Easy Chai Ice Cream

by Jennifer on June 21, 2013

in Ice Cream

Chai Ice Cream by www.notyourmommascookie.com

Tourist season is upon us in Williamsburg.

Every year, busloads of families descend on the Williamsburg area looking to get their history on.

Really, I have no problems with tourists. I must look like a pretty friendly local, as I am frequently asked to decipher Colonial Williamsburg maps. I also worked in an historical building during college, so my exposure to the seasonal shift was quite expansive. Though, I am partial to the term “touron,” a wonderful word that all the college students knew and used, which is a combination of tourist and moron.

The only real issue I have? It’s a doozy.

The driving. 

Williamsburg is not a well-planned city. The streets are downright weird. Combine this with millions of people unfamiliar with the area and it spells disaster for the locals.

The interstates aren’t immune either. It look me 30 minutes to go 2 miles yesterday. Just good, ‘ol congestion.

Can someone hit fast forward until October? Pretty please?

At least I have ice cream to cool me down!

I had chai ice cream in Asheville, and it was a dream. I couldn’t wait to give it a try on my own! This ice cream is super simple, no machine required, and the spice blend is REALLY nice. You can add a small amount of ground cloves if you desire, but I was concerned it would be too powerful in this dish.

Easy Chai Ice Cream
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, chilled
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon cardamom
  • ⅛ teaspoon allspice
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  1. In a medium bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the sweetened condensed milk, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, and nutmeg. Fold in the whipped cream until no white streaks remain.
  3. Place in a covered container and freeze overnight (or at least 6 hours).


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1 Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen June 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

Yup, my family is one of those Williamsburg Tourists. Except we don’t go during tourist season, so that makes us superior to normal tourists, right? This ice cream looks soo good! I’ve been meaning to make some easy ice cream, so I might just make this!


2 Jennifer June 21, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Totally superior! ;) I really don’t mind them so much, I just always forget how bad the traffic is during the summer!


3 The Partiologist June 21, 2013 at 11:17 am

What a great ice cream – I have a friend who would be sooo happy if I made her some! :)


4 Jennifer June 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Thanks, Kim! :)


5 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel June 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm

LURRRRRRVE chai. Like, super much. And chai ice cream, hello amazingness!!


6 Jennifer June 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Thanks, Hayley! :)


7 The Bearfoot Baker June 21, 2013 at 1:48 pm

It is good to know that if I ever decide to get my history on, you can tell me what the map says! LOL And then we can share a bowl of your ice cream!!


8 Jennifer June 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Haha, for sure, Lisa! I know my way around ;)


9 Laura Dembowski June 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Ice cream is so perfect for this time of year! I’ve never had chai anything but it sounds very interesting.


10 Jennifer June 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Oh, chai is SO good, Laura! You must give it a try someday :) I think that Starbucks chai has a bit of bite to it, but I like our coffee local place – their chai has a more subtle flavor…and it helps that it is sweeter too ;)


11 Mike @ Semi Sweet June 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm

I’m sure I looked like a “touron” on my first trip to NYC years ago. :) I love that word now and must remember it for future reference. Lovely ice cream! I bet the combo of cool and spice is quite refreshing. Have a wonderful weekend!


12 Jennifer June 21, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Oh, yeah, my husband and I called ourselves tourons in Ashevlle, especially when we were driving slow when we got lost ;) I embrace my “touron” status!


13 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Pathetic confession: I just discovered the flavor of chai over last winter. I thought it was something weird and exotic before trying the tea, now I’m absolutely in love! This ice cream is calling to me… It looks luscious!


14 Jennifer June 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I can’t do coffee, so I feel like it is my “grown up” drink :) My husband tried a real chai and did eventually like it after dumping tons of sugar in it! The spice blend is just so nice and yummy!


15 Radhika June 22, 2013 at 9:02 am

That sounds delicious! Condensed milk and cream- what’s not to love….and then to add cardamom and nutmeg! Heaven!


16 Jennifer June 22, 2013 at 9:31 am

Thanks, Radhika! :)


17 susie June 22, 2013 at 9:42 am

I do love those flavors. We think of them as dark, but really, they are refreshing!


18 Jennifer June 22, 2013 at 10:23 am

Thanks, Susie! :)


19 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me June 22, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Yummm. I recently made Vanilla Chai Cupcakes and I stinkin’ loved ‘em! Chai Ice Cream = right up my gosh darn alley!! lol. Can’t wait to try it :) Also, touron is awesome!


20 Jennifer June 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I love chai anything! :)


21 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 23, 2013 at 12:23 am

What a fun ice cream flavor! Can’t wait to try it for myself!


22 Jennifer June 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Thanks, Chung-Ah! :)


23 Reeni June 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Chai is one of my favorite things on earth! I love all those warm spices and bet they’re wonderful ice cream!


24 Jennifer June 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Thanks so much, Reeni! :)


25 Paula June 24, 2013 at 6:57 pm

I live on the outskirts of a town with a population of 6000. We are in the middle of cottage country and the traffic here increase a lot during the summer and weekends especially. We have learned never to hit the grocery stores on a Friday!

This ice cream looks refreshing and something I’d enjoy on my back deck while the non-locals are cruising through!


26 Jennifer June 27, 2013 at 9:09 am

Oh yes, we have to be careful of when we decide to mosey into town ;)


27 ashley - baker by nature June 26, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I LOVE chai tea flavored things, so I know this would be a total hit for me!!! I’m craving a scoop (or 5) like right now!!!


28 Jennifer June 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Thanks, Ashley! It is sooo good :)


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