It's true. Sorry to all you coffee lovers. But it means more for you, right?
My aversion for coffee kept me away from Starbucks for years!! That is until I tried their chai tea lattes...YUM!! I was hooked.
The only thing I wasn't so keen on being hooked on was the cost! Geez!! If I bought one every time I wanted one, I'd be flat broke! They are just that good!
So imagine my joy when I found that they sold the concentrate inside their coffee shops. At $5 I was willing to try my hand at making one at home. But the best part is that $5 is for the whole box of concentrate that makes around 8 drinks! Score!!!
After I was completely addicted, Starbucks stopped selling it in their stores. Do what???? How could they do that to me? Dang you Starbucks, got me again. Or DID they??
They are now sold in several grocery stores. I found my latest box at H-E-B here in Texas for $4. Before moving here, I was able to find it at WalMart I believe. But also for only $3 at the military commissaries on base, for all you military wives :)
Start off with the supplies: Tazo Organic Chai concentrate, milk of your choice, microwavable measuring cup, and your choice of flavoring syrup (optional, but OH so worth it!!).
I'm not sure how much beverage you get at Starbucks, but I normally make mine 1 cup. Using the measuring cup, fill to the 1/2 cup mark with concentrate.
Then fill to the 1 cup line with milk. Our house uses 2%, but you can use whatever milk or milk substitute that you prefer.
At this point, the only thing left is to heat. Again, there are several different ways to do this, but the easiest way is using the microwave!! AKA- the fastest route to my tummy!!
For 1 cup, I normally heat for a minute and a half.
For some people, you would be done now. Pour into your favorite mug, and enjoy. But I can't bring myself to stop there. Once you try a flavored you just might be hooked like I was.
My favorite flavor is caramel. It's found in the coffee aisle at the grocery store, and caramel can normally be found all year round. On my latest trip to purchase more, I found pumpkin pie flavored!! Having tried pumpkin at Starbucks, I had to give it a try!!
Now would be the time to add in your syrup and stir. Pumpkin pie is SO yummy!!
Disclaimer: you will be addicted to this drink. I can not be held responsible for any lost sleep over thinking about your next fix. And for less then half of the cost of going to Starbucks.
You're welcome! ;)