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Chai Tea Mix

Reviewed: May 22, 2011
A friend who sells Tastefully Simple (love those Oh My! Chai packets!) sent this recipe link to me...and I am addicted! What I like the most is, no matter how I've "customized" this recipe, it always turns out great! I started with the recipe as listed and, thanks to all of the reviewers who commented about the amount of sugar being too high, I cut that down to 1 1/2 cups. I also used decaf instant tea, since that's what we prefer. The first batch was great, but we wanted it a touch sweeter. So, for the next batch, I upped the sugar to 1 3/4 cups and it turned out perfect! Initially, we mixed it with water (as suggested). While it was good, we wanted a creamier "latte" factor from our chai. So we used soy milk instead, and it turned out SO yummy! Finally, we've recently eliminated dairy due to some family food sensitivities. So... I had to try to modify it yet again. This time, I completely left out the powdered milk...with much concern that we'd lose the "latte" factor once again. Today, I used cold almond milk, a couple of scoops of powder and about 4 ice cubes and put it all in a blender. It was FABULOUS! I am so happy to still have a recipe that meets our dietary choices and tastes like the real deal. When I shared some with my hubby, he said he couldn't tell the difference between what I had made and the expensive brews at any coffee/tea shop. This recipe rocks! :)
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Valerie's Fruit Dip

Reviewed: May 24, 2007
This is one of the best fruit dips I've ever had! I made it for my son's baptism party last year, and it's been requested for this year's Memorial Day gathering. We found that pineapple, canatloupe and strawberries were the best fruits to dip, but I'm sure you could try others.
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