Sugar and Spice and all things Nice

In 2007 G Man and I visited the Good Food Show in Birmingham and had the chance to sample the new delights that British food companies had to offer. I tried cake and ice cream, cheese and sausages. But one of the wonders I tested was a Chai Tea Latte by a company called Drink Me Chai.

The company boasted that the product was made in England and use all natural and authentic spices to create a powder which when you add water gives you a yummy spiced latte. Having never tried one of these before I was delighted to find that Spiced Chai was right up my street. I went ahead and bought a couple of tubs.

6 years later and I’m still a convert, but I’ve lately I discovered that the same product, which you could now buy in a handful of supermarkets, was available in more flavours. The kind people at Drink Me Chai sent me a tub of the Vanilla flavour to sample and share my thoughts with you guys.

Now you all know I’m very particular about my teas. Only the best! Here’s what they say about their product:

So what exactly is Drink Me Chai? A lusciously sweet, exotic blend of spices, tea and skimmed milk, it’s a different kind of hot drink – based on the original ‘latte’ invented in India more than 5,000 years ago. And because it’s 99% caffeine free, with all the antioxidant benefits of tea, it’s got that extra little virtuous edge too.

All the flavours come in lovely bright tubs, which are easily resealable and last for a good couple of years (if you can keep it that long!). You put three heaped teaspoons into a cup and pour on hot water (or half water half hot milk for a creamier taste). What I like about this product is that the powder really does mix into the water well. You don’t get a scummy ball of powder at the bottom of your cup! The spiced flavour evokes cosy Christmas scents – warm spices and log fires. The vanilla option comes across almost buttery. It’s got a sweeter flavour and I find this goes down well on chilly spring days.

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The powder is gluten-free, suitable for vegetarians and only 91 calories per cup if you make it with all water. My favourite fact is that it’s 99% caffeine free – we don’t all want perking up when we have a hot drink – I love to have a vanilla chai just before bed! I also like that the skimmed milk is already in there – I often really fancy a cuppa and realise my milk’s gone off – never fear, Chai Latte is here!

But wait, there’s more! Here’s the really fun part – this doesn’t just make a great hot chai latte! You can also blend it with milk and ice and make an Iced Chai Latte frappe. I’m looking forward to trying this in the summer. AND (one I can’t wait to try) you can add the powder to buttercream icing and make spiced cupcake frosting! Let me know if you’ve tried either of these!

Now you all know I’m a sucker for good social networking and Drink Me Chai is up there with the best. They’re on twitter as @Drinkmechai and frequently host give aways of their full range. With use of their hashtag #drinkmechai you can share your favourite flavours and ways to use their powders.

Having only found the vanilla and spiced options in my local supermarket, I’m now on the hunt for the rest of the range! The whole range includes Green Tea, Spiced, Fair Trade Spiced, Vanilla, Peppermint, Chocolate and Mango. I can’t wait to try the peppermint and green tea flavours in particular.

So go on a hunt in the tea and coffee ailse of your local supermarket and give Drink Me Chai a go – you won’t regret it and soon you’ll be a convert like me!

Have you tried any of these flavours? What are they like? Have you experimented with the powders and made a yummy concoction? I’d love to know, and I’m sure Drink Me Chai would love to know too!

The lovely guys at Drink Me Chai sent me a sample for free so that I could tell all you guys about their wonderful product. I haven’t been paid to review this – I’ve just been asked to give an honest opinion, which this was. Now go drink some tea!

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