Last year at the NRA Show, we met up with John Slawny, VP Sales & Marketing at Gehl Foods. They recently rolled out a rather tasty line of shelf-stable smoothies. When I met up with him at the show this year, he enthusiastically introduced me to their latest product, Main St. Cafe Chai Tea Latte.
Packaged in a similar 11 oz plastic bottle as their smoothie lineup, in the shape of a milk jug, a callout on the top claims that this contains “8 g natural dairy protein per bottle.” The overall graphic feel hints at earth tones, along the lines of brown cinnamon.
Mr. Slawny made a point to emphasize how this product contained real steamed milk that has been processed in such as way as to enable this product to be sold at room temperature on a shelf.
The drink itself is a light milky-brown color, with hard-to-miss scent overtones of cinnamon. Tasting it, I was quite impressed with the quality for a shelf-stable product. It’s milky, has a nice touch of cinnamon and honey, and I really dug the spice blend used in the chai. It’s quite sweet overall, which for me, was welcomed vs. the bitterness often associated with black tea products.
Overall, this is a great tasting drink. Your tongue will thank you… and the added protein and calcium are great bonuses as well. Plus, given that it can be found on a shelf anywhere, one hopes that distribution will put this quality beverage in the hands of a lot of folks. It’s that good!
Main St. Cafe Chai Tea Latte
Nonfat milk, chai tea (water, spices, cinnamon, black tea concentrate, honey, carmel color, natural flavors), maltodextrin, sugar, canola oil, whey protein concentrate, fructose, sodium phosphate, soy lecithin, potassium phosphate, carrageenan
An 11 oz bottle contains 250 calories, 2 g fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 200 mg sodium, 400 mg potassium, 46 g carbs (30 g sugars), and 8 g protein.
Official Website: Main St. Cafe
Full Disclosure: These beverages were provided compliments of Gehl Foods