ChocolateasChoclateas is a business that is run by two twin Sisters from Newcastle – Stella & Jodi. The idea came to us as we are quite partial to a sweet treat including hot chocolates. One day we actually read the back of a hot chocolate packet and realised how many calories, additives and unnecessary preservatives were actually in there! This made us think that there must be a way of having a hot luxury drink but without all of the calories ect..so Choclateas was born!

Choclateas is a unique and innovative tea company that brings some of Britain’s much loved  foody flavours to that oh so important cuppa!

We offer new and unique tea blends which provide quirky alternatives to your average teas. The idea behind Choclateas is that we create a variety of tea based drinks but with a trendy and modern twist by re-creating the nations favourite flavours and putting them into tea form..yummy! An added bonus of Choclateas is that you get the delicious flavours of all things sweet but with less than 15 calories per cup so you can have as much as you like without feeling guilty!

Choclateas originally started as a loose leaf chocolate tea company. There are five flavours in the range to date which include, Traditional Choclatea, Chilli Choclatea, Peppermint Choclateas, Wild Berry Choclatea and a Vanilla Choclatea.

As the business has progressed so has the product range and In April 2013 Choclateas are launching a new tea bag range called “Sweeteas”.  Sweeteas teas are based around the flavours of Briatins traditional sweet shop sweets and the flavours that will launch the range are: Rhubarb and custard, Liquorice wheels, Sherbert Lemons and Mint humnbugs.

Choclateas officially started in June 2012 when we were accepted onto a BBC programme called “Be your own boss” , this was a programme created by Innocent smoothie founder Richard Reed. From thousands of applicants we were shortlisted to the final 500, where we had to go to London and pitch our idea to Richard himself. We then got shortlisted to the final 35, but sadly our journey ended there as Richard felt our business had not been trading for long enough for him to invest in us. (We have moved on a great deal from then!)

Since that experience we were determined to really go out there and start selling our product to the wider public. We started selling at local markets such as the Quayside and Tynemouth, and then continued onto bigger events like Living North , Durham and Alnwick. We are also stocked in a few independent stores nationwide and our Choclateas are available from a number of online retailers. We aim to keep growing our business and the ultimate dream is to be stocked by places like Fenwicks, Harvey Nichols Selfridges, John Lewis, Topshop…we want them all!  To get into the big retailers we know that we need to be up there in terms of quality and packaging and that is why we are in the process of getting the Choclateas packaging re-designed. The new packaging will be very similar to the Sweeteas packaging and will be visibly noticeable that the two products come from the same company…We are able to do this as we secured funding from PNE who are in partnership with Virgin who recently launched a new funding scheme for small businesses in the North East and Cumbria.

We have had many of great experience since we launched  Choclateas, one of which being on the TV programme and meeting Richard Reed. We have also won a grand ideas award from Shell Live Wire which allowed us to launch our website..AND Jodi (one half of Choclateas) was invited to a Skype call with Richard Branson!! Of course she accepted and she was able to tell him all about Choclateas..needless to say he has now been sent the Choclateas range to try and hopefully spread the word!

We have had great exposure in the press from the Journal, Living North and the Crack magazine and we hope to continue with this in the future.

Choclateas originally started as a loose leaf chocolate tea company. There are five flavours in the range to date which include, Traditional Choclatea, Chilli Choclatea, Peppermint Choclateas, Wild Berry Choclatea and a Vanilla Choclatea.

We are developing our range all the time and will add new products and flavours throughout the year.

For more information email stella@choclateas.com