Chai chocolate: What is it and how to make it

by | Mar 26, 2024 | Chocolate Information

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We’re all familiar with the magic that happens when chocolate meets spice. It’s a perfect blend of sweetness, saltiness, and warmth that tantalizes the taste buds. But have you ever experienced the delightful harmony of chai chocolate? Join us as we get into the world of chai chocolate, discovering its unique flavors and learning how to infuse your own homemade chocolate with aromatic chai spices. Get ready to spice up your chocolate game like never before!

What is chai chocolate?

Chai chocolate is a delicious mix of smooth, creamy chocolate infused with the cozy spices usually found in chai tea. These spices, like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and black pepper, add a special flavor to the chocolate. You can enjoy chai chocolate in many ways, such as in chocolate bars, truffles, hot cocoa, or baked goods like cookies and cakes. It’s a comforting and indulgent treat with a subtle spice kick, perfect for warming up on a cold day.

The origins of chai chocolate

Chai chocolate has its roots in the culinary heritage of India, where chai tea has been a favorite for generations. Chai tea is a spiced drink made with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and black pepper (and sometimes milk), and it’s cherished in Indian culture as a comforting and calming beverage.

The concept of blending chai spices with chocolate likely developed organically as individuals looked to incorporate their beloved flavors into diverse culinary innovations. This merging of creamy chocolate with the aromatic spices of chai tea creates a distinct and pleasurable flavor journey, appealing to both chocolate aficionados and chai lovers.

Although it’s hard to know exactly where chai chocolate first began, its popularity has extended well beyond its Indian origins. Nowadays, you can find chai chocolate in many locations worldwide, from specialty chocolate stores to homemade recipes shared on the Internet. People love it for its cozy taste, making it a favorite treat for many.

Key ingredients in chai chocolate

  • Chocolate: Good quality chocolate, either dark, milk, or white.
  • Masala Chai Spices: A mix of spices (cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and black pepper). Pre-mixed chai spice can also be purchased.
  • Sweeteners: In some recipes, you might need to add sweeteners like sugar, honey, or maple syrup to even out the flavors and sweetness of the chocolate and spices.
  • Extra Flavors: You can always add extra ingredients like vanilla, nutmeg, or orange zest, which will help enrich the flavor even more.

Creating your own chai chocolate bar at home

Making your own chai chocolate at home is simple and fun. Start with the basic ingredients, such as chocolate and chai spices and you are ready to go. 

Chai Chocolate Bar Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of chopped chocolate (dark, milk, or white)
  • 1/2  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Method:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the ground cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and black pepper to make the chai spice blend.
  2. Place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. You can use a double boiler or microwave 20-30-second intervals to melt the chocolate until smooth and fully melted. Make sure to temper the chocolate if you want it to look shiny and not melt in your hands when you eat it.  
  3. Once the chocolate is melted, mix in the chai spice blend. Stir thoroughly to make sure the spices are evenly spread throughout the chocolate. Coarse ground spices will also add texture to your chocolate. If you want a smoother texture, make sure all the spices are finely ground.
  4. Pour the spiced chocolate mixture into a chocolate mold or spread it onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to make chocolate bark.
  5. Put the mold or baking sheet in the fridge for 15-30 minutes, or until the chocolate is firm.
  6. After the chocolate has hardened, take it out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature.  The chocolate should separate itself from the mold, or if you spread it on a baking sheet, remove the parchment paper and break the chocolate into pieces.
  7. Store your chai chocolate in an airtight container at room temperature.

Chai Hot Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk ( dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1 chai tea bag or 1 tablespoon of chai tea mix
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite dark chocolate
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar or sweetener of your choice (adjust to taste)
  • Optional toppings: whipped cream, cinnamon, chocolate shavings

Method:

  1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat, being careful not to let it boil.
  2. Put the chai tea bag or chai tea mix into the warm milk and let it sit for around 5 minutes to soak up the flavors.
  3. Take out the tea bag or strain the tea mix from the milk using a fine sieve or strainer.
  4. Mix in the chocolate and sugar until they completely dissolve into the chai-flavored milk.
  5. Keep heating the mixture until it is hot and steaming.
  6. Once the chai hot chocolate is heated to your liking, pour it into a mug.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy your cozy chai hot chocolate!

Feel free to customize the sweetness and spiciness to your liking. You can also try adding flavors like vanilla extract or a sprinkle of nutmeg for bolder flavors.

Our goal is to encourage you to make homemade treats, giving you control over your recipes and promoting healthier, wiser eating habits. If you’re striving to eat healthier, opt for organic ingredients and craft your chocolate at home with CocoTerra. It’s the perfect opportunity to teach healthy eating habits in your family while enjoying fun homemade treats together.

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