Monthly Archives: July 2012

Homemade Starbucks: Iced White Chocolate Mocha.

I’ve always been a coffee drinker and as everyone knows Starbucks has the best coffee around…that’s how they get away with charging so much for it. My first Starbucks love was a Grande Mocha Java Chip with Extra Chocolate. Mmm-mmm good! If you’ve never tried it then you definitely should. My new Starbucks love is a Grande Iced White Chocolate Mocha with No Whip. I’d tried the hot white chocolate mocha & it was pretty good but I’m not into drinking hot coffee during the day in summertime. My Sister was the one who told me about the same thing but over ice. It was love at first taste! It’s good with or without the whip but I’m not a huge fan of whipped cream anyway so I usually do without. My new “relationship” with the IWCM (iced white chocolate mocha) was becoming pretty costly so I started searching for recipes to make something similar at home. I needed a way to feed my addiction without starving my wallet.

Long story short all of the recipes I tested were okay, but didn’t taste like what I was looking for. A lot of recipes I found probably would’ve tasted the same as Starbucks but they called for white chocolate syrup, and the prices for that stuff are not cheap. I wasn’t about to spend money on something that may only get used once & then shoved to the back of the cabinet. I had to let my idea simmer awhile…drift to the back of my brain until a solution made itself known. Eventually it did…I was grocery shopping the other day & it hit me: Why not use white chocolate chips?? I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it sooner. Chips just made more sense…not only are they cheaper for testing purposes but if it didn’t work out I could use them in something else. I also felt like real white chocolate would taste better than syrup. To the baking aisle I went. I feel my end result (after my FIRST test run!) was about as close to Starbucks as I’m going to get at home. Maybe it would be exact if I used their brand of coffee. The following recipe is just how I do mine; feel free to tweak yours however you want & keep tweaking until you get it right for you. Everyone likes their coffee their own way. If you try it out & enjoy it let me know!! Leave a comment! Constructive criticism? Leave a comment! I’d love to know if anyone actually comes across this blog & tries my recipe. =]

You will need:

**1 KCup of coffee or “iced coffee”, or a regularly brewed cup of coffee. (I have been using KCups for iced coffee but it really doesn’t matter, use what you prefer.)

**Ice
**1 bag white chocolate chips
**1/4–1/3 c. Milk or evaporated milk (depends on how milky you like your coffee. I usually use 1/3)
**Cream/sugar just in case you need it.

—First, brew your KCup/cup of coffee the way you usually do. The KCups for iced coffee tell you to brew over ice but I don’t. If you put a little less water than usual it will give it a slightly stronger coffee flavor; you have to remember that you’re going to be putting it over ice which does melt and will water it down a tad. I usually stick mine in the freezer for a few minutes just to help take some of the heat off.
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—In a small saucepan (on the stove, med-high) dump about 1 to 1/2 handfuls of the white chocolate chips & 1/4–1/3 c milk. Stir together until completely melted & combined. I am particular about certain things & one of them is making sure the chips are entirely melted; otherwise you have little white remnants floating around which, to me, is just plain gross.
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—Almost done! Add ice to your cup of choice (I usually use a travel cup because they’re a bit taller), as much or as little as you want. Keep in mind that if you only add 1 or 2 pieces you’ll probably have to add more in order to have “iced” coffee, unless your coffee is pretty cooled off by this point. Mix your homemade “white sauce” into your coffee TO TASTE…meaning…a little at a time, tasting after each addition to see if it’s at a sweetness level you want. If you use all of your white sauce & it’s still not how you want it then feel free to add cream &/or sugar.
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—Pour this final concoction over the ice, give it a good stir, and sip away! You can top it off with whipped cream if you want. It’s your creation…customize it!

Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice…easy peasey!

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In preparation of the final season premiere of (one of the BEST shows ever) Breaking Bad, the Husband & I have been having mini-marathons every night, re-watching all the previous seasons to refresh our memory for the “grand finale”. In one episode from season 2, Walt (aka Walter White, main character, best meth cook ever) is trying to suck up to his (annoying, most-disgusting-eater-ever, bitchy, selfish, ugly, self-centered, hateful) wife Skylar by making homemade breakfasts. He happens to make fresh grapefruit juice one time & I couldn’t help thinking “I’ve never tried grapefruit juice as a drink before…it’s pretty delicious when you’re eating a grapefruit, the tiny bit of sugary-tarty juice you get…I wonder what it would be like to have a whole, cold glass of that.”

I referenced everyone’s “go to” source of information, Google, in search of a recipe. Shockingly I couldn’t find one for plain, simple, yummy grapefruit juice. There were plenty for grapefruit juice smoothies & limeade+grapefruit juice & orange juice+grapefruit juice & all sorts of other concoctions. I know what you’re thinking…how hard is it to make juice? Squeeze the fruit, bada bing-bada boom. Except…when we first wanted to make homemade lemonade we tried it without a recipe. Turned out not so refreshing. Then (after a couple more misses) we found a recipe for THE best lemonade I’ve ever had. I wanted my grapefruit juice to be right so this time I tried to go by a recipe…to no avail. “Guess I’ll have to invent my own.” was my exact thought.

So yesterday at the grocery store I picked up 4 big ol’ grapefruits. This morning I had to take my Husband to work super early (we’re talking 6am early) & for some reason when I get up that early I usually get an energy burst. I came home, broke out the hand juicer, and got down to business. I have to say…I’m pretty proud of myself! For the first time ever making it, my grapefruit juice turned out JUST like I imagined in my mind. Finally, after the most drawn out recipe-creation-explanation-EVER….here is my very own grapefruit juice recipe.

Homemade Grapefruit Juice

4 large grapefruits (= 2 2/3 c. juice)
1/2 c. water
1/4–1/3 c. sugar, depending on your fondness for sweetness

Cut your grapefruits in half; it doesn’t matter if you cut them the “right way” or not, they juice the same. Use your juicer (electric or hand) to squeeze every last drop of tart juice out of them. Add your water & sugar (and if desired a little pulp–like I did–but be sure to remove any seeds first) & stir until mixed well. You may have to slightly adjust the amount of water and/or sugar to your liking…following this recipe made juice that was exactly what I wanted. Note: this recipe doesn’t make very much so if you’re wanting a lot of juice you probably want to double (maybe even triple) it. The final yield for these measurements is 3 1/4 cups.