By Sandi (From CA) on July 27, 2005
Photo by Crafty Lady 13
Photo by Crafty Lady 13
"Spice this up even further by adding 1 teaspoon each nutmeg and allspice, and 1/4 teaspoon white pepper. You may choose to omit the French vanilla creamer, and use 2 teaspoons vanilla extract instead. To do so, mix the vanilla into the sugar, let it dry, then break the sugar into small lumps. Follow the same procedure as above. A quick, but very appreciative THANK YOU to the reviewers who aren't receiving zmail!"
Serving Size: 1 (24 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 36
"This is pretty darn good! The only other chai I'd ever had the first time I made this, was the Tazo liquid concentrate. This is almost as good (why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars). I made some minor changes on my second batch - 1 1/2 cups creamer and 1/2 cup French Vanilla Creamer (I'm not real fond of vanilla) instead of 1 and 1, 1/2 tsp white pepper instead of 1/4 tsp. I used pumpkin pie spice (as I saw recommended elsewhere), and - most important - I added 1/4 cup cocoa powder. Voila! Mocha Chai!"
"I had Chai at the bakery/coffee shop down the street from me, and I was hooked. I wanted to be able to make it myself (budgets, you know). This mix is just terrific! Just the flavor I was looking for. I made 1/4 of a batch just to check the flavor without a huge investment. It was just what I was looking for. Even hubby (who hadn't had chai before) loved it. Thanks!"
"This is amazingly good. I received some as a Christmas present and have now made my own batch. I thought it seemed a bit weak for my tastes and so I added a tsp of allspice, 1/2 a tsp of white pepper and an additional 1/4 cup of instant tea. I also used splenda in place of the sugar and non fat creamers. Thank you for posting this."
"try it with a splash of Capn Morgan for a nice cozy change"
"WOW! This is delicious! I did make this diabetic friendly by replacing the sugar with Splenda and using fat-free vanilla flavored creamer and decaffinated tea. I also added 1 teaspoon each of nutmeg and allspice. After a quick blending in my food processor, I packaged it in sandwich bags (with the directions taped to the bag). I put each bag into a holiday mug and tied it with a curly ribbon. These make a great and inexpensive gift for teachers, co-workers and just about anyone else you can think of! Also, did I fail to mention that I kept a batch "just for me"? Thanks so much Sandi for making me look like Martha Stewart this year!"
"This is a fabulous recipe, and I can tell that will be making this many more times in the very near future! I usually make my chai from scratch (steeping whole spices and tea leaves, etc) and this was a very close taste with minimal effort! I adjusted the recipe just slightly- decreasing the sugar by 1/2 cup, increasing the tea by 1/2 cup. It was still plenty sweet. I also added 1/4 tsp whitepepper, and substituted Nido dried whole milk as I had it on hand. Using cardamom and the food processor are critical. Don't let the cost of cardamom scare you- it makes a huge difference, and you can usually find it in bulk at natural grocery stores. Thanks so much for the great recipe! This is going into gift baskets along with homemade cocoa mix!"
"I LOVE Chai Tea and spend a fortune buying it at the local coffee houses. Now I can make it at home and its so good. I can't wait for the weather to turn and I can snuggle under the blanket and sip my tea!!! Thank you for sharing with me, I loved it."
"I have had this saved for some time but now that the weather is cooler, I got out all the ingredients and made it. This is wonderful. I used granular Spenda for the sugar and used sugar free hazelnut creamer but followed directions for everything else. I made a double batch and will be sharing. Thanks for posting this."
"Didn't realize I haven't reviewed this. Wonderful! I also added the nutmeg, allspice, and white pepper. My DH loves it, and I make for Christmas presents. Thanks Sandi."
"I can't believe I have not rated this before, so sorry! I have been making this recipe for Xmas gifts for the last few years. I always get rave reviews and requests for more.....and of course I wont tell them it couldnt be easier to make."
"Been drinking Chai quite a bit for the last couple of weeks because of being sick...got tired of paying $6 or more for mix that made no more then 8 cups, made this for around $12 (had some ingredients left over) and its Delicious! Did add the nutmeg and allspice, but left out the pepper (not a big fan of pepper). May try some of the other additions as well (Mocha Chai? Sounds Delicious)"
"Love Love Love this mix! I left out the vanilla creamer and added a bit more of the dry milk and regular non dairy creamer. Vanilla was with the sugar as suggested. No cardamom, to expensive, but I am on the look out for some lower cost cardamom. I had some trouble with the mix not being ground fine enough, so next time it will go into the blender instead of the food processor."
"This was very good but too sweet for me. Even with leaving 1/2 cup sugar out and adding an extra 1/2 cup of tea! I'll leave even more sugar out next time and maybe add more milk powder and creamer. I got lucky and was able to get a few tsp of bulk organic cardamom from my local health food store for about $1!!! I also saw a lot of the reviewers complained of the drink being gritty so I pulverized it in my blender to a fine powder."
"I love chai tea - as soon as I saw this recipe I had to try it. I brought it into work and got so much interest I decided to use this recipe for Xmas gifts for about 15 friends and family. I believe they all liked it, but I Know the chai tea lovers certainly did. Because I've made it so many times I can tell you its okay to fudge the amounts a little (ex: 2 cups sugar, 2 cups french vanilla non-dairy powder instead of 1 cup of regular) I ran out of cardamom at one point and sub'd nutmeg. I liked it, so I kept that batch for myself but it lacked that "something" I was used to. Overall I LOVE this recipe. Its what gets me through work!"
"I just made this Chai Tea and I liked it.... I am not much of a tea lover but I am willing to try anything at least once. I did not add the cardamom, since I did not want to spend $10 on an experiment. I used nutmeg instead. I am wondering how much it affects the flavor... once I finish this batch I will consider purchasing it. Thanks for the recipe!"
"My DD said this was the best Chai Tea EVER! I made this for a stocking stuffer for St. Nick's night. Raves!!!"
"We ( a 4 year old; a 2 year old and I - hubby would like it...If I'd make it for him ;). The tea strainer idea has got to be great. (The only one I have is in a genie lamp...need to get one to try it.) All in all, good flavor, although I use 3 T for me and less for the children. It is yummy...in fact, I think I'll go make some right now."
"This easily competes with store bought...actually it's better cause you can customize to your own tastes!! Thanks for saving me tons of moolah :)"
"LOVE IT! I used to buy a chai mix from Trader Joes, but we moved to Maine which doesn't have 1. This is even better. I make it with all the extra spices listed at the top, and because I can't find the non-dairy creamer without sodium caseinate (MSG), I substitute dry milk powder. (For purists, even dry milk is naturally high in glutamates, but that doesn't seem quite as bad to me. ;-)"
"I just made this ... was nervous because I"m really picky. I tasted it and YUM! This is really good. I don't need to pay $3.50 at Paneras for a good cup of chai tea. Thanks for the recipe!"