Okay, all Starbuck's and coffee elitists please step away from your computer. I am slightly addicted to gas station french vanilla cappuccino. Gasp! I know, I know. For a coffee elitist, gas station and cappuccino don't belong in the same sentence.
But I.love.them. Yes I have a sweet tooth. No I can't stand coffee unless it is totally adulterated with flavored creamer and plenty of sweetener. I tried Starbucks once. It was...let's just say...it was not for me.
I know they are loaded with calories and fat. I know they are not good for me. Fortunately I don't go to town everyday. I do limit myself to one or two a week, usually in the small size. They are a little indulgence for me...and a very affordable one at on around $1.00 per 8 oz cup. After all, if I buy 2 a week that's only $2.00/week, which is an average of $8.67/month...ummm $104/year. Yikes! I can think of a lot of things I'd rather do with $104 than add inches to my waistline. But ooooh they are good!
So in the interest of saving some of that $104, and maybe coming up with a less calorie laden cup of joe, I went in search of a recipe. I found one that sounded good, but it was way too weak and not nearly as sweet as the gas station cappucino. So I added a little more of this, a lot more of that, and a touch of chocolate. I think I hit it pretty close.
French Vanilla Cappuccino Mix:
1/3 cup instant coffee
1 cup instant dry milk powder
1 cup powdered coffee creamer
3/4 cup sucralose (Splenda - I used Great Value)
1/4 cup instant sugar free vanilla pudding mix
1/4 cup powdered chocolate drink mix (like Nestle quick)
Mix well and store in airtight container. Makes about 3 1/2 cups of mix which makes about 19 cups.
To Use: Add 3 level Tablespoons of mix to 8 oz hot water.
Next time I think I will try it without the vanilla pudding and instead use french vanilla coffee creamer. You could use any flavor creamer you want to get different flavored cappuccino.
This recipe cost about $3.30 to make. Each serving costs about .17 cents. Assuming I buy two cappuccino's per week, I will save $1.66/week, $86.32/year or on average $7.19 per month.
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My tally so far:$1073.70/year