Saturday, March 29, 2014

Vanilla Chai Hot Chocolate

Wonderful Indian spices mingle with chocolate and vanilla, in this delicious hot drink.

Hun... What's for Dinner?: Vanilla Chai Hot Chocolate- Wonderful Indian spices mingle with chocolate and vanilla, in this delicious hot drink.

Well, it's the end of March and we still have several feet of snow on the ground. Today is the first day in weeks, where we are having Spring like weather. I took this past week of cold temperatures, as an opportunity to make one more hot chocolate recipe. Hot chocolate is one of my favourite hot drinks. I don't care for coffee and sometimes I want something a bit sweeter than tea, so hot chocolate is my go to.

I also recently fell in love with Chai tea. I love the warm spices and sweetness in the tea. I've been drinking Dark Chocolate Chai tea this past winter and while shopping the other day, I found some Vanilla Chai tea on sale! After walking Mr.B to school on Tuesday morning and freezing my tushy off, I couldn't decide whether I wanted a cup of vanilla chai, or hot chocolate, to help me warm up. I decided to combine the two, into a wonderful and comforting cup of hot chocolate. Slightly sweet, with hints of vanilla, ginger, cardamom, star anise, cinnamon and cloves, this hot chocolate warmed me up all the way to my toes.

Hun... What's for Dinner?: Vanilla Chai Hot Chocolate- Wonderful Indian spices mingle with chocolate and vanilla, in this delicious hot drink.

Vanilla Chai Hot Chocolate
printable version

1/2 C boiling water
1 Vanilla Bean Chai tea bag (I used the Tetley brand)
1/2 C milk
2 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
1-2 Tbs honey (sweeten to taste)
a dollop of marshmallow fluff
pinch of cinnamon for garnish

Steep the tea bag in 1/2 C of hot water, for 3-5 minutes. While tea is steeping, combine the milk, cocoa powder and honey in a small sauce pot; heat over low heat until bubbled begin to form around the edges of the pot.

Whisk the milk mixture until cocoa is well incorporated. Pour in the steeped tea and whisk again to combine. Pour into a cup and top with marshmallow fluff. Sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon.

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Rattlebridge Farm said...

Your vanilla chai hot chocolate would be perfect on this rainy, end-of-March day. So glad you joined us at Foodie Friday--welcome!

Kimberlee Gibson said...

I really like chai tea - this sounds like an interesting combination. Pinning so I will have the recipe - plan to try it soon.

Diane Balch said...

Love the fusion of hot chocolate and chai... two great tastes that seem perfect together. Glad you brought this to foodie friday.

April Tuell said...

I've never tried Chai tea before, but this yummy drink is sure tempting me to change that soon! THANK YOU for sharing with us on the Friday Frenzy link up, and we hope you'll join us again this week!


Marsha Baker said...

I'm a chai lover also!! I've gotten several others 'hooked' on it too. This sounds fabulous. Think I'll make it today! =) Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. Sure appreciate the link back too. Please come back soon.

Marsha Baker said...

Happy Friday! I'm here to tell you this lovely recipe is my personal favorite at Weekend Potluck today! Please come on over and check it out. MMMM TASTY!! http://thebetterbaker.blogspot.com/2014/04/blueberry-oatmeal-caramel-coffee-cake.html

Valentina | The Baking Fairy said...

Happy Saturday! I just wanted to let you know your yummy recipe is one of my featured favorites from last week's Get Him Fed Party! You're welcome to come grab a featured badge and join the party again :) Congrats!

Sarah Olson said...

Hi Cindy! I chose this as a feature at my Sunday Dinner Link Party! I love it! Thanks for sharing.