chocolate tea, (and I hate it when people don't answer my questions so sorry! You can ignore this!) I can say that switching to 99% (first to 90% and then to 99%), and drinking unsweetened cocoa (with or without cream) both really helped with chocolate cravings. With both options I was actually getting the chocolate, rather than tricking the cravings away. Both options also changed my view of chocolate. When chocolate no longer became a vehicle for sugar, it stopped being so over-eat-able and became a nice bitter adult drink like expresso (or coffee). I never felt deprived either.
Try a cup of cocoa with cream. Try adjusting your palate so it can enjoy the nuances of pure chocolate, and then try drinking cocoa straight. Not only is this pretty healthy, but it's also really low in calories and not as high in caffeine as coffee.
If the chocolate tea tastes better though, drink that! Both tea and pure cocoa can be consumed pretty healthily in large quantities, the way a bar of even 99% cannot.
I drink a lot of tea, and a lot of flavored teas. I find that the "dessert" flavors do not cause me to crave "real" dessert, but then I do not have a problem putting down a real chocolate bar after a few squares, so I guess your mileage may vary.
I'm much better on the tea recommendation question - Adagio has lots and lots of great flavored teas for pretty good prices. I love their Pumpkin Spice, Birthday Cake, and Almost Nutella flavors the best. I do add a splash of heavy (grassfed!) cream - not sure if you do dairy or not. I also try to switch off to green or white tea so I don't get too dependent on "dessert" flavors. White tea with blueberry is great (they sell it premade, but I have also smashed and added them myself); I also enjoy the green with mango. You might also branch out into some of the finer, unflavored black teas - thinking about and appreciating the nuances may be enjoyable and good palate rehab.
Upton Tea is also another great company if you're looking for very fine quality teas. Harney and Sons has been a bit disappointing lately.
I personally find it works best for me to completely avoid anything vaguely sweet or chocolatey.
As soon as I have just a small piece of chocolate I want more - and it seems to take two or three weeks of avoiding things like this for the cravings to go away! After that period I'm not at all bothered by chocolate.
So as hard as it is initially, for me anyway, it works out best to just avoid!
http://www.davidrio.com/chocolate.html Best chocolate tea EVAR. This is the only one I've found that tastes genuinely chocolatey, and where the mint doesn't overbalance the chocolate flavor. Did not fuel cravings; it was helpful.
I have to say I have the EXACT same problems with food as you! I have tried dessert-ish teas (not specifically chocolate) and I loved them- I got a bunch of samples from David's Tea and then found my favourites. But I will add that at the time I was going cold turkey from desserts, for exactly the reason you mentioned above, the tea didn't make me want any other dessert, but I was also in one of those transitory mindsets where I was very focused, wasn't craving any desserts at all.
I tend to be extreme in my thinking surrounding food (not good I know), but moderation doesn't seem to work for me, I end up falling into extreme health foods or extreme gluttony
Sorry I know that was a sort-of answer, Best of luck!
I find that I can curb dessert cravings with 'dessert' teas, but like a couple of other posters I have a problem with self control when the chocolate isn't almost unsweetened. A little raw honey in tea doesn't bother me if I go that route, but mostly I don't put any sweetener in. My recommendations:
Chocolate chai (Rishi tea I think?) is good. It's rather bitter, and definitely caffeinated if that matters. I often mix it with homemade almond milk or coconut milk. Also good with heavy cream, according to my husband.
I really like the Mayan Cocoa Spice (Yogi tea?). It has a little stevia in the mix, so it's relatively sweet but with a kick at the end.
I also like any chai blend, really. The warming spices taste sweet, but really curb my need for an actual dessert. The Tazo decaf (and regular) chai tea is pretty affordable and delicious. The Rishi teas are good, too. I like Republic of Tea stuff a lot. Oh, so many teas to try. (I have a rather large selection.)