I love a good mug of hot chocolate. Once you try this recipe, you won’t be using packets where you add hot water. This hot chocolate is made with milk and half and half and a good chocolate candy bar.
1/2 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cups half and half
2 ounces chocolate candy bar, I used Lindt Milk Chocolate (you chose your favorite)
1 Tablespoon sugar, optional
Whip cream, optional
Chocolate curls optional
In a saucepan, heat milk, heavy cream and sugar if you are using it over medium heat. Add chocolate, I broke my candy bar into pieces. Stir frequently. Once chocolate is melted and it’s heated enough to your desire (do not boil), pour into mug. Top with whip cream and chocolate curls if you wish. You will not believe the difference between homemade hot chocolate and dry package mix hot chocolate, there is no comparison. Enjoy!
Last fall, I fell in love with Chic Fil A’s Frosted Caramel Coffee. That beverage disappeared off of their menu and was replaced with their Frosted Coffee. Yay! Don’t worry, I will tell you how to make both.
Vanilla Ice Cream (preferred but frozen yogurt could be used) You will want a 3 to 1 ice cream ratio over your cold brew coffee
3/4 cup Cold Brew Coffee, unsweet
Blend to incorporate in your blender. Pour in a glass and enjoy!
To make Caramel Coffee Frosted, add a pump or two of caramel coffee syrup. I love both flavors.
This recipe was inspired by Portillo’s Cake Shake. Rarely do I have leftover cake but I do have leftover cupcakes from time to time. You probably do too. Portillo’s Cake shakes are typically chocolate unless it’s a certain time of the year. Sometimes they have lemon, but really you could make any flavor of cupcake into a shake. I will say this, I tried a slice of chocolate cake and the cake shake (thank you Kevin). I liked the cake shake best. The cake on its own tasted like a box mix and canned frosting on its own but in the shake, it was excellent. The only difference between my shake and Portillo’s is that I drank mine out of glass instead of a styrofoam cup and I used cupcakes instead of a piece of cake. Same great taste and flavor.
2 leftover cupcakes, I had chocolate
1/2 cup milk
3 scoops ice cream (1/2cup each), I used vanilla
Whip Cream for garnish
Cherry for garnish
Blend cupcakes and milk together in a blender. Add ice cream and blend again. Pour into a glass, garnish with whip cream and cherry. Enjoy!
You can find Portillo’s in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Portillo’s is known for their hot dogs and cake shakes.
Just in time for National Coffee Month (August), I am giving you the best iced coffee recipe on the planet. Don’t like ice coffee? I wasn’t too fond of it myself until my friend Doreen turned me on to them. Now, I am hooked. This recipe is better than any you can order at a coffee shop or drive through window. You can even flavor it if you wish. I have some tips and suggestions in this recipe that will make it the best.
Coffee to make coffee ice cubes
Coffee creamer Dunkin Donuts Extra Creamy*
Additional coffee for your cup/glass
1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional**
Bailey’s Irish Cream Liquour, optional***
I use coffee in some of my recipes. When I need coffee for a recipe, I make it in a cream pitcher or gravy boat. Why? Because it has a spout and makes pouring so much easier, especially in your ice cube tray.
Fill your glass, mug or beverage container with the coffee ice cubes you have made. I did 60-40 ratio of cream and coffee. I knew as the ice melted, my drink would not water down. It’s totally up to you how much cream or coffee you put in your glass. Insert straw and enjoy the deliciousness!
*I am not a paid spokesperson for Dunkin Donuts Creamer but I am telling you it’s the best to use in ice coffee.
**No need to buy syrups for flavored vanilla coffee. I added vanilla extract and it was delicious.
**Not a paid spokesperson for Baileys either but it sure is tasty in coffee.