Chocolate Chai Ice Cream is a delicious treat that you can make at home. It’s perfect for when the weather starts to heat up and you want something cold, but not too sweet. In this guide, I will show you how to make it!
-You’ll need an ice cream maker for this recipe – don’t worry if yours has been sitting in storage since last summer because there are two ways we can get around that 🙂 The first option is using your blender which should work just fine as long as its blades aren’t dull or broken (we recommend checking on them before hand). Just add all of the ingredients except for rock salt into your blender container and let it cool down completely–this may take 30 minutes or more depending on the size of your blender. Once it’s completely chilled, pour in about a tablespoon of rock salt and blend until the ice cream is thick and creamy! The second option is to use your freezer with an airtight lid – but this will take longer because you’ll need to freeze each layer before adding another one so plan accordingly. For both methods, I recommend starting off by freezing every other inch then doubling back halfway through — that way any mixture near the edges won’t get too hard from lack of room while its doing its thing.
-You can also add ingredients like marshmallows (we love these vegan ones), chocolate chips/chunks, peanut butter cups, nuts, seeds–whatever sounds good! Experiment with your favorite flavor combinations and enjoy!
Question: What’s the best time of year to make Chocolate Chai Ice Cream?
Answer: Obviously, winter is a great season for trying out this recipe. But it can easily be made in any season if you’re craving something cold and sweet!
-The ingredients are milk, sugar syrup, chocolate ice cream, cardamom pods, chopped crystallized ginger and spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. You’ll need an ice cream maker (or really strong freezer) to get those chilled enough before churning them together with all the other ingredients into that smooth frozen treat.
*Chocolate sauce would also go nicely on top as well*, so don’t forget about adding some too!
*You may want to cut back on the cardamom pods if you’re using a store-bought ice cream and are not sure how strong the flavor is.
*The best way to add spice would be adding cinnamon or nutmeg for those who don’t like cardamom.*
Question: What if you’re missing one of the ingredients?
Answer: It’s totally fine. If you can’t find a specific ingredient, use the next best one. Below you’ll find a list of some substitutes for the chai spices:
cinnamon (stick) = ground cinnamon
cloves (ground fresh or whole dried) = allspice berries, ginger root, cardamom pods, black pepper corns
mint leaves = vanilla extract and/or spearmint leaves. Kaffir lime leaf is also an option but it might not be available at a regular grocery store. You can substitute with lemon zest if you don’t have any limes on hand. All of these will work to infuse that Chai flavor in your ice cream!
To make this recipe dairy-free replace half & half with soy milk or coconut milk. For vegan options use almond milk and silken tofu instead of eggs.
What about flavors?
Chocolate Chai Ice Cream is one of the most popular flavors for ice cream in recent years, which has made it an ever-present flavor at grocery stores. It’s a delicious blend of dark chocolate and exotic spices like ginger and cardamom that will delight your taste buds with every scoop! I have never tried this flavor before but am dying to replicate it after seeing recipes on Pinterest. Making Chocolate Chai Ice Cream would be so easy using store-bought ingredients – just add milk (or heavy cream) sugar, vanilla extract, cayenne pepper flakes and cinnamon sticks to make a simple chai tea concentrate then chill until ready to use. Then mix together egg yolks or whole eggs* along with cocoa powder, cornstarch and a pinch of salt. Add your chai tea concentrate to the mixture followed by heavy cream or whole milk (depending on preference) before pouring it into an ice cream maker for churning until frozen. It’s best served with toppings like almond slices, crushed walnuts, chocolate sauce or whipped cream!