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
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
Anyway, since I have been asked
Here is a photo of what you will need to get started
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
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
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
And since there is usually still some chocolate left in the medicine cup, I add water one more time, and
Now get a spoon and mix all these yummy ingredients together. Like so.
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 blended.....you are ready to
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......
......you will know that you are finished enjoying your
And now this long post is finally over......♫ At Last! ♫