I was going to make Chai mix, because I like it, and I wanted to know how to make it, and hey, if it’s easy and cheaper than buying it premade, and I get to screw around with flavor combinations, that’s great!

Little did I know doing so would consume way more of my food budget for the week than I was prepared for. I found a recipe I liked here.  Scroll down; it’s in the comments.

Mystic Chai Tea Mix Recipe
Post By Susan (Guest Post) (01/07/2005)
Instant Chai Tea Mix
1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 cup French vanilla flavored
powdered non-dairy creamer
2 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Directions
1 In a large bowl, combine milk powder, non-dairy creamer, vanilla flavored creamer, sugar and instant tea. Stir in ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. In a blender or food processor, blend 1 cup at a time, until mixture is the consistency of fine powder.
2 To serve: Stir 2 heaping tablespoons Chai tea mixture into a mug of hot water.

I had everything but dry milk, non-dairy creamer, vanilla-flavored non-dairy creamer, and instant tea.

Nonfat dry milk powder:  $10.99
Powdered non-dairy creamer: $2.79
Vanilla-flavored powdered non-dairy creamer: $2.79
Instant tea: $2.40

Generic prices given where available.

Almost $20 to make chai mix.

And most of it non-dairy creamer.

Right. Screw it.

I bought a box of Stash double-spice Chai.  90% whole milk, 10% cream, and 1 t honey, nuked until very hot.  Added teabag.  When I pulled the teabag out, it took the skin with it.  Not as spicy as I’d like; I’ll have to try more patience next time.  I wish I could keep patience in my spice rack, but it goes bad too fast.

More calories, but they’re real ones.  More money, but I should be getting more real dairy anyway.