OK, so I am definitely one of the many that have become crazily addicted to Starbucks and their lattes. But let’s face it, I know I am not the only one that really can’t afford them. I mean at all! And of course there is also the fact that caffeine, sugar and chocolate are not really something you want your children taking in overly in the breast-milk. To do so right before nap-time is not the brightest idea.
So here is a little idea I had today that brightened my day without costing me $3.50 plus tax (just for a tall caffe mocha http://www.fastfoodmenuprices.com/starbucks-prices/). I have bought the Starbucks Christmas blend (or Thanksgiving Blend is good, too) in decaf along with International Delight Pumpkin Spice creamer and Reddi-Whip. You just brew your coffee, add the creamer to the sweetness and creaminess you prefer and add a bit of whip on top for an comparable replica of the real deal without making the process overly involved. I have had a truly delightful morning enjoying my treat at home with my kids. 🙂
You don’t have to buy actual Starbucks brand coffee to brew for such a treat. Just make sure you are drinking decaf if you can help it and watch your whip intake. Some people even enjoy the sugar free whip cream. Most importantly, it’s just making sure that you make your coffee the way you like it. Don’t be afraid to experiment, though, if you want!
May make a great Christmas present. Ask for some great quality coffee for this treat if you are into coffee as much as I am. Starbucks brand is pricey but worth it in my opinion. Other quality brands include Seattle’s Best (same company as Starbucks), Lattitudes, Green Mountain, and usually local or small coffee companies are able to roast their own coffee beans in small batches. The smaller the company the better the coffee more often.
There are of course a number of pins on Pinterest that are worth trying for those of you wanting a more involved approach or an actual Starbucks copycat recipe. Here are a few to check out.
Tomorrow I will try this with the Peppermint Mocha creamer by International Delight! It’s going to be sweet…literally!