Coffee is my best friend. Not just any coffee but the kind with amazing flavor. I love visiting coffee shops for a good coffee, latte, cappuccino or just about anything that contains caffeine. One of my favorite drinks is frozen or blended coffee, mostly referred to as the frappuccino. Generally, I keep my coffee at home to a minimum and don’t get too fancy. I’m big on coffee creamers. Two of my favorites are French Vanilla and Peppermint Mocha. This time I decided to step outside the box.
I’m a big fan of Nestle Coffee-mate creamers. I have tried quite a few. I have never tried Hazelnut though. I like nuts (maybe even Hazelnuts, I’m not sure). It’s just not a flavor that has ever appealed to me enough to purchase it. You only live once so I set out to make my own version of a frappuccino (aka a milkshake). The ingredients are so simple – vanilla ice cream, whipped topping and Nestle Coffee-mate Hazelnut creamer. It’s really that simple. I used about four cups of ice cream and two cups of creamer. Then I topped it with the whipped cream and sprinkled red and green chocolate chips on the top.
I’ll be honest, I was a little worried about the kids liking them. At first, all my son wanted to do was dig the chocolate chips out of the whipped cream. It was cute so I let him.
In the end, they loved it! My daughter doesn’t care for nuts so I was surprised that she enjoyed it. I was for sure that she was going to take a sip and put it down. She drank the whole cup. My son loves nuts but he doesn’t care for ice cream (believe it or not) and he almost drank the whole thing! My milkshake mockery of a frappuccino was successful. Really… the only difference is I didn’t add ice.
There are THREE firsts for me in this post. The first one was never trying Hazelnut coffee creamer. The second is that I have never even thought about baking with coffee creamer. That could partially be because I’m not a natural in the kitchen. You want to know what the third one is? This is the first time I have EVER made homemade frosting. You heard me right. I always buy it in a can… shhh.
Even though I ventured out with the frosting, I’m not ready to attempt cake made from scratch yet. So I went with a Chocolate Fudge cake mix. It takes the standard box ingredients such as water, eggs, oil and the mix. The ingredients and exact directions will be on whatever box of cake mix you decide on.
Did I mention that Santa came early?! Yes, this is our first time using our fancy new mixer. Yes, this is fancy (compared to the one that just broke). This replaced a $7 hand mixer I had for 14 years. My son was very intrigued on how this mixer worked.
Once it was finished mixing the ingredients, he was eye balling it like he wanted to lick the mixer attachments. Luckily, he didn’t ask because Mommy would have said no to him snacking on raw eggs. It was too cute to not show off though.
He was very happy once they were done and ready to go into the oven. Apparently, he had enough though because he ditched out on me while I made the frosting.
One thing I never dreamed of was using coffee creamer for anything besides coffee. I thought it was pretty brilliant to use it to make homemade frosting. Seriously, this was one of the easiest things to make. If I can do this, anyone can. Here are the simple ingredients and recipe:
- 1/2 cup of Butter (not margarine), softened
- 1/4 tsp of Salt
- 4 cups of Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 cup Nestle Coffee-mate Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer
To make this is simple. You beat the butter and salt with a mixer until fluffy. Then you add sugar and creamer a little at a time until it’s all mixed in. If it’s too thin, add a little powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add a little creamer. If you want color, add some food coloring. Just a little tip, if you want vibrant color, use gel food coloring.
I love peppermint so I knew that I would like my cupcakes. My hubby isn’t big on minty things. The 1/2 of a cup of Nestle Coffee-mate Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer was perfect. It tasted of peppermint but not too strong. Our toddler doesn’t care for cake but ate the whole thing. I know, I know… my people are picky eaters. Our son prefers candy and crackers over everything (that doesn’t mean he gets it though).
Overall, we had an amazing dessert. More sugar than we probably have had in one week but it was so worth it! I’m definitely looking forward to trying out more Nestle Coffee-mate creamers in my recipes as I start to explore the kitchen. No worries, I’ll share everything I learn with you! Check out my Google+ album to see a play by play of our shopping trip for all this goodness. Be sure to use this coupon to save money on Nestle! Be sure to follow Nestle on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on their latest news and promotions.
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