Chocolate Chai

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Remember when I said I want to make more hot drinks this month? Well, here is one of them. And boy, is it good!

I usually bake in the afternoons. In Winter time I develop a routine, where I first set the kettle on and start to pull out my baking ingredients. Then I make my tea and sip it while dancing around the kitchen to Pandora tunes. Baking is fun that way!

Last week I run out of my usual tea of choice, which is Celestial Seasonings Peppermint Tea. Black tea had to do. Then I decided it was pretty bland and needed some oomph.

Enter Chocolate Chai.

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Perfect blend of spices with the addition of cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate. Hello deliciousness!

You will want to use the biggest mug you have for this one. It is so good! The mix of cinnamon, ginger and cloves is probably my favorite during the cold months. And not only for cookies or cakes. It’s perfect to make your own chai at home. Don’t forget the milk froth!

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Chocolate Chai

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 servings, 2 1/4 cup total

Chocolate Chai makes for a perfect afternoon drink to enjoy during the cold Winter months.


  1. 2 bags black tea
  2. 1/2 c water
  3. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  4. 2 c milk
  5. 2 Tbsp granulated sugar or 2 packets sugar substitute
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  8. 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  9. 1/8 tsp cardamom
  10. 1 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  11. 2 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. In a medium saucepan, place tea bags, water and cinnamon and bring to boil. Remove from the stove and let sit covered for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags.
  2. Add milk, sugar, vanilla and spices. Whisk to combine. Add cocoa powder and whisk again.
  3. Add chocolate chips and return the saucepan onto the stove. Cook until heated through and the chocolate has melted. Do not boil.
  4. Serve hot with the addition of milk froth.


You can use store-bought chai for this recipe. Just omit adding cinnamon, ginger, cloves and cardamom.

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What is your favorite hot drink during the cold Winter months?



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  • Sunshine and Smile

    I am drinking a lot of hot chocolate these days, but this chocolate chai would be my next! Will try it today :)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Yay! Let me know what you think! Thank you, Kankana!

  • Ashley

    This looks absolutely perfect! I love that you added chocolate to an already amazing drink.

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      It was a last-minute decision :) It needed to happen :) Thanks, Ashley!

  • curryandcomfort

    That cup is a beautiful thing… really well done! I love the swirl in the froth… beautiful pictures. :)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Aww, thank you, Ramona :)

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    This just looks dreamy, Anna. I’ll definitely have to try it.

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Yay! Thank you, Amanda!

  • Nancy

    Oh my gosh Anna, that is a giant mug of perfection! I’ve got all the ingredients in my pantry so I have a strong feeling I’m going to be drinking a lot of this in the next while.

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Yes! Let me know what you think, Nancy! Thanks so much!

  • Cooking Quidnunc

    omg this looks amazing! LOVE anything chai :)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thank you! :)

  • Hayley Parker

    I LOVE chai, and I LOVE cinnamon + chocolate together, so this combination sounds positively heavenly to me!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      I am so glad you like it, Hayley! Thank you!

  • Tutti Dolci

    This looks so comforting and warm, Anna! I’d love a huge mug right now! :)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thank you, Laura!

  • Terry

    Sounds great!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thanks, Terry!

  • Laura

    Goodness, I can’t wait to try this to switch up my afternoon tea time!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Let me know what you think, if you give it a try, Laura! Thank you!

  • Lizzy Do

    Oh, boy, what a delicious way to start the day!!! I love being warmed up with chocolate :)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      That’s the best way! :) Thanks, Lizzy!

  • Autumn

    This looks like a great wintertime drink! YUM!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thank you, Autumn!

  • Jen Laceda

    Not only does the drink look wonderful, but those sweet bar things behind it look so tempting, too! What are those?? YUM! Not to take away from the drink, I am positive that this is just delicious. Easy to make also – good for breakfast OR afternoon snack OR before-bed treat!

  • Sandra Garth

    This sounds delightful!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thanks, Sandra!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog

    I could go for one of these right now. Looks so creamy and delicious!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thank you, Jennie!

  • Minnie Gupta

    Wow! This is actually masala tea with chocolate!! Love it.

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thanks, Minnie!

  • Jessica_AKitchenAddiction

    I love chai. . .chocolate sounds like a perfect addition! I’ve been drinking a lot of chai lately, so I will definitely have to add some chocolate to my next cup! :)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      I had a feeling you will like it, Jessica :) Thank you!

  • Jocelyn Delk Adams

    Chai is definitely one of my absolute fave flavors to work with. This looks like a smashing drink and a nice flavor combo.

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thank you so much, Jocelyn!

  • Courtney

    Chai is my drink of choice year round! I’ve never thought to add chocolate, but it sounds wonderful!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Oooh, you have to try it then! You will love it! Thanks, Courtney!

  • Sally

    i really don’t know why I always use bagged tea for chai – it’s so easy to make myself from black tea. And with chocolate – i am ALL about it. Love these gorgeous photos Anna!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Awww, thank you so much, Sally! I really appreciate that!

  • CrunchyCreamySw

    Thanks, Cassie!

  • cathy @ Noble Pig

    This is crazy delciousness in a cup! Love the chocolate idea.

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thank you, Cathy!

  • justonecookbook

    I really need to make this when I wake up tomorrow morning. You will make my Saturday extra special. :) Thank you Anna! And Happy New Year! :) (if it’s still not too late to say…)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Aww, you are so sweet, Nami! :) Happy New Year to you too!

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  • The Food Hound

    I just made gingerbread-spiced hot chocolate, and I included a little cardamom thinking it might help it taste a little like chai- I can’t WAIT to try this! Seems not too sweet, but just enough that it feels like a nice treat. PS- if you live near a Trader Joe’s and love peppermint tea, you TOTALLY need to try their Candy Cane Green Tea. You will become an addict!!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Candy Cane Green Tea sounds fabulous! Thanks for the recommendation. I hope you will get to try this chocolate chai! :)

  • Aishah Choudhury

    I love hot chocolate and chai, and now I can have both together! This is just perfect for me! Thanks for sharing :D

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      You are very welcome! Thanks for stopping by, Aishah!