I love the idea of giving this as a homemade holiday gift. It's incredibly yummy, unique and inexpensive to put together. If you have a tea lover in your life they will love this!
However, after making this up and taking a
big little taste, I immediately decided this is not only for tea but would be the best ice cream syrup ever. Of course I had to experiment and immediately pulled out some old-fashioned vanilla. Wow, heaven in a bowl.
So either for tea or ice cream this is soooooooooo good.
Also, do not take my lead on wrapping here, this picture does not show how I am going to package this gift. If you are giving this to a tea lover, place a jar filled with concentrate in a beautiful teacup and saucer (purchase at Marshall's or Ross) and include some strong tea, such as Assam. Wrap in cellophane and include serving instructions. It will be adorable. If you are going to gift this as chai ice cream syrup, place concentrate in a cute ice cream bowl and tie an ice cream scoop to the outside of the cellophane. Again, very cute. For the bare minimum, cut a festive round circle out of fabric and tie on the top of the jar with some raffia and serving instructions.
I promise you everyone will love it.
In a medium-sized pouring vessel, such as a Pyrex measuring cup, add sweetened condensed milk, sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
Mix until combined.
Adapted from The Oregonian
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
In a medium-sized pouring vessel, such as a Pyrex measuring cup, add sweetened condensed milk, sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Mix until combined. Store in the refrigerator.
To use: Brew a cup of strong black tea, such as Assam, then add two heaping teaspoons of concentrate or more to taste. Stir well until concentrate has fully melted. Or, pour over vanilla ice cream, it's absolutely delicious. Keep refrigerated.
To give: Pour into small jars (I used half pint jars, all but about 2 Tablespoons did not fit in this size jar) with lids and package decoratively. Attach a tag with instructions to keep the mix refrigerated and how to use it.
To keep: Store in refrigerator for up to 6 months.
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