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Spiced Chai Mix

One Christmas, my sister-in-law mixed up this drink for our family gathering. I asked for the recipe and have been enjoying it's warm, spicy flavor ever since. It tastes great with a warm blanket and a good book! —Dee Falk, Stromsburg, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    about 5 cups mix (26 servings)


  • 3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened instant tea
  • 3/4 cup vanilla powdered nondairy creamer
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Whipped cream


  • In a food processor, combine all dry ingredients; cover and process until powdery. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
  • To prepare 1 serving: Dissolve 3 tablespoons mix in 3/4 cup of boiling water; stir well. Dollop with whipped cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
3 tablespoons: 114 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.

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  • Jenisl
    Jan 18, 2014

    This is a great snowy day drink! I just used a little more nutmeg and cinnamon because I love those flavors a lot, but the recipe, as is, is DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing!

  • kims9ers2003
    Dec 6, 2013

    Used real lowfat milk and chai tea bags, really good

  • goroush12
    Dec 5, 2013

    Can you substitute something in place of sugar like stevia if so how much ?

  • Bluetwinkie
    Jan 19, 2013

    No comment left

  • polovick
    Oct 15, 2012

    Have been making it for years and love it!

  • rarelycook
    Jul 18, 2012

    This tasted pretty good, but the cardamom is a little pricey. The worst thing about this recipe is that the powdered milk would not dissolve. There was always a glob of it in the bottom of the cup even when I stirred it the entire time I was drinking. If they could improve powdered milk, I would love this recipe.

  • meyerdo
    Feb 19, 2012

    Love it!! For those of you asking about unsweetened instant tea - it took me awhile but I found it in one of my local Wal-Marts. I used it all up but think it was Nestea brand but could have been Lipton. Not all of my local Wal-Marts had it but keep looking. Hopefully you will find it. My husband uses the instant tea for making use Russian Tea and now I will use it for this Chai recipe.

  • oneherosmom
    Feb 18, 2012

    No comment left

  • teachems2002
    Dec 17, 2011

    can't find unsweetened instant tea--can anyone help?

  • sstetzel
    Dec 15, 2011

    I'm thinking you could leave the sugar out & use a sweetened mix. One without lemon. I was looking on-line to see if I could find a brand, but I'm not coming up with one.