Instant Chai Latte Mix

There's nothing cozier than a steaming cup of hot chai on a cold day. This Instant Chai Mix is a super easy, no-cook, no-bake, holiday gift. Simply mix the dry ingredients in a big bowl and funnel into jars.

Winter temperatures arrived early in my neck of the woods, so most evenings we've curled up in front of a fire with our favorite hot beverages. The usual is Earl Grey or hot cider, but this spiced chai has been a welcome departure. It's creamy and delicately spiced - convenient, too!

The most work you'll do for this recipe is procuring all the dry ingredients. If you're an avid baker, you may already have all of the spices on hand.

The base mix consists of powdered coffee creamers and unsweet instant tea. I was a little unsure about how this would taste at first, but was pleasantly surprised at how smooth and creamy it was in a mug of hot milk.

This recipe makes 8 cups of mix, which will yield four 16 oz. jars. Or you could make smaller gifts of eight 8 oz. jars. Tie the jars with festive Christmas ribbon (or pink ribbon, if you're a pink-for-Christmas person like me) and attach a tag with these instructions: Add 4 tablespoons of chai mix to 10 ounces hot milk.

When the mix is stirred into hot milk, a little layer of foam develops on top. It really is like having a steamed milk latte, without the work of steaming milk!

I found the smiling emoji mugs at Home Goods, and I think they'd make wonderful gifts alongside the mix. You can find similar mugs for purchase online, right here.

Instant Chai Latte Mix
Yields 8 cups
Adapted from Taste of Home

2 cups (43g) unsweet instant tea (such as Lipton)
2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups (277g) packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cups (one 8 oz. container) powdered vanilla nondairy creamer
1 1/4 cups (130g) powdered unsweet, unflavored, nondairy creamer
3/4 cup (120g) nonfat powdered milk
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 1/4 teaspoons ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix together well, making sure to break up any clumps of brown sugar (I found using my hands worked best). Turn mixture over several times using a large spatula to make sure all of the ingredients are well-incorporated.

Funnel mixture into four 16 ounce jars, or eight 8 ounce jars. Tie a tag onto each jar with these instructions: Add 4 tablespoons of chai mix to 10 ounces hot milk.

Store jars in a cool dry place. Mix will keep for 6 months.

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  1. What an adorable gift! I also must commend you on your photography (throughout your site). Beautiful job!

    1. I really appreciate the compliment! That means so much to me because I spend a lot of time trying to get good images. Sometimes I do okay.



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