Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Chai & Chocolate Chai Concentrate

I'm stressed out. Super stressed. Stressed to the max. Stress can take a serious toll on your energy, and while I am a big fan of the morning and afternoon cup of coffee, it is nice to change the routine. A delicious alternative is to take a mug of black tea and add a spoonful (or two) of this chai concentrate.

I made a jar of regular chai and a jar of chocolate chai concentrate. Both are equally good. If you are still craving coffee, make yourself a latte and add a spoonful of this chai concentrate. It is comforting and guaranteed to de-stress you, at least a little bit.
Note: For Chocolate Chai Concentrate, add about 3 Tablespoons of chocolate syrup (more if you want it extra chocolaty)

Chai Concentrate 
Makes many servings (I made a double batch and it filled three jam jars)

1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1. Empty condensed milk into a jar or plastic container with tight-fitting lid. Stir in the sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Store in refrigerator.

To use: Brew a cup of strong black tea, such as Assam, then add two heaping teaspoons of concentrate or more to taste. Stir well until concentrate has fully melted.

To give: Pour into small jars with lids and tie with an attractive bow, or wrap the jar first. Attach a tag with instructions to keep the mix refrigerated and how to use it.

To keep: Store in refrigerator for up to 6 months.

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  1. Wow, this is such a cool recipe! I've never heard of a chai concentrate for coffee like this one...and I LOVE chai tea! Thanks so much for sharing with us:)

  2. Yum and a magical way to take 10 for you.

  3. Sounds fabulous. I've seen recipes for powdered chai mixes but not a liquid. Love chai, must make this soon!

  4. I've been thinking of you and am sorry to hear the stress is a constant right now. ((hugs)) I've never made chai, but this sounds wonderful. And def de-stressing. :)

  5. @ Elizabeth - I totally agree.

    @ Nickeletta - In the past I had only made powdered chai's before, but this is a tasty alternative. It isn't as sweet as the powdered mixes I've had, which was surprising to me.

    @ Veronica - Thank you :)

  6. I'm definitely going to try this. Sorry for the stress...just take a deep breath and do what Dori says, "Just keep swimming...". :)

  7. I love chai! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-link-up-2.html. I hope to see you soon!
    ~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM

  8. This just sound fantastic. I cannot wait to try this out.

  9. I(Heather) am a huge fan of Chai, glad I found this... I have never had a chocolate chai. It sounds wonderful!

  10. This recipe looks so good. I would love it if you came over to my party "Cast Party Wednesday" tomorrow and shared some of your recipes with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  11. I've never had chai anything but I'm going to make a batch of this, sometimes my coffee needs a little something extra! Thanks for sharing

  12. I came over from 'This Chick Cooks' and have to say this looks amazing. I have never thought about adding a concentrate to some black tea and most definitely will be trying this. I'm always looking for easy ways to de-stress and this sounds perfect.

  13. Hello! I'm Kassandra and I featured this here at my blog Coffee and their Kisses. Please come by and grab a button for your blog :o)

  14. I also snagged your little bit about the no reply commenter, I hope that's okay. Nothing drives me more crazy than that lol.

  15. Thanks so much for linking up.

  16. Just wanted to let you know that I featured your yummy chai! :) Thanks for linking up!


  17. Hi, I just wanted to thank you for visiting Cast Party Wednesday and I hope you join me again tomorrow and share more of your great recipes!
    I hope to see you tomorrow!

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  19. This is perfect. I had just been looking for a liquid chai mix that I could add to tea, because all the dry mixes I could find included non-dairy powdered creamer which I'm trying to avoid. I had been thinking of using evaporated milk with the spices though since I prefer to add the sugar separately, only I couldn't figure out how much of the ingredients to add. You wouldn't happen to have tried using evaporated milk instead, would you?