Barbara from San Antonio
I have tried many chai latte recipes over the years and still like Starbucks better, so don't give up hope if at first you don't succeed. New recipes are circulated all the time.
What I make instead of Starbucks is low acid strong decaf coffee mixed with 2 or 3 diet flavorings from www.davincigourmet.com and soy milk.
The coffee is brewed with the Toddy System. Keeps in the fridge for weeks. Bought it at World Market. Also available at www.toddycafe.com (PS they also have low acid tea).
The DaVinci flavoring are also available at lo carb stores, Ross, Marshalls and TJ Maxx.
I haven't tried Chai Latte from Starbucks, but I'm an Independent Watkins Associate, and we carry Chai (a mix of green and black teas and spices), as well as Chai Latte that's made to mix up as you would hot chocolate (it's very good). I don't know if you've heard of the Watkins Company before or not, but it's known for its Double-Strength Vanilla, Cinnamon, Ground Pepper, Petro Carbo Salve, Menthol-Camphor Ointment, among other things. If you'd like a catalog, just send me an e-mail and I'll be glad to send you one.
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By Trudy Powell
Have you ever heard of Tastefully Simple they have a Oh My! Chai 10oz. can for $9.99 it makes about 8 serving just go to www.tastefullysimple.com you might find this to be cheaper . Jeanie Howard
Tastefully Simple consultant Fort Hood tx (01/20/2006)
By Jeanie Howard
In Canada we have a brand of tea called 'Tetley'. If it is available in the US, they have 2 ways to make chai. Chai tea bags are slowly simmered in 2% milk, or you can buy the concentrate in a 1 litre tetra pack.
I love the tea bag, as it is cheaper to use. I get as many as 3 cups from one bag... just let it steep and microwave the cooled down leftovers, if you have any. If this brand is not available to you, check the tea aisle for a different brand. You could also try a tea shop or Indian ethnic shop. (01/21/2006)
I have bought the Tastefully Simple brand-- don't. Although it tasted very good, for $10.00 you only get about half of a can due to settling- and the can isnt that big to begin with! A better deal is International Foods (the one that makes all the flavored instant coffee mixes). They sell a chai latte mix that is very good for about $3.99 (or less on sale) - just make it the way it says or I use half water and half milk to make it creamier. It's the best I've tasted other than from a coffee shop.
By Cindy S.
Here is a recipe for a mix you can make at home that I like better than any mix I have tried commercially. Please don't skip the cardamom; if you shop around a bit, you can find it reasonably, and it keeps well.
Chai Tea Mix:
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. In small batches, whir in blender until you have a fine powder. Remix the smaller batches.
Mix 2 heaping tablespoons with a cup of hot water (adjust to your own taste) and enjoy!
If you're looking for something with less calories, my daughter and I have found we really like the "India Spice" flavor of the Celestial Seasons chai tea (bags) with the sugar-free French Vanilla Coffee Mate. It comes with and without caffiene.
PS--we make the mix in very large batches, both for ourselves and for gifts! (01/23/2006)
Here is an easy recipe:
Heat 8 oz water. Steep 1 chai tea bag per instructions (approx 5 min). I like Tazo or The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf bags. While the tea is steeping, heat 1/4 cup milk (not too hot). Remove tea bag, add milk, and add 3 to 4 TBS of International Coffee French Vanilla non-dairy creamer (the liquid kind). Stir and enjoy. You don't get the nice froth on top, but it is a lot cheaper than Starbucks. (04/13/2006)
OK, you want a LATTE. This means you will need an espresso machine. I think Target sells one for $30 if you don't have one already. (If you like to go to starbucks, this investment will pay off in a little over a week). You also need a chai tea bag -- preferably black flavored tea -- and some espresso-ground coffee. If you drink this a lot you may want to keep a little container mixed with equal parts cardamom and cloves, and 2 parts cinnamon to every 1 part of that mixture.
Now, empty your chai tea bag into the bottom of the espresso screen and put your ground espresso beans on top of that. When it brews, the water will be pushed through the espresso and tea, so that the resulting brew will be distinctively chai tea flavored as it passes through the bottom of the cup.
Now mix the chai espresso with honey (to taste), the spice mixture, and any kind of milk you want (half n half, 2%, steamed milk, etc..).
This drink is also delicious iced. Just ice it after you dissolve the honey. Hope that helped! (06/14/2006)
I just made one ( sort of ) .I heated skim milk while I was steeping a chai tea bag (from Zehr's grocery store ).I beat the milk until it got frothy, then I poured some tea into a mug , poure the milk into the tea & beat it some more. Very frothy, which I like. (03/01/2007)
There is a Ginger Tea mix, in a foil packet, purchased in Asian stores that when added to a pot of black tea and milk, makes a very fine Chai Tea substitute for the dearly loved Chai Tea from Starbuck's....look for the Ginger Tea at the Asian Market, in a box just like a Lipton's package....Yummmy!!!! (06/19/2007)
I brew a normal pot of coffee and add about a teaspoon of cinnamon in with the grounds before I brew it, then add honey to the coffee in my cup. Add hot milk to coffee in equal proportions with a little vanilla and VOILA~
Tastes almost the same as Starbucks (10/01/2007)
I use the Oregon Chai Tea Latte concentrate ($3.99 at Trader Joes). It's a 32oz box. Mix it 50-50 with milk, microwave and it's good to go.
I also saw it for sale on their website: http://www.oregonchai.com/
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