Chai (rhymes with tie), the centuries old spiced milk-and-tea drink with roots throughout the mid-East, has maintained worldwide popularity -- in coffee shops, tea houses, and homes. This chocolate version is a taste variation from the original and makes enough to serve several guests.
Pour the boiling water over tea bags in a large saucepan. Cover and let stand 3 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Stir in sugar and cocoa powder. Cook and stir over medium heat just until mixture comes to boiling. Stir in milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg; heat through. Do not boil. Pour into cups. Top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream sprinkled with nutmeg. If desired, insert candy canes for stirrers. Makes 8 to 10 servings.