Wednesday, November 16, 2011

DAY 320 -- Sweet & Spicy

Cold weather often calls for warm drinks, and that's something I've missed since most warm drinks (like cocoa) need sweetened.  (I am not a coffee drinker.) When I first began my sugarholic recovery, I tried different ways to sweeten herbal teas... concentrated 100% fruit juice, all-fruit jam... but nothing tasted good to me.  Maybe it's because I am not a big fan of hot teas in the first place; about the only herbal tea I liked was peppermint, but I preferred it iced.

I have to admit that in my search for an unsweetened warm drink, I developed a taste for warm milk, which is great before bedtime, since it helps me get to sleep.

Then last year, for some reason, an herbal tea caught my eye: Good Earth Caffeine Free Original Sweet & Spicy Herbal Tea.  It contains no sugar, caffeine, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.  I gave it a try, and absolutely love it--hot or iced!!!  It needs no sweetener, since it is naturally sweet and flavorful.   

Ingredients for the caffeine-free Sweet & Spicy: Red Rooibos, Chicory Root, Rosehips, cinnamon, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Papaya, Chamomile, Panax Ginseng Leaves, Anise Seed, Dandelion Root, Ginger Root, Orange Oil, Orange Peel.  (For those who want the caffeine, they also offer a version that contains black tea as well as the aforementioned ingredients.) 

It does have a strong cinnamon taste but reminds me of the cinnamon lollipops I used to make with my kids.  Now when I am in the mood for a warm drink, I finally have something delicious to turn to.


  1. Good Earth Sweet & Spicy is my all-time favorite tea! I don't care for the caffeine free but I buy the original, several boxes at a time because my local grocer sometimes runs out of it. I simply love it because it has some spice in it that gives it a slight sweet taste. I carry bags of it in my coat pockets, purse and on my motorcycle. I like to slip a bag in my letters to friends. My goal is to get the whole world hooked on Good Earth Sweet & Spicy tea!

    The nice thing about this tea is that if you leave the tea bag in your cup to the very last drop, you will be amazed at the awesome spices at the bottom. They will make your mouth happy!

    It's also very good iced!

  2. Susan... Wow! You really are a fan of this tea! And if since you are sending your friends the caffeinated version, you might very well get the world "hooked" on Good Earth Sweet & Spicy tea! hahaha :-)

    My favorite is the iced, but so glad I like it hot too.

    Reading this made me want some of that yumminess, so I made a cup of it to sip while I write.