Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate is the perfect warming drink for all those cold winter days ahead!
Here we are the first Monday of October! Ahh, October, I love this month so much. In October there will finally be cooler days for us here in Florida.
We will see our first dip in temperatures into the 50's for our lows, at least once during the month of October. Which means October is the first official feel of fall for us. Those drops in temperature make it the perfect time to cozy up with a quilt and a cup of hot chocolate.
We consume a lot of hot chocolate between now and February. We buy a lot of instant hot chocolate, because Swiss Miss has come out with Simply, and it's delicious.
However, I also make a lot of hot chocolate with different flavors, like this Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate.
I used to work at The Coffee Beanery in our mall. It was my first job, and out of all the jobs I've had, which aren't that many, it was my favorite one. I loved the regulars that would come in, the tips $, the aromas of coffee, the people that I worked with, and the new flavors that were introduced to me. To this day I still whip up some of those coffee drinks on a regular at home!
This Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate was inspired by the vanilla chai that they carried at The Coffee Beanery. The original drink used water, but we had a few regular customers that would use milk, for a creamier experience.
The store in our mall closed years ago, and to this day I have yet to find anything that tasted like the vanilla chai from that coffee shop, but I'm always on the look out.
While thinking of warm spices to use in recipes for the site here, I was thinking of chai. I've seen all sorts of chai recipes all over Pinterest. And I've seen several chai hot chocolates.
I thought of how much we love our cool October nights, snuggled up watching the 13 Nights of Halloween, with a cozy quilt, and a cup of hot chocolate. So why not a chai hot chocolate!?
As I mentioned, there are several versions on Pinterest. Although I've tried a few of those, none of them have really been my favorite. They were good. But not hmm, hmm, good.
I decided to try something that seemed sort of strange to me at first, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. It reminded me of something from Chopped. Like if a chef were given a chai teabag, they would totally do it.
Instead of using the teabag in water, I heated up my milk for the hot chocolate, and steeped the teabag in the milk! What?! Yep, and it was perfection.
Ingredients in Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate:
- chai tea
- cocoa powder
How do I make Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate without chai tea?
If you don't have chai tea bags, all you have to do is add these ingredients;
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground all spice
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Pinch of ground cardamom
- Pinch of ground cloves
How can I replace the sugar in Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate?
You can use any of your favorite alternative sweeteners. I've used agave several times to make this for myself.
It took a bit of tweaking, figuring out how many teabags to actually use, and how much cocoa was just enough, but once I got the finished recipe, we all enjoyed a big cup of Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate...in August! Haha. Because that's when I was planning recipes for y'all!
We love sipping on these during the fall and winter:
- 1 to 2 Twinings Ultra Spice Chai Teabags
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Heat the milk in a small saucepan, over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, until hot. (you do not want this to boil)
- Steep the tea bag(s) for 4 to 6 minutes in the milk. Remove. Whisk in the cocoa powder and sugar. Heat for 3 to 5 minutes, until piping hot. Remove from the heat, pour into your cup, and enjoy!
- Optional - top with whipped cream, a sprinkle of cocoa powder, and serve with a cinnamon stick.
If you do not want a strong chai flavor, only use one teabag.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 2gSugar: 25gProtein: 11g