Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cappuccino or Chai Latte Anyone?

Okay, admit it, there's those few people you need to give gifts to that you really have no clue what to get them. Well, everyone eats and drinks so I usually turn to the kitchen when I am truly stumped. Here are three extremely easy yet very yummy drink mix recipes that will impress everyone on your gift giving list: two instant cappuccino mixes and one instant chai latte mix. In fact, once you are done, kick back and drink a mug yourself...you deserve it!



Instant Chocolate Hazelnut Cappuccino Mix

Equipment Needed:
Food Processor
Measuring Cups
Jars/Zip Lock Bags for Storage

Ingredients:
1 cup instant coffee
3 cups powdered dry milk (I prefer Sanalac brand but any will work)
1 1/2 cup powdered hazelnut coffee creamer
1 cup sugar
2 small boxes of instant chocolate pudding

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a food processor fitted with the large blade. Blend until smooth and completely mixed.* Divide and store in air tight containers: canning jars, zip lock bags, etc.

How to Enjoy:
Place 3 or 4 heaping Tbsp of dry mix into your 8 oz mug. Add hot water, stir, and enjoy!

*I find that blending all of these mixes in a food processor helps to not only thoroughly mix all the ingredients but by making the mix more powdery aids in how well it all dissolves/mixes with the hot water and also keeps the ingredients from "settling".


Instant Vanilla Hazelnut Cappuccino Mix

Equipment Needed:
Food Processor
Measuring Cups
Jars/Zip Lock Bags for Storage

Ingredients:
1 cup instant coffee
3 cups powdered dry milk (I prefer Sanalac brand but any will work)
1 1/2 cup powdered hazelnut coffee creamer or 1 cup powdered hazelnut coffee creamer + 1/2 cup french vanilla coffee creamer
1 cup sugar
2 small boxes of instant vanilla pudding

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a food processor fitted with the large blade. Blend until smooth and completely mixed.* Divide and store in air tight containers: canning jars, zip lock bags, etc.

How to Enjoy:
Place 3 or 4 heaping Tbsp of dry mix into your 8 oz mug. Add hot water, stir, and enjoy!

*I find that blending all of these mixes in a food processor helps to not only thoroughly mix all the ingredients but by making the mix more powdery aids in how well it all dissolves/mixes with the hot water and also keeps the ingredients from "settling".


Instant Chai Latte Mix

Equipment Needed:
Food Processor
Measuring Cups
Measuring Spoons
Jars/Zip Lock Bags for Storage

Ingredients:
1 cup powdered dry milk (I prefer Sanalac brand but any will work)
1 cup powdered coffee creamer**
1 cup french vanilla flavored powdered coffee creamer**
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
   ** If you just use 2 cups of french vanilla coffee creamer it will make your chai extra sweet

Mix all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth and completely mixed.* Divide and store in air tight containers: canning jars, zip lock bags, etc.

How to Enjoy:
Place 2 heaping Tbsp of dry mix into your 8 oz mug. Add hot water, stir, and enjoy!

*I find that blending all of these mixes in a food processor helps to not only thoroughly mix all the ingredients but by making the mix more powdery aids in how well it all dissolves/mixes with the hot water and also keeps the ingredients from "settling".


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