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Trader Joe's: Spicy Chai Tea Latte Mix
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10 Oz Canister (284 g)     [$6.88]
Case of 6 Canisters, 10 Oz / Can (3.75 lbs)     [$39.88]

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Dry Mix
Chai

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Kosher
Certified

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Trader Joe's Spicy Chai Latte

A delicious unique blend of indian spices and chai flavors. A combination of honey, vanilla, and black tea, heightened by a mélange of spices like cinnamon, anise, clove, cardamom, and ginger. Created by Trader Joe's. Watch for seasonal favorites such as Pumpkin and Salty Carmel this fall!

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Attributes: Kosher Dairy Certified, No Preservatives, No Artificial Colors-Flavors
Format: Dry Chai Mix
Brand: Trader Joe's

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HOW TO PREPARE CHAI

Photo Of How To Prepare ChaiAdd 3 Tablespoons of mix to 6 ounces of milk, milk substitute, or water.
SERVE COLD

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Pour over ice. Stir and enjoy!
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Ingredients
  • Sugar, Nonfat Milk, Nondairy creamer(Coconut Oil, Maltodextrin[Corn], Sodium Caseinate, Mono and Diglycerides), Tea Powder Blend (Black Tea, Darjeeling), Honey Granules (Sucrose, Honey), Spice Blend (Cinnamon, Clove, Cardamon, Anise, Ginger), Silicon Dioxide (Anticaking Agent), Natural Flavors, Carrageenan and Guar Gum, Bouborn Vanilla Extract.

Average Rating: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3 Write a review »

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Well Balanced Easy Chai Mix September 17, 2015
Reviewer: Troy the Chai-Direct Chai Tasting Guy  
The nice thing about this chai mix is that it has nonfat dry milk solids and non-dairy creamer, whereas other similar brands of chai tend to have only the non- dairy creamer. That gives a distinct "thinness" in the taste, that, in this reviewer's opinion is only really resolved favorably by adding a splash of milk or cream. But in this case, the milk solids in this one result in an easy mix with just water (is dissolves easily and quickly) and it actually gives the full creaminess of milk--the way chai is supposed to taste!

It is a fairly sweet chai mix, but not overly so. The chai spices are balanced with the sweetness, as is the creaminess, so Trader Joe's Spicy Chai mix doesn't suffer from a "one dimensional taste" as do some flavors which feature a strong sweetness alone, without enough of the counterbalancing flavors. All in all, this is a well balanced, easy chai mix. As I personally favor going a little light on the sweet side, I would be tempted to mix this chai a little lean. This one can handle it and still taste like Chai latte (since it's not short on either spices or on creaminess), and that offers the additional benefit of making a few extra cups!

Compare to Pacific Chai: Trader Joe's and Pacific are both free of artificial flavors (unlike Big Train) and that is a big plus. The presence of artificial flavor is something that has grown into a definite negative in this taster's opinion. At the beginning on my taste testing for Chai Direct, those chais with artificial flavor seemed to keep it quite well hidden. But after a lot of taste testing, perhaps my palate has become more discriminating. Now I can sense there is something amiss in those with artificial flavoring, but can't quite put my finger on it--as if the artificial flavoring is a hidden "unbalancing" taste, that is just a little too strong and "pointed" to be real. It may be fine for a sip or two, but by the second cup, it's just too much. So Trader Joe's (and Pacific) is nice in this regard.

The big difference between Trader Joe's and Pacific is that Trader Joe's has the nonfat milk solids in addition to non dairy creamer. As a result, Trader Joe's is a bit creamier and richer. Yay! But another result adding milk solids is that the instructions call for 3 TBSP of Trader Joe's to 6 oz water, while only 2 TBSP Pacific with 6 oz water. (The milk solids are actually the second ingredient in Trader Joe's, by weight, so obviously we are going to need more volume of mix per cup.) Therefore you are going to go through the Trader Joe's a little faster. Boo. But on the other hand, you definitely gain something on the side of ease of mix. Heat water, stir in mix and you're done. Yay! On the other hand, if you wanted to get that same creaminess with Pacific Chai, you could go to the extra step of adding a little milk. How hard is that? Not too hard if you don't mind cooling down your cup. Of course a little might be easy. But the more milk you add, the cooler it gets. Then of course you could always heat the milk with the water, but then you have the trouble of washing out the pan since heated milk tends to stick a little to the pan in spots and must be wiped out with a sponge or something. And that's just annoying!

Whew! This is getting complicated! Well, to simplify, if I had to choose between the two, sticking only to the instructions (without adding milk), Trader Joe's wins the head to head with Pacific chai. And both win over Big Train due to Big Train's artificial flavor additives.

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Thank you for making things easy!! September 17, 2015
Reviewer: Ann Pearce from Nashville, TN  
I'm looking forward to my case of my favorite tea. Thank you for making it easier to get!!

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Good prices and good quality. September 17, 2015
Reviewer: Kate Euser from Brighton, CO  
Thank you for your products. Good prices and good quality.

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