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Chai Spiced Cocoa~ a classic thick hot cocoa enriched with the warming spices of chai tea! This thick hot chocolate will warm you up on the coldest day!


serves 4

Total time

0 minutes




  • 5 cups whole milk
  • 4 tbsp dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp confectioner's sugar
  • 0.5 tsp cornstarch
  • 4 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in 2 pieces
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 0.5 tsp white peppercorns
  • 0.5 tsp whole allspice
  • 0.25 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 3 thin slices fresh ginger
  • a used vanilla bean


  1. Pour the milk into a saucepan and put over low heat.
  2. Mix the cocoa, sugar, and cornstarch with a little water to make a loose paste. Pour the paste into the milk and stir or whisk to combine.
  3. Add the whole spices and let the cocoa slowly heat until it just comes to a simmer. The longer you let it steep, the stronger the spice flavor will be.
  4. Strain into large mugs and serve with whipped cream. Garnish with a star anise if you like.