Ho-Ho-Hoji-Chai Latte

A very lightly caffeinated latte, brimming with good cheer. This toasty blend of hojicha and traditional chai spices with a happy hint of chocolate, has all the fixins of a delightful holiday beverage.


  • 3 Ho-Ho-Hoji-Chai sachets
  • 5/8 oz. simple syrup
  • 2% milk for steaming
  • Brown sugar for coating surface of latte
  • Holiday tree stencil (can DIY this: cut out the shape of a tree using cardstock and tape back together)
  • Cocoa powder for dusting
  • Culinary torch
  • Spiced salt*


  1. Steep 3 bags of Ho-Ho-Hoji-Chai in latte cup for 5 minutes with water just after boiling.
  2. Add 5/8 oz. simple syrup.
  3. Top with 2% steamed milk (whole milk's richness can cause loss of flavor).
  4. Sprinkle the top with brown sugar – enough to fully coat the foam.
  5. Brûlée using a culinary torch.
  6. Using tree stencil, dust the top with cocoa powder.
  7. Sprinkle the tree with cardamom-clove spiced salt* and enjoy.

*To make the spiced salt:

  • 8 oz. mason jar
  • Jacobsen flake salt, enough to nearly fill the 8 oz. jar
  • 2 tbsp of cardamom
  • 1 tbsp of cloves

Heat the spices in the pan for 5 minutes or so to release the oils and then immediately toss them in the salt. Store spices and salt together in sealed mason jar.


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