Homemade spiced chai ice cream

You can make masala chai ice cream by infusing the milk for the custard base with your favourite spiced black tea or a mixture of looseleaf black tea and warm spices including cardamom, ginger, peppercorns, and cloves. Here’s a recipe for spiced chai ice cream to get you started with tea-infused ice cream!

  Masala chai ice cream frozen in a loaf pan and being scooped into little blue cups and served with wooden spoons

With the success of my lemon custard ice cream (so refreshing), I decided to try to make another ice cream. My next flavour: spiced chai or masala chai ice cream. I love spiced chai. The combination of sweet, warm, sometimes floral spices with milk is so soothing.

Ingredients for masala chai ice cream

Just a reminder that the word “chai” means tea, so saying chai tea is actually redundant. Did you know “chai” is the word for tea in many languages, including Arabic? The word “masala” is to indicate that the tea is spiced and made with a blend of spices, which vary, but often you will find cardamom, cloves, ginger, peppercorns, and/or fennel in most masala chai recipes.

Mixing the black tea-infused ice cream base with cream

For this spiced chai ice cream, I steeped the equivalent of two tea bags of spiced chai in the sweet milk. That’s roughly 2 to 3 tablespoons of tea. I used Smith Tea masala chai loose leaf tea. You can find their tea bags on Amazon. I also decided to add a little extra freshly ground cardamom because I’m a big fan of masala chai with lots of cardamom. If you can’t find masala chai loose leaf tea or bags, feel free to experiment with black tea and a mix of spices. 

Custard base for spiced chai ice cream

Infusing the custard base with black tea turned the ice cream to the colour of creamy milk tea, which is exactly what this ice cream tastes like. I have played around with the amount of sugar (between 125 mL and 190 mL or 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup) and also the ratio of cream to milk. In the end, I prefer the ice cream made with more sugar and  Don’t go below 125 mL (1/2 cup) of sugar for this ice cream recipe because there’s a risk the ice cream will freeze too hard or form larger ice crystals, which will ruin the texture. 

Freshly churned tea-infused ice cream in the freezer drum
If you aren’t a fan of masala chai, you might prefer using a different tea, like Earl Grey, for example. Just replace the loose leaf tea in this recipe with your favourite tea, preferably one you would serve with milk. Matcha tea powder would be another great option, though for that substitution, you would have to play around with the amount of powder since matcha powder is more potent than loose leaf tea (maybe start with 15 mL or 1 tablespoon for your first batch and see how that goes).
Scooping homemade black tea infused ice cream frozen in a loaf pan with a black handled ice cream scoop

Masala chai ice cream

Homemade masala chai ice cream is easy to make from a simple spiced black tea-infused custard base with this recipe.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword masala chai ice cream, spiced chai ice cream
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 389kcal
Author Janice


OXO whisk
Wood spoon
Ice cream maker


  • 310 mL ( cups) whipping cream (35 % fat) divided
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 150 grams (¾ cup) granulated sugar divided
  • 440 mL ( cups) whole milk (3.25 % fat)
  • 30 mL (3 tbsp) spiced chai tea leaves or 2–3 tea bags of spiced chai tea for masala chai
  • 20 cardamom pods shelled and ground with a mortar and pestle
  • 2.5 mL (½ tsp) fine kosher salt


  • Freeze the ice cream drum in the freezer for at least 24 hours before attempting to make ice cream.
  • Before you begin to cook the ice cream base, place 250 mL (1 cup) of the cold whipping cream in a 1 L (4 cup) measuring cup (or a big bowl preferably with a pouring spout). Set a strainer over top. Set aside
  • In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with half the sugar until the mixture is a very pale yellow and very light.
  • In a medium saucepan, whisk the rest of the sugar with the milk, the chai masala mix, the cardamom, the salt, and the rest of the cream. Heat the mixture until it is very hot and almost comes to a boil.
  • Pour the hot milk mixture over the whisked yolks to temper the eggs. Whisk continuously until the mixture is homogenous, then transfer it back to the saucepan.
  • Switch to a wooden spoon and, stirring constantly, heat the mixture on the stove over medium—low heat until the custard has thickened and has reached at least 83 ºC (181 ºF).
  • Pour the mixture through the strainer, squeezing the custard out of the zest.
  • Cover with plastic wrap, then refrigerate the spiced chai custard base for several hours to cool completely (overnight is best!).
  • Place the frozen drum on the ice cream maker, and churn the custard according to instructions. It can take over 15 minutes to churn the ice cream.
  • When the ice cream has reached the desired consistency. Turn off the machine, disassemble, and transfer the ice cream to a container. Place in freezer for a few hours to finish chilling.
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Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 241mg | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 1095IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 1mg


9 Responses to Homemade spiced chai ice cream

  1. ravienomnoms August 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    What an awesome flavor!

  2. Squeaky Gourmet August 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    what a lovely flavor–i want to try this! If they are reading and produce YOUR ice cream–you were first!!

    I will always miss their Wavy Gravy ice cream but my hips and belly are glad they stopped the insanity for me. 😀

  3. Claudia August 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    What a grand idea – spiced chai is a perfect flavoring for ice cream. Your delicious results attest to that.

  4. Lynn August 26, 2010 at 1:57 am #

    I love the pic of the ice cream churning. It makes me want to buy an ice cream maker even more.

  5. mysimplefood August 26, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    Nice! I need to try this flavour 🙂

  6. Subterfuge Diva August 27, 2010 at 1:15 am #

    This flavor in ice cream sounds great and intriguing! I think I’ve got to give this a try. I also need to get myself an ice-cream maker!

  7. Karen @ Citrus and Candy August 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    I’m gonna join in here and say as well… Ben and Jerry’s, bring back her ice cream! LOL.

    Wow, your ice cream really does look so smooth and creamy. I think I’m in love…

  8. The Mom Chef August 27, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    Steeping any flavor in the hot cream is so incredible. Talk about an infusion of goodness! Your photo is lovely, even if hastily taken so the ice cream can be eaten. Thanks for sharing.


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