February 15, 2011

Would you like a cup of tea? - Chai Tea, that is

Homemade Chai Tea Latte Mix

My love of Chai Tea began back in my Corporate America days.  Before becoming a 1st grade teacher, I spent 13 years working in the corporate grind.  Especially as I progressed in my career, I always seemed to be having morning "coffee meetings."  At least once a week, someone would say, "Let's meet for coffee to discuss that."  The problem - I don't drink coffee.  Never have, doubt I ever will.  I've tried to acquire a taste for coffee, but to no avail.  I just don't like it.  What was I to do?  I couldn't very well sit for hours-on-end at Starbuck's or Caribou and drink water, could I?  That seemed silly.  And that's how I discovered Chai Tea Lattes, with their wonderful mix of ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and other spicy yumminess.

I absolutely love chai!  So, of course, I eventually had to figure out how to make my own at home.  You can buy mixes at the grocery store, and I've tried them all.  They're actually pretty good.  But this past summer I put all the grocery store mixes to the test against a mix recipe I made myself.  I went to the grocery store and bought every mix they had, both powder and liquid ... $40 later, I had a testing line-up set up on my kitchen counter.  Guess what won, at least in my mind?  Yep ... my own powder mix.  And I'm going to share that recipe with you.  If you like chai, I think you'll love this mix.

Homemade Chai Tea Latte Mix

Now, the "secret" ingredient is cardamom.  I adore cardamom - click here to read more about that.  Cardamom is pricey for a spice - I actually read somewhere that it is the most expensive spice by weight.  A bottle will run you about $10 at the grocery store.  But believe me, it's worth it.  It makes all the difference in this chai mix, and is the ingredient that puts it over the top from a taste perspective.  So I encourage you to splurge!!  And I encourage you to enjoy a delicious cup of chai.

Homemade Chai Tea Latte Mix
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Chai Tea Latte Mix
Source:  Adapted from a friend


Ingredients
1 c. nonfat dry milk powder
1 c. powdered nondairy creamer
1 c. French vanilla powdered nondairy creamer
1 ½  c. sugar
1 ½ c. unsweetened instant tea
2  tsp. ground ginger
2 ¼  tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/8  tsp. ground cardamom
1 1/8  tsp. ground cloves


Directions
In a food processor, combine all ingredients; cover and process until powdery. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.

To prepare 1 serving:  Dissolve 3 T. of mix in 1 c. boiling water; stir well.


Enjoy!

Homemade Chai Tea Latte Mix

This post is linked with Flash-Back Friday hosted by Cookin' for My Captain and Cure for the Common Monday {Flashback Edition} hosted by Lines Across My Face.

24 comments:

  1. Think I will go make me a cup from the mix you gave me at Xmas--trust me fellow blog readers--she has a winner here!!!

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  2. Ahhh, thanks Mom! I'm about out ... need to make more.

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  3. I want a cup RIGHT now!!!!!!! I am definitely going to try this one Tracey because I know how great it is! I think I will head to the store to purchase all the ingredients, including the Cardamom... after payday that is!
    Thanks!!

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  4. I'll try to walk through the steps to post a comment

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  5. Here goes how to post a comment: step 1--click on the comments (in red) at the end of the recipe,etc. Step 2--write your comment in the comment box that comes up. Step 3--select a profile clicking on the drop down..I used Name/URL but only put my name in,click continue Step 4--click on preview. Step--5 copy the word verification in the little box below it.

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  6. Last step to posting a comment is to click on the little post comment box--Good luck everyone!

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  7. Hi I'm DJ's mil and it's nice to see your blog. That Chai tea sounds like something I would love to make. Hope you'll get a chance to check out her post on my blog today. Hope to visit you again soon.

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  8. Hey my MIL Donnie found this before I sent her the link
    she did post my valentine tablescape today go check it outhttp://newblessingeveryday.blogspot.com/
    Maybe you can find some other recipe groups to link up with through her
    Keep up the good work Tracey

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  9. :) We JUST had our favorite chai mix today. We don't use cardamom, but I may have to try it. The rest looks really similar to yours.:)

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  10. I love your pictures and recipes, they are mouth watering. Would love for you to share them with us at foodieportal.com. We are new but at foodieportal.com we are not photography snobs, we are just foodies.

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  11. Do I really need to wait up to 6 months? I mean this just sounds delicious and i cant wait that much

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    1. You can use the mix immediately ... 6 months is it's shelf-life (how long you can store it and it still be good). Enjoy!

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  13. Finally! A chai mix I can use in my dorm! Woohoo!

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    1. So glad I could help, Erinn! You can certainly whip up a big batch, and then easily mix up a cup with hot water in the dorm. Sending you good wished for a great year at school!

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  14. I adore chai! Do you mind if I ask what kind of instant tea to get??? I'll always end up buying everything in the store until I get to the one that's worth swallowing..lol. Thank you!

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    1. I adore it, too. I use Lipton brand unsweetened instant tea ... and I actually get decaffeinated {I try really hard not to drink caffeine ... which is why I LOVE making my own chai mix}. Enjoy, Lynda!

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  15. Is instant tea different than tea in a tea bag/loose leaf? Am I missing some tea product that everyone else knows about? xD

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    1. Yes, instant tea is different than loose leaf/tea bags. It's a powder that doesn't require any brewing, and is sold in jars/canisters (kind of like the canisters of powdered coffee creamer ... but tea).

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  17. Hello! I absolutely love Chai and want to try out this recipe! About how many servings is this recipe? I was thinking it would be a great christmas stocking stuffer or gift :) Thanks!


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  18. For the first nondairy creamer do you just use original flavor?

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    1. Yes, the first one listed is just regular ol' original flavor. Enjoy!

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  19. yay! thank you for this recipe! Now i can have a chai tea latte at home whenever I want! Super excited! hah!

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