My taste buds are a strange phenomenon. Unlike most people of the world my morning routine does not consist of a cup of coffee. On a rare occasion I do enjoy an iced coffee or latte but for the most part I rarely drink coffee at all. But the strange thing is I love the way it smells (it reminds me of my grandmother) and I love coffee flavored or infused food. Take this coffee cake, or these mocha brownies, and these espresso brownies are seriously one of my absolute favs!
So naturally when I saw Starbucks Ice Cream I knew I had to try it. (That love of coffee flavored treats sometimes has a mind of its own.) And if you are a coffee lover too then you will love this ice cream; smooth and creamy and full of that coffee flavor. I mean this is just my opinion (no, Starbucks didn’t pay me to pimp their product, I just love to indulgent in it!), so be sure to try it yourself (but honestly you can take my word for it).
And since it is ice cream week, I decided to take this velvety, creamy coffee ice cream and make it even more indulgent and rich. Today while 1 out of 4 Americans (don’t quote me on that little fact, I kinda just made it up based on my daily observations) drink their morning cup of Joe, I will start my day with one of these bad boys: Pumped Up Caramel Macchiato Shake.
Pumped Up Caramel Macchiato Shake
by Heather of Kitchen Concoctions: www.kitchen-concoctions.com
Prep Time: 10 minutes Serves 2
1 pint Starbucks Caramel Macchiato
2 tablespoons brewed espresso (or strong coffee), cooled
2 tablespoons caramel sauce
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately. Makes 2 large or 4 small shakes.