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Monday, November 18, 2013

Chocolate Chai Tea Latte (Starbucks Version)

My daughter and I indulged in a little Sunday shopping yesterday.  I love shopping with Eva, who is now 13 years old.  She has a keen eye for fashion, great taste and can spot a deal like no other.  When I pick out something that is clearly not acceptable I get a simple  I have never returned an item that was Eva approved – love that girl!

I also love my 16 year old son Jake who discovered this awesome drink at Starbucks.  He was passing some time while getting his oil changed and stopped into to get a drink.  When I heard about this Chocolate Chai Tea Latte I almost burst at the seams.  Chocolatey, spicy, creamy, caffeine, steaming hot goodness in a pretty holiday Starbucks cup?!  I was so excited to get this drink on my next visit.

Turns out shopping Sunday, was the perfect day to enjoy this holiday latte.  In San Diego, most of the shopping malls are outside (so lucky to live here) and although sunny, there was a chill in the air (that means 65 degrees F in San Diego speak).  So after the first two stores, it was time to refuel with a Chocolate Chai Tea Latte.  Although the line was significant, there was Christmas music on, coffee aromas swirling in the air and happy people anticipating warm, flavorful drinks.  Eva and I shared the latte with a little whipped cream and an extra dash of cinnamon.  It didn’t disappoint.

So of course today, I needed to replicate the Chocolate Chai Tea Latte at home.  I don’t have an espresso maker, so I use a microwave to heat the milk, which actually does a good job of foaming it.  I basically made chocolate chai syrup by adding hot water to chai tea bags and Hershey’s chocolate syrup.  Topped with a little whipped cream, I was instantly transported back to my special shopping trip with Eva.

Chocolate Chai Tea Latte (Starbucks Version)

Recipe by Liz Hughes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 mug
  • 3 chai tea bags
  • 2 tablespoons Hershey's chocolate syrup
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • whipped cream and cinnamon to taste
Cooking Directions
  1. Add boiling water to tea bags and chocolate syrup in a mug. Mix thoroughly, cover and let steep for 3-5 minutes.
  2. In another mug, heat milk in microwave on high until it begins to foam - approximately 2 minutes (keep watch so that milk doesn't boil over).
  3. Slowly poor chai chocolate syrup into milk (you can vary the amount of syrup you use according to taste). Top with whipped cream and a shake of cinnamon.
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  1. Oh. My. Goodness. This looks INCREDIBLE. Thank you for sharing! I love chai flavors so much, and like using the spices used in chai tea in almost anything. Plus, there's just nothing bad with some Hershey's chocolate in it:) Thanks for sharing!! Lovely photos<3

  2. I've never had a chocolate chai before (the Starbucks version or any version for that matter), but it sounds delicious! I'll have to try it!!

    1. The chocolate definitely makes it extra yummy! Thanks Laura.

  3. Sorry to be dense - but does this make one drink or two?? I love chai and I have my own boiling teapot with temps for different teas. AND who can't love Starbucks??

  4. I apologize. I reread your post and you did say 1 mug. I am totally embarrassed for jumping the gun but Starbucks and chai excite me :-)

    1. worries:) I was excited when I heard about this drink too! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Can't wait to try it tomorrow morning! I bought Tazo decaf chai tea bags today, and I hope this will be my new morning beverage!

  6. so yummy! my husband told me he liked chocolate chai so I got him a box of chocolate chai tea packets but then he informed he really only liked the kind from Starbucks haha, thanks for your recipe, we love it!

  7. I just tried making it using my last packet of Abuelita hot chocolate mix. Yummy!


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