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Product Review: Bondi Chai + Giveaway

“Ever since I started liking chai, the name Bondi Chai has been mentioned many times. Figuring it was only something limited to Sydney people, I moved on with my life. I should have just taken 2 seconds to look at their website to see that they are stocked nationwide! Bondi Chai is Australian’s only Gold...”

Recipes | September 1, 2010
Product Review: Bondi Chai + Giveaway

Product Review: Bondi Chai + Giveaway

Ever since I started liking chai, the name Bondi Chai has been mentioned many times. Figuring it was only something limited to Sydney people, I moved on with my life. I should have just taken 2 seconds to look at their website to see that they are stocked nationwide!

Bondi Chai is Australian’s only Gold Medal chai latte. It has won 4 gold medals (2 at both the 2008 and 2009 Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards).

It  is a genuinely all-Australian product: made in Australia; using virtually all Australian ingredients; to an Australian-developed recipe; by a 100% Australian-owned, privately held company.

Recently Martin offered to send me some to try out. He also provided me with a few recipes so I could see how versatile the chai is. Loving to drink chai, I’d never thought of cooking with it.

There are two flavours in the Bondi Chai range: Vanilla Honey as well as the Club Cinnamon. They are very easy to make, all you need is 2 teaspoons of the chai, and water or milk. You can even make it in the microwave! I used the steaming wand of our little coffee machine to make chai lattes of each flavour.

Is very smooth and easy to drink. With the lovely hint of honey some people have even likened the flavour to egg nog or “liquid donuts”. It is a more subtle chai than the Club Cinnamon, but I still really enjoyed it, despite my current cinnamon addiction. I really liked the creamy vanilla flavour and the soft bite of the honey. It would be perfect to drink just before bed.

Is closer to the “chai masala” flavour with stronger spices than the Vanilla Honey. The cinnamon is not overpowering, it’s just perfect for sitting back and relaxing on a rainy day (or sunny one!). This would go great with an apple tea cake or high tea, with all the trimmings.

I thought I’d prefer the cinnamon flavour, but to be honest, I can’t pick between the two which is my favourite, they are both so good. You don’t even need to add honey for extra sweetness, the blends are perfect on their own.

Bondi Chai is gluten free and halal certified. It is made with skim milk powder as well as whey powder (which are both dairy products). I made mine with soy milk, but you can also use rice milk or normal milk as well. The best part? It’s 99% fat free when you make it with skim milk, so you don’t have to feel bad about drinking such a great product!

Now to the cooking with chai! I tried out the apple and cinnamon tarts. Loving anything apple and cinnamon this was a no-brainer for me. I did cheat and use pre-made pastry tart shells, but it was so easy to make. The taste was just gorgeous, who knew you could make cinnamon chai custard? Hamsley even liked them, and he isn’t a chai person. We did top them with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream instead of cream. I think I’ll make more tonight with the leftover pastry shells, and enjoy a cuppa chai with them.

Warm Apple Tart set in Club Cinnamon Bondi Chai Custard
Makes 6-8 tartlets or one 22cm tart

Apple Tart
6-8 apple (Granny Smith variety), peeled, cored and quartered or sliced
2 sheets puff pastry
1 tablespoon of ground hazelnuts
1 tablespoon of sultanas
1 lemon, grated zest
2 table spoons of apricot jam, thinned down with a little water

150ml milk
100ml cream
20g flour
2 whole eggs
30g  Club Cinnamon Bondi Chai
50g sugar
Tip of a knife of salt

Serve it with:
100ml cream, whipped
Cinnamon sugar (1 part cinnamon to 2 part sugar)

1. To make the custard dissolve the Club Cinnamon Bondi Chai and flour into the milk, then add the eggs, sugar, salt and cream. Mix well.
2. Line the buttered tart mould(s) with the puff pastry and sprinkle the ground hazelnuts, sultanas and the grated lemon zest into the base(s).
3. Arrange the apple slices on top and cover with the custard.
4. Pre-heat oven to 180ºC and bake for 30 to 40 minutes until golden and crisp (best results are obtained by using oven with a good ”below” heat source).
5. Take out of the mould(s) and allow the tart(s) to cool down to room temperature.
6. Brush the apricot jam over the surface, cut tart into even wedges and garnish with whipped cream and dust with the cinnamon sugar.
7. Serve at room temperature (avoid refrigerating if possible).

Another simple recipe to try with your Bondi Chai:

Bondi Chai Ice-Cream
Dissolve 3 dessert spons (30g) of your favorite Bondi Chai flavour in a saucepan with a little warm water. Render down until the mixture becomes a thick syrup. Fold into your ice cream mix before freezing. For adults you can blend with Baileys or Kahlua.

More recipes can be found at:

Bondi Chai is sold around Australia (in cafes and discerning retailers) and in a number of countries overseas – including India itself! To find your local Bondi Chai stockist, head over to:

Already a fan of Bondi Chai? Become a fan on their facebook page!

Martin from Bondi Chai has kindly offered to send a couple of packs of the Vanilla Honey and Club Cinnamon chai, as well as one of their beautiful latte glasses. Martin will happily post to anywhere in Australia (sorry international readers). This prize is valued at $60!

So leave a comment below, but make sure you leave a contact email or link to your blog so we can contact you if you’ve won!

(Competition closes Thursday September 30 2010, winner drawn at random and announced on Friday October 1, 2010. Winners will be announced on Iron Chef Shellie and contacted privately to arrange delivery of this awesome prize.)

Iron Chef Shellie sampled Bondi Chai thanks to Martin Buggy from Bondi Chai.

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43 comments on “Product Review: Bondi Chai + Giveaway
  1. Kyla - September 1, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Shellie
    Yum – looks so nice, who knew you could make dessert with chai -I need to try one of those tarts asap!
    I’m buying some choc chips tomorrow so I can make the muffins in your last post :-)
    PS loving fresh new look of your blog

  2. Jackie - September 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Hi Shellie

    I’ve heard of Bondi Chai but never actually had it…looks good!

    And I second Kyla’s comment on the new look, I looooove the new header!

  3. Jackie - September 1, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Looks so good. I can’t have lattes as I’m lactose intolerant & don’t like the taste of coffee with soy. But I LOVE chai with soy. It adds to the flavour. Very excited to hear that I can make it at home now with Bondi Chai!!!!

  4. Kiran - September 1, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Arrr Serrryyy Darling. Both the chai and apple tarts look amazingly delicious. As you said, it would make it almost impossible to choose a preference between the chais. The tart looks like a mini apple strudel minus the filo pastry. Hope you attempt to make the chai ice cream someday. :) Congratulations of your website. I loves it!:) xxx

  5. penny aka jeroxie - September 1, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Chai! Love it… love to add all this to my ever growing tea collection. Please and thank you!

  6. Lianne - September 1, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Bondi Chai! it’s sooo good! I had a chance to taste it at the food and wine festival last year! Love the vanilla honey and so easy to make! Awesome awesome giveaway! thanks to everyone involved in it!

  7. Celeste @ Berrytravels - September 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I adore bondi chai. Having had the good fortune to come across and sample their chais at the previous Royal Melbourne show, I am now a loyal fan of Bondi Chai!

    But I never say no to more! So gimme gimme please! =)

  8. Sally - September 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Mmmm that sure looks good. Would love to try some.

  9. Sara @ Belly Rumbles - September 2, 2010 at 12:09 am

    club cinnamon, oh yeah, way too good

  10. Anne-Marie - September 2, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Oh yes!!
    This is fabulous!!
    and your recipes are just divine – will try them soon!!
    pick me!! ;))))))))

  11. Alicia - September 2, 2010 at 9:37 am

    This looks fantastic! I’ve been missing my daily chai that I became used to in India. This could possibly be the thing I have been looking for

  12. Hannah - September 2, 2010 at 10:42 am

    You had me at cinnamon chai custard! Sounds so divine and silky and sweet :)

  13. Belinda - September 2, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Wow, I would love to try this chai, as i dont drink coffee and the chai that I have you need to let it rest for 10 minutes, and who can be bothered waiting that long, Also my new office doesn’t have a coffee machine so i cant heat the milk up with it! This would totally solve my problem!

    Those apple tarts look amazing!

    Shellie are you able to find out if they will be at the Royal melbourne show this year?

  14. TJ - September 2, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I can’t wait to try them with my Chai cupcakes!

  15. hollypop - September 2, 2010 at 11:03 am

    i’ve never ever heard of this chai. and i love me some chai!
    i’ll have to check it out.
    though i try to stay away from sweet delicious habit forming fluffy drinks. try.

  16. Thanh - September 2, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Looks nice. Hope I win.

  17. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed - September 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    oh yum! I have only recently discovered the joys of chai. Sounds delicious! Just what I feel like right now for he perfect afternoon pick me up :)
    p.s. love the use of it in the custard – very clever!
    Heidi xo

  18. caroline - September 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    oh chai, how i love thee.
    would love to try some bondi chai

  19. Eirene - September 2, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    I just wanted to drop by and say that I love the new look for your blog! I love cherry blossoms. Is WordPress being nice to you?

    How coincidential that you posted my favourite hot drink up- I’m not a coffee drinker AT ALL (strange for a Melbourian, no?) and chai is usually my choice- along with herbal tea.

  20. Conor @ HoldtheBeef - September 2, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Boozy chai ice cream sounds damn good. It’s just such a good base flavour.

  21. Leah - September 3, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Yum! Are they at Bondi? I will go check them out this weekend. Delicious.

  22. Marjorie - September 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Never tried chai before but now i want to after this post!

  23. My Restaurants Melbourne - September 4, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    its amazing what recipes you can do with chai, i’ve done chai cupcakes before, and they turned out nice. these recipe look great.

  24. Sophie - September 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    I’ve seen Bondi Chai at a cafe in Wollongong, Im not sure if the cafe actually sells the bags of chai, or thats the chai they use – if it is the chai they use, I LOVE it!!!
    Now that I now know more about Bondi Chai, Im hoping the cafe sells the bags, and I will definitely be getting a bag next time Im there.
    I love love love a good chai latte

  25. Tia - September 5, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Hi Shellie!

    loving the new look of the blog! I’m addicted to chai since I don’t drink coffee (a major anomaly for a melbournian) but I’m always on the go so usually don’t have the time to brew a proper one but bondi chai looks like a delicious shortcut! =)

  26. emmaline - September 5, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Holy smokes your blog looks fab!
    And I love love LOVE Bondi Chai! I first discovered it at the Sydney Food Festival last year but they’d sold out of the vanilla honey. We got to try a sample and I loved it so much that I bought a kilo of it off the net and finished it pretty quickly. Amazingly good huh? I have had the cinnamon too but I like the vanilla honey more.

  27. Melissa Brown - September 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks for the great recipe ideas-I was getting very short of inspirational ways of using it.

  28. Fiona - September 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Base ingredients sound like they’re stoo milky for me, but I know plenty of people who would love it

  29. Min - September 13, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Whoa…. am a HUGE fan of chai’s in general… usually make my own mix, but this would be tons more convenient!!! Can’t wait to make chai cookies ( perhaps a chai inspired shortbread sandwiched with chai buttercream?)… or chai BLONDIES. have only used it to make cupcakes and ice cream and smoothies before….

  30. Jia - September 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    the first time I tried chai latte was last year during winter when i awfully needed something warm and comforting to drink, and boy, I fell in love!

    I haven’t tried making chai latte myself though, so I must say my wallet has been feeling rather poor lately from the regular chai latte indulgence at various cafes…

  31. Ming - September 26, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I love (3x) Chai latte but never really try making it at home before. I recently returned from visiting my parents in KL and was raving about how good Chai latte are. Would love to prepare a cup of chai latte for them when they visit end of this year.

  32. Cindy C - September 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Wow..what a great way to enjoy Chai latte at home..with different types of ways and recipes to enjoy it. Would definitely try this out in the soon.

  33. Aaron L - September 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    A great review about chai latte. Tried it once in a restaurant. But this is a great way to enjoy it Home Sweet Home way.

  34. Alex - September 28, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Me Me me.. i love chai- anything.. love to try more recipe with this.

  35. Beryl Parker - September 29, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Mmm I love Bondi Vanilla Honey chai, that’s my best flavour. I have it nearly every day. I am part of a party plan that retails it and I am just so spoilt that it gets delivered to my door. If there’s anyone who wants to have it delivered too, go to the website

  36. Emma - September 30, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Love love love chai lattes! Would love to be able to make them at home :)

  37. Anita - September 30, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Mmmmm I love chai! and living in Bondi I really should be drinking Bondi chai. I didnt realise you could use it in cooking. What a great idea!

  38. Chibi - August 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I drink Chai not just for a taste… Chai makes my body very warm. I used to have a trouble with my cold legs and feet even in summer time, but I don’t have the trouble any more since I have started drinking Chai!!!

  39. Dionne Love - April 30, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    ooooh yum! I have only started drinking chai recently as years ago I had it and hated it .. then my sisterinlaw had me try bondi chai cinnamon and omg I am hooked its sooo smooth and flavoured with just the right amount of spice… the apple pie looks sooo good I was only thinking yesterday that icecream with chai would be amazing! .. think I might have to try the custard too :-)

  40. Fleur O - July 23, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Big fan of Bondi Chai, but never thought of using their product to cook with. I love both flavours equally and can’t wait to starting trying out the recipes you’ve provided.

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