As someone who loves her coffee, I’m always noticing great coffee drink recipes on blogs and Pinterest. While I’ve made some frozen coffee drinks at home in blender, the one thing I’ve been hesitant to make at home is hot coffee drinks.
First, I don’t have a fancy espresso machine or something that will steam milk. I know some of the recipes I’m seeing probably don’t require those, but I’ve always figured it must be hard to make my own lattes at home if I didn’t have one. So, I just don’t attempt it. I stick with my basic brewed coffee with French Vanilla cream. It’s my thing, BUT I still crave those fancy schmancy lattes as the weather has gotten much cooler here in Vegas. So, my solution — stop at the local coffee shops occasionally to get one of their holiday coffee drinks.
I do have great restraint and don’t stop daily. And while that’s all great and stuff, I’ve been doing the math and even if I only get ONE latte per week from a coffee shop, I’m spending about $20 per month just on FOUR DRINKS. That’s kinda crazy.
So, I decided to see if I could make my very own fancy latte drink at home. And guess what? I DID. And it turned out delicious, without an expensive machine. If I can do it, you can do it too and I’m going to show you how.
To make your own Caramel Vanilla Latte, you will need hot brewed coffee (double-strength), Coffee-Mate French Vanilla Liquid Coffee Creamer, caramel sauce (make homemade or buy a jar) and milk (I used 2%). Optionally, you can also use whipped cream (homemade or not).
My “secret ingredient” for making my own Caramel Vanilla Latte is an OXO Egg Beater. I love this thing and making frothy milk was SO easy with it. If you don’t have an egg beater, you can use a whisk.
In a large coffee cup (I used one that is 14 oz), you add 2 tablespoons of the caramel sauce, 3 tablespoons of Coffee-Mate French Vanilla Liquid Coffee Creamer, and 2/3 cup hot coffee. You stir this until the caramel is dissolved.
In a small pan, heat 1 cup of milk over medium heat, beating constantly with an egg beater (or whisking constantly) to create foam.
Once the milk is hot, remove from heat and pour the milk slowly into your coffee cup, while using a large spoon to hold back the foam while you are pouring. Add the foam to the top.
Drizzle the top of your foam with additional caramel, if you wish.
If foam isn’t your thing, you don’t have to add it (or even create it). This one below is minus the foam, but with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.
Here’s the recipe which is ready for your to print or save to ZipList:
- 3 tablespoons French Vanilla Coffee-Mate Liquid Coffee Creamer
- 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
- 2/3 double-strength hot brewed coffee
- 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
- Optional: whipped cream and additional caramel sauce
- In a large coffee cup, add creamer and caramel sauce. Pour in hot coffee, stir until caramel sauce is mostly dissolved. Set aside.
- In a small pan, heat milk in small saucepan over medium heat, whisking or beating constantly to create foam. Heat until milk is hot (not boiling). Remove from heat and pour milk slowly into coffee cup, while using a large spoon to hold back foam. After milk has been completely poured, spoon foam onto the latte. If desired, drizzle with additional caramel sauce.
--If you wish, you can skip topping with the foam and top with whipped cream and then drizzle with caramel sauce.
--A tiny pinch of sea salt added with the caramel inside the cup and also a tiny sprinkle on top of the caramel drizzle on top is super yummy!
TIP: My Caramel Vanilla Latte will definitely save you money over buying similar drinks at a coffee shop, but if you want even more savings, visit the Walmart Coupon Site to print coupons — including $1 off Coffee-Mate Creamer! (limited time, get it before it’s gone)
While French Vanilla coffee creamer is my go-to flavor, another flavor I enjoy is Peppermint Mocha. As a bonus, I have another recipe to share with you! This recipe is to make a Peppermint Mocha Fudge that uses Coffee-Mate Peppermint Mocha Liquid Coffee Creamer.
In a medium sized pan, you heat together butter, sugar, salt, and Coffee-Mate Peppermint Mocha Liquid Coffee Creamer, stirring constantly. The middle will bubble and rise, but you continue to allow to boil for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, you remove the mixture from the heat and quickly stir in one 12 oz bag of chocolate chips and 2 cups of mini marshmallows.
The mixture is spooned into an 8×8″ baking dish that has been lined with foil and lightly sprayed with cooking spray. One candy cane is crushed and sprinkled on the top.
After the fudge fully cools and sets, lift the foil out of the baking dish and cut the fudge into small squares.
And just like that you have Peppermint Mocha Fudge made with flavored coffee creamer!
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup Coffee-Mate Peppermint Mocha Liquid Coffee Creamer
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (12 oz bag)
- 1 peppermint candy cane, crushed
- Line an 8x8" baking dish with foil. Lightly spray foil with cooking spray.
- In a medium sized pan, combine sugar, Coffee-Mate Peppermint Mocha Liquid Coffee Creamer, butter and salt and heat over medium heat to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue to boil and stir for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Immediately stir in marshmallows and chocolate chips. Stir until marshmallows are complete melted and ingredients are all combined. Spoon into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with crushed candy cane. Allow fudge to cool completely. When fudge is cool and firm, lift from the pan, discard foil, and cut into small pieces.
Adapted from Carnation Famous Fudge recipe
You can also view my entire Coffee-Mate Recipe Creation shopping trip.
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