Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fall Drink Review

Completely non-sponsored post ~ just sharing some thoughts for the fun of it.

Tried and true:

  • Dunkin Donuts Vanilla Chai ~ a favorite for many years now having been introduced by my mom (who was introduced by my god-father and his late wife, great connection).  Warm, spicy but not too spicy and low enough caffeine  that I don't have to worry about the kids sneaking sips.  Have discovered ordering Chai's at other places, the vanilla is an important addition as otherwise I find it to be too cinnamon-y.
  • Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte ~ expensive but very yummy.  Again I think what appeals to me is that it is more spicy than my usual mocha but not too.  Also I love the flavor of pumpkin; in muffins, pies, and lattes.

Tried out this year:

  • Trader Joe's Pumpkin Chai ~ Good find, not too expensive, easy to make and when augmented with some pumpkin creamer very, very delish.  Am currently debating whether to stock-up or trust that when the leaves again change color next year I will be able to find it.
  • Starbucks Salted Carmel Mocha ~ Meh,  not bad but didn't really add much to the experience of drinking a mocha and even may have detracted a little as it had a somewhat nutty flavor (think hazelnut) which I am not a fan of in my coffee.
  • Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Mocha ~ Also not bad but not good, I think the problem is that there was not enough pumpkin and so it just tasted like a mocha with something amiss.  Disclaimer I only had one so perhaps I just got a bad one, also I did have a pumpkin flavored ice coffee which was a bit sweet but overall tasty.

Any fun new finds dear readers?
Favorite fall drinks??


  1. Oh, yum! Living in 90 degree Arizona, I haven't tried any fall drinks yet, but Vanilla Chai sounds delish.

  2. I love reading your posts, sorry I dont comment as much. I love a white choc mocha, with skim and no whip at starbuc.ks.....yummo!!!

  3. My two default drinks (both from Starbucks) are:

    Grande five pump chai tea latte. (That's an extra pump of chai to increase the sweetness/intensity.)

    Grande vanilla rooibos tea latte with vanilla syrup instead of classic. (Why they don't automatically put vanilla syrup in it is beyond me...)

    Highly recommend both though.