Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Latte – Heavenly

The gluttons at SI have had Lattes at so many places – the neighborhood Wawa Food Market, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and several smaller non-chain stores.

But never an invigorating delicious Latte like the one we prepared at home by mixing a scoop of Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Latte powder into a cup of boiling water.

Trader Joe's Spicy Chai Latte

When we spotted Spicy Chai Latte powder on Trader Joe’s shelves a couple of weeks back, we were initially hesitant.

You see, our past experience of Masala Chai from American grocery stores had mostly been dissatisfying.

Spicy Chai Latte – Packaging

Spicy Chai Latte powder is packed neatly with an aluminum foil cover and a tight plastic lid.

The box comes with a small plastic scoop and, of course, the Spicy Chai Latte powder.

Mixing Instructions

Mixing instructions are clear – one scoop or three teaspoons in 6 oz hot water.

Eager as we were to know if we’d gotten value for our money, we immediately boiled some water, poured it into a cup, threw one scoop of the Spicy Chai Latte powder into it and stirred vigorously with a spoon.

As we were stirring the powder, a divine aroma of Chai with Clove, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger flavors wafted above.

The aroma was so fine and compelling that we couldn’t resist pausing to have sip of the latte.

Trader Joe's Spicy Chai Latte in a Cup

Guys, to describe Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Latte as invigorating would be a gross understatement.

It’s sheer heaven.


Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Latte lists several ingredients including Black Tea Darjeeling, Cinnamon, Clove, Cardamom, Ginger, Anise, nonfat milk, nondairy creamer etc.

The best thing about Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Latte is the proportion of Black Tea Dajeeling and various spices. None of the spices – Cinnamon, Cardamom, Ginger, Anise, Clove – were overpowering.

All added in right proportion to give a perfect flavor and taste.

Another thing that found favor with us was the honey flavor we got while sipping it.  Sure, one of the ingredients specified on the box is honey granules.

Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Latte – SI Rating

Folks, Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Latte was so good that we had four cups in the first 24 hrs. But with each cup we adjusted the recipe to suit our taste buds and added another two OZs of water over the printed instructions on the box.

Overall we got about 10 cups of Chai Latte which worked out to about 30 cents per cup. Not a bad deal.

We regretted buying only one box of this delicious latte drink. Can’t wait to return to Trader Joe’s to pick up more boxes of this fine drink.

Update: We’ve fallen so much in love with Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Latte that we’ve returned there twice to pick up an additional five boxes in all. We’re currently running through the third container. strongly recommends Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Latte.

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2 Responses to "Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Latte – Heavenly"

  1. Naveen   February 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Hmmm… looks inviting! I must try it. Responds:

    One of those rare good Indian beverages at an American store.

    Looks like there’s one location not far from your place.

  2. tiramisu   February 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    We picked up the aforementioned beverage on a trip to TJ to buy some indispensable necessities of life – Vanilla Hemp drink, French truffle cheese, Organic mini heirloom Idaho potatoes and wild pacific sockeye !

    The Chai tastes good, did you notice the 170 cals and 30 fat cals per serving rating is rather on the high side.
    Not that we care – more of an observation…lol

    Also, helped ourselves to some $2.99 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot..courtesy of Charles Shaw wines.
    The wine label says – Cellared and Bottled in California, hope that doesn’t mean imported from china, stored and bottled under a LA overpass. Responds:

    The Chai latte is so good we picked up more the other day at a TJ in MD. Haven’t touched Starbucks Coffee in over two weeks!

    After exhausting several bottles of Spanish, Argentinian etc wine & different beer brands from TJ Princeton, we got ourselves a 1.5 Liter bottle of the Australian wine Jacob’s Creek (Shiraz, 2009) today from a local store for $8.99. Not bad if you like your wine in quantity. 😉 A little better than the $3.99-$4.99 TJ wines (Tempranillo etc).

    TJ Chianti is decent though (Chianti is apparently favored and mentioned by Dr.Lecter in one of the Hannibal movies but not the TJ version surely).

    BTW, cancelled Netflix Instant (but retained the DVD option)….signing up for Hulu Plus with the one-month free option. Let’s see what they have.

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