‘Tis the holiday season. Time to make candy, bake cookies, and whip up a few batches of Chai tea for gift giving. The main ingredients in chai tea are black tea, milk, spices, and sweetener. I’m not sure where I found the recipe but I’ve been making it for years. It has cardamom but no coffee so it is definitely not a Finnish favorite. I typically do not care for cream or milk in my tea or coffee but I do like an occasional cup of this tea.
3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 cup unsweetened instant tea
3/4 cup vanilla powdered nondairy creamer
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground cloves
In a food processor combine all of the ingredients, cover and process until you have a fine powder.
Once the mixture is processed dump it in a bowl to make it easier to fill your jars.
Scoop the mixture into jars and store the jars in a cool place. One recipe makes a little over 4 cups of the mix. I made several batches.
To serve add 3/4 cup of boiling water to 3 T of chai mix.
NOTE: Because the nondairy creamer is sweet you can choose to reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe or use a sugar substitute like truvia.
To make the jars more festive for holiday gift giving tie curly ribbon to the neck of the jar or take a square piece of colorful fabric and use the band to fasten the fabric down. Include a copy of the recipe and instructions for mixing with the jar.
Hmmmmm. I wonder how this would taste substituting instant coffee for the instant tea? If I do a test batch I’ll be sure to blog the results.