The weather here in Ohio has been pretty crazy. First off, 2011 has been the rainiest year on record and as a result, our December has been warmer and greener than normal. This has made it a bit harder to “get into” the winter holiday season. Secondly, it seems that when we have a “dry” day, it’s the misleading blue sky day where it looks beautiful but when you walk outside, you are met with cold temperatures and very brisk winds. So, each December day has either been wet and warm (for December) or dry and cold!
A nice hot drink on either a cold day or a dreary day always lifts my spirit. And I’m not alone. My kids drink a lot more cocoa, chai, or cappuccino on those types of days. My daughter especially enjoys a good cup of caramel flavored cappuccino. Well, mom’s love hugging their kids and seeing smiles on their faces so that means going to the kitchen to see if I can create a caramel cappuccino mix. Here’s what I put together!
Instant Caramel Cappuccino Mix
Jars/Zip Lock Bags for Storage
1 cup instant coffee
3 cups powdered dry milk (I prefer Sanalac brand but any will work)
1 1/2 cup powdered caramel coffee creamer
1 cup sugar
2 small boxes of instant butterscotch pudding
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”.