Perhaps the most popular trend is tea bombs. DIY tea enthusiasts have been putting together tea bags and botanicals and dropping them into a sugar-based shell. This tea bomb dissolves as soon as it hits hot water and reveals the botanical treasures within.
They are easy to make and can be any tea combination you like. To make tea bombs, you will need a silicone mold that is round like a ball or any other shape you desire.
You will also need honey, sugar, or a sugar substitute known as isomalt, which is made from beets.
- 1 cup of sugar or isomalt
- 1/3 cup honey if you like a classic sweet tea taste
- 2 Tablespoons of water
Heat the sugar, honey, and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until everything completely dissolves. As you heat, it may foam. Don’t let the foam overflow the pan to avoid a sticky mess.
Check the mixture with a candy thermometer until the temperature reaches 290 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from the heat and carefully put approximately one teaspoon of the hot syrup into each dome. Use a brush to coat the sides of the mold and create the shell.
Place the coated molds into a refrigerator for about ten to fifteen minutes. Once cooled, carefully remove the shells from the mold by pushing the sides and bottom and place on a piece of parchment paper.
Allow the shells to reach room temperature, then add your favorite Jason Winters loose or bagged tea.
To put the two halves together to create your tea bomb, heat a small frying pan on a low heat setting until it is hot. After turning off the heat, press the edges of the empty half of the sugar sphere onto the hot pan for two to three seconds. Gently press the two halves of the bomb together to create a seal.
Place each bomb in its own parchment muffin liner. These can be placed in an airtight container in a cool place away from heat and humidity. The tea bombs will keep for a week or two.
To serve, place a tea bomb in a teacup or glass tea infuser if you are using loose-leaf tea. Then, pour hot water over it and watch the sugar shell melt and reveal the delicious secrets inside and enjoy!
Our Royal Crest Moroccan Mint Green Tea is incredibly refreshing on a hot summer day and tastes great with the sugar in a tea bomb! You can also add additional flavors to your tea bomb. Maybe some edible flowers such as lavender, rose petals, or dried lemon slices for a taste treat.