- I ordered four hot chai lattes from Dunkin’, Starbucks, Panera, and Peet’s.
- Dunkin’ had the cheapest drink, but I don’t think it had enough spice to balance the sweetness.
- Even though it was expensive, I thought Starbucks’ latte had the best sweet-and-spicy flavor.
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I ordered a medium (24 ounces (680.39g)) for $US3.19 ($AU4), which ended up being the biggest drink and the best value.
I found this description to be pretty spot-on. It was lacking the ultra-spicy, black-peppery punch found in most chai, and it was pretty sweet with 40 grams of sugar.
I didn’t notice any foam when drinking it, but the drink was smooth, thick, and creamy, which I liked.
Since the 12-ounce (340.19g) drink had 32 grams of sugar, I expected it to be way too sweet for me. But the warming spices really balanced everything.
The drink itself was really creamy with a nice frothy topping.
I ordered a small (16 ounces (453.59g)) for $US5.29 ($AU7), which seemed super expensive until I broke it down by ounce.
I liked that it didn’t taste too sweet, despite containing a whopping 48 grams of sugar.
It had some foam on the top right when I ordered it, but it dissolved quickly into a creamy blend.
I ordered a small (12 ounces (340.19g)), which cost me $US4.25 ($AU6).
It had a surprisingly earthy taste that almost reminded me of the flavor of butternut squash.
The consistency was a bit thinner than the others, with a lightly foamy top.
But at $US0.35 ($AU0) an ounce, it was tied with Peet’s for the most expensive drink of the day.
Panera’s chai latte was my second favorite. It was creamy and smooth, and it had a nice flavor. It was a little spicier than I would’ve liked, which is why it came in just behind Starbucks’ chai.
Although it was the most out-right expensive option, it was larger than Starbucks’, so it ended up being $US0.33 ($AU0) an ounce.
Dunkin’s chai latte offered the highest value by far at $US0.13 ($AU0) an ounce. It was really creamy, but it was lacking enough spice to really taste like chai.
Peet’s latte was the spiciest of the four. I liked this drink, but the unexpected earthy flavor wasn’t my favorite, and it was tied for most expensive at $US0.35 ($AU0) an ounce.