Monday, April 21, 2008

♫ At Last ♫

I have mentioned in a previous post about the soaring price of gasoline, and its effect on my family.

Well, the price of gasoline is not the only thing that is affecting my family; the price of Starbucks coffee is affecting us as well. Starbucks coffee is ridiculously very pricey. If you think about it, a cup of Starbucks, depending on where you live of course, is more expensive than a gallon of gas. I'm just saying.

However, I looooove to go to Starbucks and order a Grande Mocha Frappuccino Light (for Amy). But with times being hard all over lately, I have had to learn how to do some things myself in order to be more resourceful.

Oh, stop! I'm kidding. I said resourceful not illegal.

In my effort to be cheap more resourceful, I have come up with my own bootleg version of a Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino Light. Now granted, it doesn't taste anything exactly like their drink, but it's close enough to perfect for me. (Isn't that a country song?)

Anyway, since I have been asked twice numerous times how to make my version of this drink, I thought I would share my secrets with you. You know, in an effort to help you be more resourceful too. Just think of today's post as very valuable money saving information. Or not.

Here is a photo of what you will need to get started bootlegging making your own.

The first thing to do is fill your Starbucks cup about 3/4 of the way full of ice cubes. (Yes, I saved my original Starbucks cups...what about it?)

Then dump the ice into the blender. Like so. (Dump is a technical term that I like to use in my kitchen. If you are confused by that technical terminology, let me explain, to dump also means to pour. I realize not everyone is as fluent as me in this technical terminology.)

Measure one-fourth a cup of milk. (I use fat free milk, but you can use any milk that you have on hand; although, I would frown upon the use of breast milk. I'm just saying.) Then all you do is dump pour it into your Starbucks cup.

Now add one packet of Sweet'n Low to the milk. (You can use Splenda or sugar if you prefer. I use Sweet'n Low, because my momma does.)

Next I add about 2-3 teaspoons of instant coffee to the mixture. (You may or may not notice in the picture that I am using a children's medicine cup to measure my coffee with. Since I have collected about 78 of these cups over the years, I thought I might as well put them to good use. These medicine cups work very well for this bootlegging resourceful experience.)

Now, using the same medicine cup, I am adding about 3 teaspoons of sugar free caramel syrup into to the cup. (You can use regular syrups if you prefer....I would, but I would gain three pounds just thinking about regular syrups, so I have to stick with the sugar free kind. But please feel free to substitute any of these ingredients. You will be drinking the one you make, not me. So it is important that you like it. I don't think I will gain three pounds if you drink it, but you never know. Come to think of it, just don't talk to me about it; that way we know that I won't gain any weight. Thanks for your cooperation.)

The next step is adding in 3 teaspoons of sugar free vanilla syrup. (Remember to please not talk to me about the use of regular syrups in this recipe. Thanks again.)

Time now to add about 3 teaspoons of the coffee syrup. It is a very thick syrup, so it will probably not all come out of the cup, but that won't hurt anything. (I have only been able to find this syrup at Wal-Mart. Let me know if you know of another store to purchase it at.)

Up next is my favorite ingredient of all.........sugar free chocolate syrup. Mmmmmmm.
I add 3 teaspoons of this to the mixture.

But, I like it so much that I add another 3 teaspoons, just because. Mmmmmmmmmm.

Like the coffee syrup, the chocolate syrup is also very thick. Since it would be a criminal act to waste any of that chocolatey goodness, I now fill the medicine cup up with water to mix with the chocolate syrup left in the cup. I then proceed to dump pour the water/chocolate combo into the coffee mixture.

And since there is usually still some chocolate left in the medicine cup, I add water one more time, and dump pour it into the coffee mixture as well.

Now get a spoon and mix all these yummy ingredients together. Like so.

Dump Pour all of the chocolatey coffee goodness over the ice in the blender.

It should look something like this.

This next step is probably the most important step of all. Make sure to put the lid on the blender before starting it. Trust me on this one. (I'm just trying to help you people.)

Now set the blender on the High speed and blend. (Mom, I apologize. I didn't realize quite how filthy the outside of my blender was until I saw this picture on my computer. Sorry. And to everyone else reading this, my filthy housekeeping habits are absolutely no reflection of the way my mother raised me.)

Once all the ice chunks are gone, and the mixture is well are ready to dump pour the drink into your cup.

You can drink it just like this....but I wouldn't recommend it.

I recommend topping it off with whipped cream, fat free of course.

Ahhhhhhh......come to momma!

One sip of this chocolatey coffee goodness and I start hearing Etta James singing in my ears......

At last my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
At last the skies above are blue
And my heart was wrapped up in clover
The night I looked at you
I found a dream that I can speak to
A dream that I could call my own
I found a thrill to press my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known
You smiled, and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
And you are mine at last

Of course, I can't promise that you will hear Etta James singing in your ear while you drink it, but I always do.......

When your cup looks like this...... will know that you are finished enjoying your bootleg resourceful drink.

And now this long post is finally over......♫ At Last!


Jenny said...

I'm with you on the Starbucks, in fact I work next door to one! I use to get one everyday, now not so much! Maybe once a week.

I tagged you on my blog if you want to take part!


Sandra said...

That was funny! I appreciate the play-by-play instruction too - now I can actually make one myself!! You know, "I'm a VISUAL person," I think I've heard that somewhere........
Love you baby girl! AND Etta James is coming to MEMPHIS! Wish we could go see her!!!
MOM :)

The Laundress~JJ! said...

My my you are resourceful.

And talented.

I'll have one too please.

Mama Mia said...

Oh Amy how I wished I liked coffee! I tried to like it about once about 24 years ago, haven't tried any since. Starbucks wasn't around then, at least not in my town maybe I should try again?
GREAT post!!!

Michele said...

Amy this looks good! There is only one problem. I don't like coffee! Call me weird. Well really you didn't have to actually call me weird, I mean come on that wasn't nice! :)

Beandip71 said...

I love Starbucks Frappucinos!! I will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!


Laura said...

I am sooo impressed with your resourcefulness, girl! Now you have put all of us Starbucks gals to shame!! Do you have a recipe for homemade gasoline?????

My Goodness said...

If I was a coffee drinker, I'd thank you for that. Since I'm not, I just have to thank you for making it entertaining! :)

About all the blog design stuff, if you're interested in a new look, let me know! :)

Debbie said...

That is so funny! I started singing the song as soon as I saw the lyrics. I am definetly adding you to my friend list.

Jamie said...

That is one of my favorite drinks as well! I love your step-by-step instructions. All the ingredients are going on my grocery list!

MrsJoeB said...

Amy you are too funny!! I add chocolate flavored and mint flavored coffee syrup to my morning coffee pot. I still use regular sugar and my cream is cool whip! The closes I get to my mocha!!
You are too fun girl!
In His Graces~Pamela said...

(Clapping) This was a great play by play! I was laughing all the way thorough it!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE lattes, iced mochas, mocha fraps, cappucinos (sp?). I drink two lattes a day.

I have my own espresso machine and have a wonderful coffee connection for espresso beans and syrups.

Go to CoffeeAm and pick up a few bottles of Monin syrups. The bottles are large and only $8.95, they have sugar free too.

It's THE BEST syrup ever made, and lots of well known coffee houses use Monin, even Starbucks.

Ghirardelli Chocolate syrup is another coffee house staple. I like the powder over the syrup, but that's just me. Syrup blends better in cold drinks. I like to use Nestle's chocolate syrup to get a deep rich flavor in the iced mochas.

I'm so glad you like coffee too!

The Boyds Family said...

Now I have to go to Starbucks to get one of those cups so that I can make this chocolatey goodness. (I wonder how much they would charge me for 'just the cup'?) HA!

Great Post! Thanks!

Cindy said...

Great reminder- I have all of the ingredients and have not made one in months. It's going to be a good Memorial Day weekend for me!

Dianne said...

oh that looks yummy, I don't drink coffee, but I'll try it substituted with cocoa. That is so funny that ou used Etta James' At Last. That was the song we did our frist dance to at our wedding! We love that song!