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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Yields 2 servings, 2 1/4 cup total

Chocolate Chai

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

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 2 bags black tea
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 c milk
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar or 2 packets sugar substitute
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 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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  1. Aishah Choudhury says

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

  2. says

    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 says

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

  3. justonecookbook says

    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…)

  4. says

    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!

  5. says

    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!

  6. Nancy says

    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.

  7. curryandcomfort says

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