Learn how to make a hot chocolate tea recipe or chai latte with pantry-friendly ingredients in just 5-minutes. A quick & yummy tea with milk.
Updated with new photos on 6th, December 2021.
Chocolate! It has magic in it. Think of tea with chocolate and you will feel the excitement. Now, honestly, you'll love it when you want the caffeine in tea to relax and you are craving that mellow soothing flavor of hot chocolate.
Sometimes, hot chocolate milk is too heavy and full of calories, the chai tea version is a "win-win" bargain. I usually make it at night when I want to enjoy some 'Me Time' alone. My other favorite is Pink tea.
Although, you would tell me Mocha seems a better option for chocolate and caffeine combo. But the desi in me still loves the Chai over coffee as a hot drink.
Still, thinking what is chocolate tea? It is any variety of tea with chocolate is chocolate tea. If it is black tea with milk, you can call it chocolate chai tea as well.
When chai lovers are bored of having that same taste then they can go for this amazing beverage that will not only refresh their minds but will give a tranquilizing feeling that will wash away their tiredness in just one cup.
Ingredients and Substitutes
- Black Tea: Use your favorite black tea brand. Tea powder or teabags both will work. Use less tea powder for a lighter taste. Check best tea brands here at TheSpruceEats.
- Milk: Use full-fat milk for taste. You can also substitute milk with non-dairy milk like almond or cashew milk.
- Cocoa powder: Use raw cocoa powder for best taste because it is unprocessed and has real chocolate flavor.
- Sugar: I love brown sugar with chocolate for a deeper taste. But you can use any sweetener like castor sugar. maple or honey. The tea will be sweet from added chocolate so you need little sugar only.
- Chocolate: The quality of chocolate can really make difference here. For best results, you can use Lindt or Ghirardelli which will give a yummy chocolate taste. Find more info about cooking chocolates at Epicurious.
- Spices (if using): If you want to experiment a little then you can go for spices like cardamom or cinnamon.
I'm a fan of cardamom but I'd prefer plain hot chocolate tea over a spiced version. Spices seem to overpower the chocolate. So I suggest making chocolate chai recipe without any spices first. You can add spices towards the end and simmer for 1 minute extra. You might also like my ginger milk tea.
How to make?
Now, take this recipe as a guide, and feel free to adjust the milk, sweetness, and amount of chocolate that goes in. Like no one can tell how to make your best coffee. Similarly, no one's telling you how to make your best tea.
- Take a pot and add milk, water, cocoa powder, and brown sugar in a pot.
- Whisk all together until frothy.Bring it to boil. Just stay close do not let the milk over flow the pot.
- Add tea powder or tea bags and simmer for 5 minutes. (Protip: Use 1 teabag or 1 teaspoon tea if you like light black tea.)
- Add chocolate! It could be chocolate shavings or chocolate chips or chopped chocolate. ( If adding chocolate sauce, skip brwon sugar altogether.)(Protip: Quality choclate with 70% cocoa or dark choclate means indulgent chocolate taste.)
- Strain the tea powder or remove tea bags and serve.
- And you are done. You can serve it hot with cookies or biscuits and enjoy your chocolate chai latte outside in the backyard. Or get yourself warm and cozy snuggling the blanket. I'd like to enjoy choclate tea with my favourite TV show.
Dark Chocolate Tea: If you like a stronger chocolate taste use cocoa powder and dark chocolate.
Spicy Chocolate Tea: When I like some extra boost of flavors and relaxation after kids are in bed on a weekend night. I often add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder OR ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder at step 1 with cocoa powder.
This makes a spiced tea that is quite aromatic. So stick to the classic version if spices and subtle flavors are not your things.
Chocolate Syrup: This is a pantry-friendly recipe so if you run out of chocolate, chocolate syrup would work too. Add 4 tablespoons of chocolate syrup and skip the brown sugar.
Chocolate Iced Tea: You can chill the leftover in the fridge. Give it a stir! I'd like to blend with 2 cubes of ice to make it frothy and enjoy chilled iced chocolate milk tea.
Yes! The easiest way to make chocolate tea is to add a small cube of chocolate or 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup to your regular teacup.
Chocolate chai, just taste like ordinary tea with a background flavor of chocolate. Similarly, aromatic spices like cinnamon and cardamom help to soothe fatigue and light up the mood.
This tea can be stored in the fridge for 24 hours. You can enjoy it hot or cold as you like.
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Chocolate Tea (Chocolate Chai)
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup full fat milk, or other non dairy milk
- 2 teaspoon cocoa powder, preferably raw or good quality
- 2 teaspoon tea powder , or two teabags, less for light tea.
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar, to taste, (or any sweetener)
- 3 tablespoon bitter sweet chocolate, shaving, chips, or chopped
For Spicy Tea ( use any 1)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder, optional
- ½ teaspoon cardamom powder, optional
- Whisk water, milk, cocoa powder and sugar in a pot until combined. Then bring it to boil.
- Add tea powder or tea bags and boil for 5 minutes.
- Add chocolate and let it melt.
- Strain and serve hot.
For spiced chocolate tea
- Also add cinnamom powder and/or cadamom powder in the first step.
- Tea powder or teabags both will work. Use less tea powder for a lighter taste.
- You can also substitute milk with non-dairy milk like almond or cashew milk.
- Use raw cocoa powder for the best taste.
- This is a pantry-friendly recipe so if you run out of chocolate, chocolate syrup would work too. Add 4 tablespoons of chocolate syrup and skip the brown sugar.
- Iced chocolate tea: Chill the tea then blend with 2 cubes of ice to make it frothy. Enjoy.