I was first introduced to chai through a friend of mine, when we stopped at a coffee shop. It was a number of years ago, and although I don’t recall exactly how I had it prepared it was delicious. Now when I walk in the door of a coffee shop, I check to see if they have chai on the menu.
I’m actually a pretty frugal person. Coffee shop runs are done only on occasion and usually when I do go, I have a gift card to help with the purchase. Justifying $3.75+ for a small drink is hard to do. So I’m happy to have found, Oregon Chai, as it will not break my wallet to enjoy a good chai.
I was sent both the liquid concentrate and the powdered mix packages of Oregon Chai to sample, in a variety of flavors. Both the liquid and the powder have advantages for different reasons (the mix can be easily taken with you and mixed with water, the liquid is easy to prepare chilled, and uses milk), but both ways of preparation provide a fantastic taste.
My favorite of the powdered mixes was the Sugar-Free.
Honestly, it was better than I expected. It was a nice consistency made just with water, and a splash of creamer, thickened it up just a bit. The smell alone was intoxicating, the spicy smell reminded me of a crisp autumn morning.
The cup was emptied a bit too quickly, but at 50 calories, well I just had another .
I’ve used the liquid concentrate for chilled chais.
Using 1/2 cup of concentrate and 1/2 cup of milk and pour it over ice, Voila! Easy, quick and delicious.
I could be missing my calling as a barista with my Chilled Vanilla Almond Chai that is only 125 calories. (That would be Oregon Chai Vanilla Concentrate mixed with Vanilla Almond Milk over ice!)
I’m going to say that Oregon Chai is a worthwhile purchase if you’re looking for a good chai to make at home or on the go. They use organic and natural ingredients in all their products. In fact, most of Oregon Chai’s concentrates are over 90% organic. The one that isn’t is the Sugar-Free Original, it’s made with Splenda, but that’s actually a good thing for people with diabetes, carb counters and anyone looking to remove sugar from their diet. So all’s well. I will definitely be buying this again.
You’ll have a hard time deciding which flavor/kind of Oregon Chai is your favorite, but one of you will have a chance to decide because Oregon Chai is giving away a selection of products to one reader of my blog.
To enter visit Oregon Chai and take a look at their products which are all listed with links, and then let me know which variety and flavor you think you’d like the best. You can enter daily.
For extra entries you can:
Open to US Residents ages 18+, ends August 2, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST. Winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. By entering this giveaway you are stating that you have read my **Privacy/Rules statements and agree to them.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the product mentioned above for free for review purposes from Oregon Chai. I was not required to write a positive review and this product may not have the same results for all people, please do additional research of your own when purchasing products mentioned in reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Affiliate links are used in this post.
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