These Earl Grey Nama Chocolates are creamy, rich and decadent creamy chocolates, filled with robust tea flavour. They're easy to make, and perfect for gifting.
This first appeared on Sift & Simmer in Feb 2018. Updated Feb 2022.
With Valentine's Day around the corner, this small batch of Earl Grey Nama Chocolates would make the perfect gift for the chocoholic in your life.
Imagine a small piece of rich, velvety, smooth creamy chocolate that melts in your mouth... doesn't that sound divine?
If you've had ROYCE Nama chocolate or Melty Kiss from Japan, you'll know what I'm talking about.
What is nama chocolate?
Basically, nama chocolate is a super thick ganache -- think truffles, but in tiny square form.
It's a Japanese-style chocolate made with high quality chocolate, heavy cream chilled until it's firm, cut and dusted with cocoa powder.
Nama means "raw" in Japanese.
Why you'll love this recipe
Earl Grey tea and chocolate is a natural pairing.
The heavy cream is infused with Earl Grey tea, for maximum flavour.
This recipe makes a small batch, which is great since it's made with fresh heavy cream.
You can easily switch up the flavourings to your preference.
It's a great gift to give to friends and family.
Ingredients in the chocolates
There's only 4 simple ingredients:
- heavy whipping cream: (36% milkfat)
- dark chocolate: chopped; you can use whatever chocolate you like, for eg. semi-sweet or milk if you prefer
- Earl grey tea: you can use loose leaf tea or tea bag
- cocoa powder: for dusting on top of the chocolate
It's that simple!
Typically, nama chocolate does contain liqueur to enhance the chocolate flavour. I've chosen not to use it here, but you can definitely add it if you like.
How to make it
It's a very simple recipe -- all you have to do is:
Prepare a small container (I used a 4" by 3" container) with parchment.
In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream over low heat.
Add in the Earl grey tea to steep with the cream.
Whisk in the dark chocolate until melted.
Transfer to the container and refrigerate for a few hours.
Cut into small pieces and dust with cocoa.
How to serve & store
These chocolates are best served chilled.
Store the Earl Grey Nama Chocolates in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Other Earl Grey recipes you may like
If you love Earl Grey as much as I do, check out these recipes:
Raspberry White Chocolate Earl Grey Scones
Earl Grey Chocolate Sheet Cake
Let me know if you try out my recipe -- tag me on Instagram @siftandsimmer or leave me a comment/rating below.
Earl Grey Nama Chocolate (Melty Kiss)
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- 60 ml heavy cream
- 100 g bittersweet dark chocolate chopped into small pieces
- 1 bag Earl Grey tea
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder sifted
- Prepare a small 4" by 3" container and line it with parchment paper. (You can use a smaller container if you have one on hand; just keep in mind your chocolates will be more thicker, and conversely, if you have a larger container, your chocolates will be thinner).
- Pour the heavy cream into a small sauce pan and place the earl grey tea bag in it. Bring the cream to a simmer over low heat. Press down on the tea bag gently with a silicone spatula to help infuse the tea into the cream.
- When the cream has come to a simmer, remove the tea bag and discard. Take the sauce pan off the heat and whisk the chopped chocolate into the heavy cream. Stir until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour into the prepared container and tap it to release any trapped air bubbles. Smooth out the top with a spatula, cover, and place into the refrigerator for at least 4-5 hours.
- Remove from refrigerator and using a serrated knife, cut into small pieces. Dust the top with cocoa powder. Serve nama chocolate chilled.
- May be kept in the refrigerator for up to 1 week in a clean, airtight container.
The nutritional information provided should be considered as approximate and is not guaranteed. Please use your best judgment to ensure food is safely prepared and/or a good fit for your diet.
Chocolate is my weakness XD. I never met a person who is allergic to chocolate before, but good thing chocolate isn't a key ingredient in a lot of things! I've never had ROYCE Nama chocolate or Melty Kiss before, but I am totally on board in trying it out. Anything that's bite-sized wins my interest XD. Thanks for sharing!
Yeah, definitely was surprised when she told us that she was allergic to chocolate... I think the entire group of us were staring at her with our mouths hanging. LOL. They're a Japanese-style chocolate, you could probably find it in an Asian/Japanese specialty store... BUT, of course you could always try out my small batch recipe too! 😀 Do let me know if you try it, Nancy, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Leanne | Crumb Top Baking
I've never heard of nama chocolate but they sound and look fabulous! Love the infusion of earl grey tea. They would be the perfect little treat for sharing on Valentine's Day!
Thanks Leanne! I love earl grey everything, so I thought the pairing of it with the chocolate would be nice. And definitely, small chocolate goods are always a must on Valentine's Day! 😀
Katherine | Love In My Oven
I would be devastated if I became allergic to chocolate - I have it every single day! These are so elegant with the earl grey infusion - I would love to gift these for my Mama 🙂
I know, right? I can't imagine not having chocolate... it's my saving grace some nights with the kids! I literally have to hide in the closet to have that piece of chocolate and then everything's alright with the world when I emerge! HEHE! That sounds like a wonderful and thoughtful gift for your Mom, Katherine! 🙂
I love mixing different flavors with chocolate but I've never tried Earl Grey tea before! I'll be making this soon - it looks fabulous!
What a fantastic flavor combo with the tea and the chocolate. These little chocolates are so cute, I can't wait to give them a try!
Wow this chocolate looks incredibly delicious, loving the earl grey flavour especially. Yum!
Oh wow! I have two big chocolate lovers who are going to love this recipe! So excited to give this a try! Can’t wait!
The chocolate lovers in your life will love it! Thanks Beth! 🙂
This looks delicious and I'm sure it really is! Can't wait to try this recipe!
Wow! These Earl Grey Nama chocolate sure sound so divinely delicious! I definitely will make some for this coming Valentine day!
Thanks Linsey! They're fun and easy to make! 🙂 Enjoy!
David @ Spiced
We discovered ROYCE' chocolates several years ago on a trip down to NYC. That store became a required stop on every trip down there. We haven't been in a few years now thanks to the pandemic, so I'm really intrigued about this idea of making nama chocolate here at home! This sounds like a great idea for Valentine's Day! I had forgotten how good ROYCE chocolate is!!
Ah yes, we used to have a ROYCE chocolates here too and then they closed down. You'll have to give it a try, David! 🙂
Lynne would love these Michelle! What an excellent Valentines Day surprise they would be! Delicious, so pretty looking and easy to make too. Yep I think I'll be giving these a go on Sunday. (When she's not around of course!) Thank you!
Thanks Neil! What a fantastic idea to surprise Lynne! 🙂
Heidi | The Frugal Girls
I am loving that this recipe only requires 4 ingredients and 25 minutes of hands on time. What an elegant treat... and so easy to make.
These look so chocolatey delicious - perfect little treat for Valentine's! I bet they'd melt in your mouth!
Tasia ~ two sugar bugs
I've never mixed earl grey with chocolate, but it looks and sounds divine! They look so soft and creamy and perfect for a Valentine's treat!