Monday, November 4, 2013

My favorite fall/winter coffee drink- Caramel Brulee Latte

It's that time of year!
Time to warm up and refuel with coffee all day every day.

Oh wait, that's every day for me. Regardless of the time of year or weather outside, I have to have my coffee fix every morning...and usually afternoon as well.

Let's get one thing straight- I am not a Starbucks fan. Not even a little bit. (Can we still be friends?!) I mean, sure, I'll drink it if it's my only option, but it's definitely not my first choice for coffee by a long shot. It's pretty overpriced and bitter in my opinion, and no matter how much extra syrup or extra chocolate I ask for it still hints of burnt coffee. No bueno!

However, this time of year they always lure me in with their holiday drinks, namely the delicious, mouthwatering Caramel Brulee Latte. I've been counting down the days since October started and it's finally here. The only problem is my wallet can't handle spending $4.50+ on a cup of coffee every day. And if I'm spending that much on coffee I definitely don't want to gamble on whether or not my barista is competent enough to make the drink correctly. The only thing worse than paying almost 5 bucks for coffee is to then have it taste like crap after you leave.

I treated myself to this on a long Sunday after grocery shopping.
$4.95 & it only slightly tasted like caramel brulee- what a let down!
My solution? Make it at home yourself.
I posted this recipe last year and it was a huge hit on Pinterest.
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1. Drizzle 2 Tbsp caramel sauce around inside of mug
2. Add 1-2oz of Torani vanilla syrup
3. Add 2-4oz espresso or strongly brewed coffee
4. Fill the rest of the mug with about 8-10oz of steamed milk.
5. Top with whipped cream & toffee bits (not pictured- optional)
Stir & enjoy!

The only thing missing from this is the whipped cream and the yummy little toffee bits. If you're feeling fancy, go for it. I try to lay off the whipped cream and toffee when I'm making this every day though. 

Are you a coffee lover?
What's your favorite way to drink it?


8 comments:

  1. I dislike Starbucks too! However, I have been told I am a coffee snob. What do people expect... we live in an area where there is a stand on literally every other corner. We get to be picky :)

    PS I always taste my coffee before I leave have them remake it if it tastes burnt or bitter.

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  2. I'm a coffee snob too. Usually I taste it & have them fix it if it's not good, but this one was inside the grocery store & it was really busy...and it didn't seem like quality was on their priority list. I just wanted to get the heck out of there with my groceries! That's what I get for trying to give Sbux another chance...

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  3. Wow. That's so easy! I love my Starbucks, but I would love it more if I could make it at home. :)

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  4. I'm still looking for a way to make my own vanilla chai. The ones in the bags just aren't the same!

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  5. Seems pretty easy! I only have a few select drinks I will drink from Starbucks and I don't hardly drink it that often anymore. I'm just as happy with my French Vanilla cappucino mix in the morning, honestly. Ha!

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  6. Love a good copy cat drink. Thanks for sharing!

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