It's fall! Okay, maybe this is too soon. It is still hot as blazes, shorts and tanks are a necessity, and we are hesitant to pull out the Ginger Tea Recipe,most days. But, school has started and when that happens it's time to start turning towards all things fall. Tea equals warmth and comfort... fall feelings. If you are a lover of chai tea you must, must try a chocolate chai tea latte! It's just a step up from the original with it's gentle chocolate flavor and sweetness.
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And the smells...
A food processor or blender is pretty necessary to make proper chocolate chai mix. To those of you that don't have one, the usual tutorial that makes recipes accessible to everyone is not present. It's necessary to disappoint you for this great recipe. Sorry.
If you are among those without a food processor (this is mine) or blender may I suggest finding a friend that has one? Get some chatting in while making this tasty treat! Or, find every ingredient in ground form already and eliminate the need for the food processor!
Add your chocolate chai tea latte mix to your hot milk and stir, stir, stir. Leave it sit for about 1 minute for drinking for optimal tasting pleasure! To make it a true latte, heat your milk on the stove and use a frother to froth that milk up. Froth, baby, froth!
Because you are using un-brewed tea leaves in your ingredients, rather than a concentrate like many chai recipes call for, we need to give the tea time to do a bit of flavoring.Keep your chocolate chai latte mix in a jar on the counter. It doesn't last long, at all. How long can it keep? Well see, there's the problem... I've never kept it long enough to know when it goes bad. It does lasts at least a month in the jar in a cool place. That's a bit helpful, right?!?
Try bundling this mix into DIY teabags for gift-giving purposes. If you intend to do this you MUST NOT use cocoa nibs in the recipe, only cocoa. The cocoa nibs will melt in the teabag and clump all that up... disgusting!
Note--- this recipe calls for vanilla sugar. Vanilla sugar is super easy to make and works well for mixes like this because it eliminates the need to add vanilla extract to your warm milk (the vanilla is already present in the mix). You can, however, use regular sugar and simply add a bit of vanilla to your milk before adding the mix. The recipe for Vanilla Sugar (2 ingredients!) is HERE
- 1/2 cup loose leaf black tea
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves use less if you aren't a clove fan
- 8 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar search NellieBellie for the easy recipe for this!
- 8 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or 4 tablespoons cacao nibs
- Blend all the ingredients together. Blend well!
- Store in a cool place.
- Stir 3 tablespoons or so into 1 mug of hot milk.