A warmly spiced chai hot chocolate that combines two of your favorite drinks in one cozy winter treat.
I love a good chai. The warm spices and milky tea puts an instant smile on my face. I sometimes make a large jug of iced chai tea and spend a week slowly enjoying it and dreaming of the colder months where I can enjoy it hot. I love using chai spice in many of my treats and a chai hot chocolate has been a part of my winter routine for years. It’s one of those treats I will make when I can enjoy it on my own without my daughter begging me to make her something she likes too or without worrying about a chore list that’s a mile long.
This chai hot chocolate has a delicious balance of spices that perfectly complement the rich chocolate. It’s the indulgent winter treat we’ve all been craving. If you want to go really crazy with it, you can even add a bit of espresso to the mix to make it almost a dirty chai hot chocolate (the only difference being that we are using chai spice, not chai tea in our hot chocolate). It will become a relaxing pick-me-up when you need it. Goodbye, post-lunch slump!
If you wanted to experiment with using chai tea instead of the chai spices, keep in mind you will also need to adjust the amount of sugar you add as well as the amount of milk. My suggestion would be to infuse the milk with the chai tea before adding it to the hot chocolate.
If you are still craving hot chocolate after your mug of chai hot chocolate, go check out some of my other favorite hot chocolate recipes like my Black Forest hot chocolate, tiramisu hot chocolate, and my salted matcha white hot chocolate.
Chai Hot Chocolate
Yield 1 drink
A warm and cozy chai hot chocolate
1 1/2 oz semi sweet chocolate
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
3 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
pinch black pepper
1 1/4 cup whole milk
Add all the ingredients except for the milk in a small saucepan. Stir well to combine.
Add 1/4 cup of the milk and stir in well. Heat the mixture on medium high.
Continue to slowly add milk, stirring consistently. Bring the mixture to a simmer, but not a full boil.
Remove from heat and serve hot.