Chai Tea Ice Cream


My husband and I love chai tea and decided to try making chai tea ice cream. We used Indian black tea and masala spices, but decided to add some of our own spices to increase the intensity of the flavor.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 35 mins
2 1/2 quarts


  • 3 cups whole milk, or more to taste

  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream

  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

  • 4 tablespoons Indian-style plain black tea

  • 3 tablespoons garam masala (Indian spice blend)

  • 10 black peppercorns

  • 6 cardamom pods

  • 2 whole star anise pods

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup chopped semisweet chocolate (Optional)


  1. Mix whole milk, whipping cream, sugar, cinnamon sticks, tea, garam masala, peppercorns, cardamom pods, anise pods, and nutmeg together in a saucepan; bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Strain mixture through a colander into a large bowl. Add up to 1 cup more milk to cut spice level and sweetness to your liking.

  2. Pour milk mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  3. Stir chocolate into the churned milk mixture and freeze, stirring occasionally, until soft and creamy, 4 to 5 hours.

Cook's Notes:

India chai tea and masala spices are available at all Indian grocery stores, but you could use pre-made chai tea bags instead. When we use chai tea bags, we break open 3 to 4 bags and add the contents to the mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

523 Calories
29g Fat
66g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 523
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 18g 88%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 52mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 60g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 140mg 11%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 199mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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