Mid-life Without the Crisis

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Coffee, Java, Cup o' Joe...

Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation. ~Author Unknown

One of my fondest memories of childhood was when Mom and Dad would let us children have a small cup filled with about 1/2 coffee, 1/2 milk, and lots of sugar. We didn't get it very often, but it was such a treat.

When I think of family vacations, I remember sleeping in the back seat while Dad drove all night to some destination. I'd hear Mom ask him if he was ready for a refill, and she'd open up a thermos and the aroma of coffee would fill the car. The smell alone was enough to wake me up.

It seems I have the genetic predisposition to love coffee. In fact, as I've gotten older, I love it more, and in more forms. I thought I'd share some of my favorite options with you.

A recent discovery is that Werther's Original has a coffee flavored caramel hard candy. I got some from a niece for my birthday. I popped one in thinking it was a regular caramel. Imagine my surprise as the taste of coffee flooded my mouth! You really should give these a try if you are a fan of coffee, caramel, and hard candies.

For a while now, I've been making chocolate coffee by putting a little cocoa in the bottom of my mug before adding hot coffee. That method works fine, but I had a coupon for $1 off a Folger's product and I decided to pick up a Chocolate Silk. Man, is that stuff good! The minute it starts brewing, the chocolate and coffee aromas fill the kitchen. I'll have to try it in my next suggestion.

Home-made frappuccino. Put a cup of strong coffee (chocolate is my fave) in a blender. Add about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of milk, as much sugar as you normally take in your coffee, and about 6 ice cubes. Blend that up until the ice cubes are finely chopped, and then pour into a tall glass. Something about the milk and the blender makes this so frothy, you won't believe it. Great for those hot Missouri mornings.

Speaking of having some coffee even if it's hot, how about coffee ice cream? There are several makers of good coffee ice cream, including Starbucks, of course, but Ben & Jerry's has what is probably my favorite one (Coffee Heath Bar Crunch). It's the goodness of that morning cup of coffee mixed with the sinfully good treat of an evening ice cream - makes your whole day yummy!

What other forms of coffee or coffee scent do you enjoy? Please share with us. :)


lydia. said...

Thanks for your kind words and encouragement on my post, Judy!
I appreciate it. :)

Now, onto coffee.
I love coffee. So much.
I think that I, much like yourself, had that genetic predisposition to love it.
I had my first cup when I was about 4 years old.
My grandpa would do the same as your parents, giving cups to me occasionally as a treat.
Now I do the same for my little sister, Chloe.
Just passing on a caffeine addiction! No big deal. haha. :)

J.R. Davis said...

I totally forgot to mention my favorite coffee-flavored cookie! They're called Cappuccino Royales and I got the recipe from the book "Key Lime Pie Murder" by Joanne Fluke.

Carrie said...

I'm going to have to have a cup o' joe now! I work with a lady from Poland who drinks her coffee with with a lot of sugar, milk, and a bag of back tea in it but I've yet to try that :)