‘Wicked Cocoa’ had the longest journey from concept to creation of anything we have ever decided to make.
A peppermint cocoa was suggested as soon as we had branched out into cocoas. We had originally hoped that if we could just grind the herb into a fine enough powder, we would be able to use it.
Many hours passed and multiple experiments were tried, and we ended up tabling that particular approach. (Peppermint leaf, no matter how finely ground, will not mix into a hot liquid properly. The taste was excellent, it was just a bit… chewy.)
We did some more research, and came up with a couple of options. We could try infusing the cocoa powder with flavour oils, or we could find an organic peppermint hard candy and see if we could turn that into a fine enough powder to add the taste of mint. The infusing the powder approach we rejected immediately. It seemed messy, imprecise, and introduced an element into our creation process that we didn’t want to add.
One of our primary fruit and nut suppliers carried a number of different organic hard candies, and we ordered some to experiment with the next time we needed other supplies.
Again, there was a lot of experimentation. If you enjoy any of our cocoas that involve using the hard candies (at the moment ‘Wicked Cocoa’ and ‘Grampa’s Stash’) you should thank Mister Tea. The entire process of dealing with the candies is his hard work and effort, and he is also the one who patiently sifts all of our cocoas into such a smooth and uniform powder.
In the end, we found both the right process and the right ratios to create a tasty peppermint cocoa. It took close to a year for ‘Wicked Cocoa’ to finally become an offering, rather than just a driving-us-mad-good-idea.
After long discussions with the intrepid ‘Tea Naming Group,’ we finally tapped into our love of books and musicals for the name, with a nod to one of the slang usages of the word ‘Wicked.’
This cocoa really truly is ‘Wicked Good.’
Now for the basics:
Organic Ingredients: Fair Trade Cocoa Powder, Peppermint Drops
Batch Size: 3.6 ounces
* We are not officially attached to or licensed by or otherwise involved with any of the official agencies of the fandoms we homage. If any of these agencies have an issue with our teas, please let us know, and we will work things out.