Fall is all about nostalgic flavors and comfort food. It is a transitional period between students’ fast-paced summer schedules and the cold, dark winter. This season is a great time to put on warm clothes, go on a walk and have a hot drink while enjoying the changing colors of the leaves and the crisp air.
Starbucks comes out with an array of fall-inspired drinks to meet consumers’ seasonal desires. One of its many seasonal drinks is the chocolate chai tea, which is supposed to be a tasty, chocolatey version of chai tea.
The drink, however, is highly disappointing in the chocolate department. The chocolate is completely drowned out with an overwhelming amount of nutmeg and allspice flavor. It’s reminiscent of an elementary student’s first pumpkin pie they with his or her grandma and poured too much spice into.
The drink doesn’t even have the satisfying, spicy chai flavor plain chai tea has. Normally a chai tea has a nice blend of spices in just the right amounts. But in the chocolate chai tea drink the spices are overdone. This is likely intentional, so the chai flavor is tasted through the chocolate, even though there isn’t any chocolate to be tasted.
Pulling off the lid, the drink looks like an extremely watered down hot chocolate, which makes sense considering there’s no chocolate flavor — a major let down for a drink dubbed “chocolate” chai tea.
Overall the drink is a waste of money, and on all levels the chocolate chai tea doesn’t live up to expectations for an autumn drink.
Drink: Chocolate Chai Tea Latte
Ingredients: Spice blend, black Tazo tea, cocoa, steamed milk, whipped cream.