I am proud to say that it has been well over a year and a half since I last had Starbucks. Fo' real. I was pregnant when I last had Starbucks. And I have purchased one cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee since Elliott was born 15 months ago. Uno. Why?
This particular recipe is in Food Network Magazine this month (thanks to my MIL for the subscription--great gift). I'll bet you have all the ingredients in your home already!
Almost-Famous Mocha Frappes
Make the chocolate syrup: Combine the sugar and cocoa powder in a saucepan and slowly whisk in 2/3 cup hot water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking, until the sugar dissolves, 3 to 5 minutes; do not boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate, honey and vanilla until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until cool.
Make the frappes: Puree 8 coffee ice cubes, 1/2 cup milk, 1/3 to 1/2 cup chocolate syrup and 1 cup plain ice in a blender until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses, then repeat to make 2 more drinks. Top with whipped cream and more chocolate syrup.
(I personally don't like whipped cream on top of my drinks, so I am omitting it. For me, it doesn't add enough flavor value for the calories it adds. To each his own!)
Added bonus of making these drinks at home? You're not selling out to "the man". Boo-yah!
So what's your take on Starbucks? Love 'em? Hate 'em? I want to hear your opinion!