Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Chai Tea Latte Round Up

I have been a chai tea latte lover since my early college days. As a freshmen, I used to get my weekly iced soy chai with a friend on the way to our orientation course. The taste always reminded me of Christmas and the holiday season. Post college, I began to investigate the increasing number of options at Trader Joe's. I have come up with third mixes that I highly recommend you try out! 

Trader Joe's Salted Caramel Chai Tea Latte Mix

My favorite is the Salted Caramel mix. I think most people will find this delightful. I have to say that it can be sickeningly sick if you follow the directions on the container. I make mine with 10-12 fluid ounces of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. The almond milk gives the beverage a distinct creaminess that obviously does not happen with water. The mix itself is essentially sugar so I recommend using 1/2-2/3 scoop, as opposed to 1 scoop. Each scoop is 3 Tablespoons, so that is 1.5-2 Tablespoons. 

I heat my almond milk on the stove until it starts to bubble. Then I whisk in the chai tea latte mix. 

Pour your mixture into a mug and you have a dessert-like beverage. This is too sweet for me in the morning but makes a nice afternoon treat. 

My other favorite chai tea latte picks are the Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte Mix and the Trader Joe's Spicy Chai Tea Latte Mix. For the pumpkin spice, I recommend making it with milk (almond milk is my preference). I initially tried this with water and was disgusted with the results. As a pumpkin spice lover, I knew I would like this if I changed up the way I prepared it. The Spicy Chai is a great, more classic pick (in my opinion). I recently watched a YouTube video in which you combine almond milk, spicy chai tea latte mix, and chocolate hazelnut butter (aka Nutella). This sounds insanely amazing and I cannot wait to try it! 

Are you a chai tea latte fan? What is your favorite chai tea latte recipe?

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