This is one of my all-time favorite beverages, and, fortunately, it’s also very easy to make. It’s rich, but not too rich (closer to a latte than a milkshake), and it’s a chocolaty pleasure to sip while studying, or, as winter approaches, to share with friends and shake off a gray afternoon.
I initially discovered this drink out of frustration with the lack of cacao products in my kitchen at home. I finally reached a point of such chocolate withdrawal that even honeyed tea mixed with cocoa powder seemed like an intelligent idea. After making myself that first (somewhat watery) concoction, I’ve refined the recipe considerably and now make it in my dorm on a weekly, if not daily, basis.
Though my personal preference is to use chai tea, you can make it with virtually any kind of tea—Earl Grey, English Breakfast, rooibos, etc. My only suggestion would be to avoid herbal teas with fruity flavors, which might add somewhat bitter or sour undertones to the chocolate.
Whatever your style, may your chocolate chai bring you warmth and merriment whenever you need it.
1. Boil water, and pour it into a mug. Steep the chai tea for 1-5 minutes, depending on desired strength. Remove and discard the teabag.
2. Stir in the hot chocolate, and mix thoroughly. Add several spoonfuls of the Hershey’s Cocoa Powder, and mix until beverage is suitably chocolaty. Add milk, and if the occasion demands, garnish with marshmallows. Enjoy!