There’s a reason why peppermint bark tea is a beverage that’s enjoyed all year round and that’s because it’s both satisfying and invigorating in equal measure. Whether you’re looking for a drink to enjoy by an open fire during the depths of winter or next to the pool when the sun’s got its hat on, this is a popular, chocolatey choice that really hits the spot.
So, Where Does Peppermint Bark Tea Come From?
It would be logical to think of the beverage as being made from the bark of the peppermint tree, but the truth is quite different. While it does have peppermint in it, it’s only in the form of extract. The other ingredients that are found in it include white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate and tea leaves.
Peppermint bark itself is a confectionary, but the tea that bears its name features leaves (obviously), chocolate and peppermint – offers a taste explosion that stimulates the tastebuds and the mind. The natural taste of tea leaves and mint perfectly complements the sweetness.
As well as being delicious, the tea is also invigorating. That’s because it contains moderate caffeine levels – equivalent to around 50% of the strength you’d find in a cup of joe. The leaves in the best peppermint bark tea typically come from the South African rooibos tree, meaning that the beverage also offers a range of health benefits, such as:
- Free-radical-busting polyphenols and antioxidants to improve overall health
- Other antioxidants known as flavonoids that support heart health
- Cholesterol-lowering properties to reduce the risk of stroke
- Antimicrobial qualities to support immunity and gut health
- Insulin-controlling compounds that regulate insulin levels
- Improved alertness and focus due to L-theanine
- Stress-relieving, sleep-promoting,digestion-supporting peppermint
How Best to Enjoy Yours
You have a degree of freedom when drinking this wonderful tea, as it’s equally tasty whether consumed hot or cold. Here are a couple of ways in which you can enjoy yours:
Traditional Hot Tea –
- if you like your beverages traditional, then you can drink yours with hot water, brewed in a pot or in a diffuser.
Refreshing Iced Tea
- using hot water initially to draw out the flavors, as well as sugar and ice, you get a mouthwatering option for a hot summer’s day.
Perhaps it’s because there are a lot of people out there that have never tried the tea that it’s not nearly as widely consumed as it should be. Its minty-chocolate taste offers a satisfying experience, but with virtually none of the guilt that normally comes with yummy things.
Never Tried Peppermint Bark Tea? No Time Like the Present!
We hope we’ve painted an accurate picture of what this wonderful tea offers, but there’s only so much you can convey in the written word.
All we’d say is that it’s a taste that’s unique and delightful, but far too complex and nuanced to properly describe. So you should try some first-hand and see for yourself.
Then and only then, will you understand what you’ve been missing all this time!