Cost: $3.99 at Trader Joe's
Type of tea: Black
Add ins: Water, ice, toothpaste/something to rinse your mouth out. . .
Tea fragrance: Cardamon, caramel, honey
Ingredients: Sugar, nonfat milk, coconut oil, maltodextrin, black tea and darjeeling tea, natural flavors, salt, honey (sucrose, honey), spice blend (cinnamon, clove, cardamom, anise, ginger), sodium caseinate, silicon dioxide, guar gum, vegetable mono and diglycerides, carrageenan gum.
Opinion: You look at the label, you read the description and you think this has to be the ultimate chai tea latte experience, right? Then you turn it around to see the ingredients (carrageenan?!) and you wrinkle your nose just a little, gamely trying to silence the voice of your nutritionist inside your head by saying "it's for the blog!" And whining just a little, "but it's chai! I love chai!" I made it with hot water (some suggested trying it with milk), and wow-ie! A glucose test isn't this sweet! That's the power of 30g of carbs/26g sugar working right there. Let's also factor in 3.5g of saturated fat. (Inner nutritionist is now shaking her head, or is it mine spinning from the wallop?!) So then I poured it over ice to try and dilute it, and it still made my teeth hurt. I didn't even use a full scoop/three (!) tablespoonful. It tasted like salted honey. Pa-tooey! Poured that right down the drain and brushed my teeth.