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Chai Ice Cream Recipe

If you love spicy chai tea, you will love this Chai Ice Cream Recipe that is perfect for any time of the year. It’s a delicious combination of cream, milk, and tempered eggs, along with warm spices like cinnamon, ground ginger, star anise, and cloves. With just 20 minutes of active time, the hardest part is waiting for it to chill. 

Chia latte ice cream

Homemade Chai Ice Cream


Chai is a spicy and fragrant tea often enjoyed with cream or steamed milk. It is more appropriately called masala chai, which implies a tea with spices.

The trademark flavor of chai is a combination of warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, star anise, and clove. Even though the intensity and flavors vary, they all have that spicy signature astringency.

Now think of this chai ice cream as a cross between your favorite chai drink and rich vanilla ice cream.

It boasts that same signature spicy flavor, but you serve scoops in a bowl. What could be better?

This chai spice ice cream has warming spices that are appropriate in the fall and winter but being that it’s ice cream, it also makes a great summer dessert.

Indeed, this homemade chai ice cream is great any time of the year. You can make it in the comfort of your home whenever a sweet tooth craving strikes.

Masala chai ice cream recipe

How to Make Chai Ice Cream

Gather 4 main ingredients, plus spices, and you’re halfway to making a chai flavored ice cream in just 20 minutes of hands-on time!

You’ll start with gently simmering the milk and cream along with the chai spices, followed by tempering the eggs and finally chilling this delicious dessert, thereby giving all the flavors a chance to meld together.

Vanilla chai ice cream

Ingredients

  • Heavy cream – this is the base of the ice cream
  • Milk – thins the texture, so it isn’t too rich
  • Ground cinnamon – this, with the following 3 ingredients, are classic chai spices.
  • Ginger powder
  • Star anise powder
  • Clove powder
  • Vanilla extract – just a splash for vanilla flavor
  • Salt – this is important to enhance all the flavors, so don’t be tempted to skip the salt.
  • Egg yolks – whisked egg yolks with the sugar will then be tempered with the hot creamy mixture to create a custard-like consistency.
  • White granulated sugar
Chai tea latte ice cream

Step-By-Step Directions

Follow these simple directions, and you’ll have a batch of rich and delicious chai ice cream in no time. 

There are only 20 minutes of active, hands-on time, but the chilling time takes several hours. 

Step one: Simmer milk

Combine the cream and milk in a small pot and add the chai spices (ground cinnamon, ginger powder, star anise powder, and clove powder), vanilla extract, and salt. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat. 

Step two: Temper egg yolks

Mix egg yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl and stir until it turns pale yellow. Slowly add one-third of the hot cream mixture into the eggs and sugar while whisking continuously. It’s important that you add the cream slowly, so the eggs don’t scramble as you add heat. By tempering the eggs, we are forming that thick creamy texture.

Then, return the pot to medium-low heat and whisk the yolk mixture back into the pot with the cream.

Step three: Cook custard

Continue stirring frequently and cook gently, about 5-7 minutes, until a custard forms. An instant-read thermometer will read 170 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll know it’s thick enough when the mixture coats the back of your spoon, and a clean line remains in the custard after swiping a finger across the top.

Step four: Strain custard

Strain the hot custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Let it cool to room temperature before covering it with plastic wrap and setting it in the freezer to chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.

While waiting for the custard to cool, this would be a great time to clean up. Then, return to the custard and proceed with the next step. 

Step five: Freeze ice cream

Finally, transfer it to an ice cream maker and freeze it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Chai ice cream recipe easy

Chia Ice Cream Nutrition

This homemade Chai Ice Cream recipe makes about 1 quart. There are 8  (½ cup)  servings. 

Each serving contains 

  • 333 calories
  • 5 g protein
  • 25 g fat
  • 23 g total carbs

Please note that the nutritional value will change if you substitute ingredients. Use a nutrition app like My Fitness Pal to recalculate and reflect your changes.

Masala chai ice cream

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Yield: 8 (½-cup portions); 1 quart

Chai Tea Ice Cream Recipe

how to make chia tea ice cream
If you love spicy chai tea, you will love this Chai Ice Cream Recipe that is perfect for any time of the year. It’s a delicious combination of cream, milk, and tempered eggs, along with warm spices like cinnamon, ground ginger, star anise, and cloves. With just 20 minutes of active time, the hardest part is waiting for it to chill. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes

Instructions

  1. Combine the cream and milk in a small pot and add the chai spices, vanilla extract, and salt. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat.
  2. Mix egg yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl, and continue stirring until it turns pale yellow. Slowly add one-third of the hot cream mixture into the eggs and sugar while whisking continuously. Then, return the pot to medium-low heat and whisk the yolk mixture back into the pot with the cream.
  3. Continue stirring frequently and cook gently, for about 5-7 minutes, until a custard forms. An instant-read thermometer will read 170 degrees F. Otherwise, you’ll know it's thick enough when the mixture coats the back of your spoon and a clean line remains in the custard after swiping a finger across the top.
  4. Strain hot custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Let it cool to room temperature before covering it with plastic wrap and setting it in the freezer to chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Finally, transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Notes

I share more important notes and tips in the post above for creating the perfect texture. Please read the whole post before making the recipe!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 333Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 208mgSodium: 182mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 22gProtein: 5g

Tristin

Sunday 29th of January 2023

I LOVE chai, this ice cream was made for me! Such warm flavors with all of the spices. No one should be waiting for summer to eat ice cream!

Jessica Haggard

Monday 30th of January 2023

Totally. Agree. :)

amy liu dong

Sunday 29th of January 2023

Never tried to taste this kind of ice cream flavor, but it looks delicious and looks so easy to make.

Elaine

Friday 27th of January 2023

This is exactly the ice cream I love to make in summer. Definitely a keeper for me ;-)

Jessica Haggard

Monday 30th of January 2023

Thanks Elaine! Remember to bookmark the page to come back when the weather is warm again!

Pam

Tuesday 24th of January 2023

My daughter loves chai tea, so I made this for her and I am now Mother of the Year with her! She loved it!

Jessica Haggard

Monday 30th of January 2023

High five!!

Sean

Tuesday 24th of January 2023

I love this ice cream so much I will eat it midwinter this was that good!

Jessica Haggard

Monday 30th of January 2023

Thanks Sean, something about the warm spices makes it a good "winter" ice cream :)

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