Wednesday, August 11, 2010

chai mix



A few weeks ago I finally got around to making this chai latte mix. I'd been meaning to do it forever, ever since I found the original link via Angry Chicken. (By the way, in looking for the link just now I realized that her "In the Kitchen" category on her blog has a ton of awesome recipe inspiration in it--especially for soups.) I loved the concept of this chai mix. You dump a can of sweetened condensed milk into a jar and mix it with all your chai spices, and store it in the fridge. Then, whenever the mood strikes, take a spoonful of it and mix into a mug of hot, strong tea. I love the novelty and ease of this. Faith has been using it too (which I like. It's so much more companionable if I'm not the only one drinking it. And now maybe you will make it too and then I really won't be the only one drinking it).

I had a big delay in making this because I kept waiting for Trader Joe's to re-stock the organic sweetened condensed milk (shown in this post) that they used to have. Finally I realized that it's not coming back. I ended up buying regular sweetened condensed milk at the store. After that it's super easy and such a fun treat. Highly recommended!

17 comments:

Maiz said...

Oh, YUM! I'll be joining you and Faith for a cup of that. How nice that you can store it for up to 6 mos!

Kelly and Kelly said...

I *love* this stuff and have made it 3 times now. It's so good!!

Andrea said...

Mmm...I think I'll make some to keep on hand at work this winter. I wonder if you can make your own sweetened condensed milk?

Denise C. said...

Yum! I love Chai. I used to buy the ready-made mix by General Foods International. I think it's not being carried in stores by me anymore.

Making your own mix at home is much more better.

I wonder if this concentrate would work well in hot milk as well?

Andrea-I am intrigued by your comment about making homemade sweetened condensed milk!

vegeater said...

this sounds yum. I try to limit dairy and soy in my diet, so I wonder if I could use some other milk substitute. Also, I love that I can make it as sweet as I want - I find most chai mixes are cloyingly sweet...

julie said...

You're not alone! I've made it too and enjoyed it instead of my plain milky tea for as long as the mix lasted; I'm sure to make it again as soon as I need chai, perhaps next month.

Bec said...

Yum! I love chai but always find it too milky, what an easy recipe though I may give it a go.

Rain said...

Count me in for a mug of chai. I've been using the mix from Trader Joe, but this looks way yummier!

andreaW said...

I love this chai mix. I enjoyed it all winter and now am making it iced.

momma rae said...

i became really, really fond of this last winter. ;) yummmm. i have backed off since it has been so hot here, but i have already been thinking about it. glad you've discovered it, too. it sure is divine!!!

we use whole spices to mix it up. my kids grate the nutmeg and grind the cardamom and clove in a mortar and pestle. they love getting in on it!

Kate said...

Yes yes! I love this as well, and have a batch ready and waiting in my refrigerator. I made a batch for my mom, too, because such goodness begs to be shared!

Maiz said...

Okay, I tried it! So good. I gave the boys some in their glasses of milk, and they went CRAZY. Thanks for sharing it. I'm going to add some of this mix to coconut milk to make chai popsicles... I'll let you know how they turn out!

plantmyappletree said...

Perfect - thanks so much for sharing this. There are several chai powders available here for purchase, but I didn't like any of them since they have artificial sweeteners in them.

kate said...

Really great idea, I am rugged up on the couch trying to get over the flu and sipping it right now. Thanks

Allana said...

I just made some of this! It is so yummy. I love it just with hot milk or made up like a hot drink with boiled water and a dash of milk and my little one loves to sit with me and have a 'tea'too :)

Mary Beth said...

Allana--so glad you liked it! It's so fun and homey, isn't it?

The Valkyrie said...

I clicked the link and it no longer worked (for me at least)! *gasp!* was wondering if you could list the ingredients/recipe for me? I was very, very excited for this!