If you are a fan of chai tea's spicy and warm flavors, then chai tea ice cream should be on your list of must-tries. We take the best elements of chai boba tea and freeze them, creating a delicious and unique ice cream flavor.
The name “chai” stems from the Hindi word for “tea.” However, when talking about chai tea (masala chai in Hindi), we are referring to a delicious mix of steeped spices that create a flavorful beverage. This recipe requires patience, but the result is flavorful and refreshing.Print
What Does Chai Tea Ice Cream Taste Like?
Chai has a sweet, spiced flavor, and paired with the milk and heavy whipping cream, it gives it a very creamy texture. The flavor is very similar to that of chai bubble milk tea. Some have compared it to pumpkin spice or even gingerbread.
The sugar makes it sweet, but the combination of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and peppercorn gives it a bit of a kick. It is an excellent combination that pairs perfectly with the creaminess of the milk and cream. The chai flavors are amazingly spicy, sweet, and altogether delectable.
How Many Calories Are in Chai Tea Ice Cream?
In one serving of chai tea ice cream, there are about 336 calories, give or take. Of course, if you add toppings (like honey tapioca pearls), you will also have to account for those calories.
A 1/4 cup of tapioca pearls will add approximately 136 calories. Popping boba, fresh fruit, chia, or ginger candy are a few lower-calorie options. However, toppings are completely optional.
Does Chai Tea Ice Cream Have Caffeine?
Yes, there is caffeine in chai tea ice cream, but not much. Depending on how long you steep it, there are between 25-110 mg of caffeine in one black tea bag. That being said, this recipe calls for 2 tea bags and makes 8 servings.
With 45 mg of caffeine per tea bag, there would only be about 11.25 mg per serving of chai ice cream. Of course, if you let your tea bags steep for longer, there may be more caffeine, though not enough to make much difference. Though similar in taste, there is much less caffeine in a serving of this ice cream than in a chai tea latte.
Which Toppings Are Best With Chai Ice Cream?
This delicious ice cream can be eaten plain, but adding toppings is a great way to shake things up.
Some of the best toppings for this ice cream recipe include:
- Tapioca pearls (honey or brown sugar are our favorites)
- Popping boba
- Fresh fruit
- Chocolate syrup
- Chocolate chips
- Dried fruit (orange slices are a favorite)
If you’re entertaining or serving a large batch of ice cream, these garnishes will make your homemade chai ice cream look elegant:
- Vanilla beans
- Cinnamon sticks
- Whole cloves
Where Can You Buy Chai Tea Ice Cream?
You can find MALAI Ice Cream Masala Chai at Whole Foods. Mr. Green Team and Haagan Daz make chai ice cream flavors that can be found at several grocery stores. Or, if you’d rather have the ice cream shop experience, you can visit Stone Ridge Creamery.