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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Torani Syrups Review: A Sponsored Post for SheSpeaks & Torani

I was recently sent two 750ml bottles of Torani syrups, a recipe booklet to suggest ways to enjoy the syrups and coupons for $1 off Torani syrups to share, from Torani and SheSpeaks.  This is a sponsored post but all of the opinions are my own. 

I love coffee but I'm not a coffee connoisseur; my 2 coffee drinks per morning need to be sweet, light and creamy and only have a hint of coffee flavor with a nice kick of caffeine to get me through the day.  I usually achieve this by brewing the coffee then dumping a bunch of creamer into my cup.  But I'm not into weird ingredients (seriously...look at the list on some flavored creamers) and I knew that was exactly what I was getting myself into with most flavored creamers.  The natural versions made me happy for a while but there was just something off about the taste.  I sometimes just go with regular cream and sugar but then I crave the flavors I love so much and my local grocery store doesn't carry the cream I use so I often end up with regular creamers anyway.  I knew there had to be something better out there, but where the heck was it?  I don't buy Starbucks anymore because I can't stomach their prices but I love the way their coffee drinks taste.  So sweet, but with no funky aftertaste.  So...wonderful. 

Then I get this opportunity to try Torani and I'm like, "There's something else- something I can buy in stores- to maybe make my coffee taste like the heaven I've been searching for every morning?  I'm SO in!"  I waited patiently for my Torani to arrive and when it did I had already had my two cups for the day.  So I did what any sane person who shouldn't have more caffeine would do and I started making another cup.  And I found it!  I found the coffee I've been searching for.  In MY house.  Awesome!

So, I received the Torani regular Peppermint and regular Salted Caramel syrups.  My heart kind of sank when I saw the Salted Caramel and lifted a little when I saw the Peppermint.  One of my favorite coffee drinks involves peppermint and mocha.  About a month ago I tried a salted caramel creamer and it was one of the most disgusting things I ever drank.  And I was so sure I'd love it because I love caramel, but it was reason enough for me to be afraid of this bottle. 
I decided to suck it up and try the salted caramel in case I really hated it so that I could maybe trick some people into coming over to drink the rest of it so I wouldn't have to throw it away.  That is how damaged I was by the last time I tried that flavor.  I read the directions: 1oz (2 Tbsp) to a cup of coffee.  Going for some equally simple I added a shot of milk, took a deep breath and drank.  And it was really, really good!  You can imagine how shocked I was to like this...a lot, after hating the other version so much. 
In the following days I alternated between the Salted Caramel and the Peppermint for my 2 cups.  While I do love peppermint flavor I prefer it to include chocolate, so most days I added half the recommended syrup with a shot of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup to my coffee and I've been oh-so happy making my coffee every morning since.  I didn't try any other recipes; I was enjoying my delicious coffee too much to "waste" it on anything else!  I would be curious to see what these would taste like in other foods and drinks.  It seems like you could add these to anything sweet.  Maybe I'll add a little to some vanilla ice cream or cake mix.  I've seen some good ideas in the recipe book they provided and from other bloggers that have tried Torani syrups.  I can't wait to try more flavors!

My Peppermint Mocha daily indulgence.
What I like best is the lack of freaky ingredients:  Pure cane sugar, water, natural flavors, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (to preserve freshness), citric acid [and] caramel color in the Salted Caramel syrup.  It may not be perfect, but it's a heck of a lot better than what you might see if you look at what's readily available in the grocery store. 
Another plus: Made in the US.  That's tough to find! 
There are more than 60 regular flavors and more than 30 sugar-free (Splenda) flavors of syrup.  Some look fabulous and some look a little strange (chicken and waffles...what?).  But it's just amazing the selection they have, and amazing that I never knew about these before. 

What I don't like:
I seem to have some trouble locating these in the grocery store. 
The price seems scary at first.  About $8 for a 750ml bottle.  That's about the size of one of the bigger bottles of creamer, so when I thought about that I was a little bothered.  But after almost finishing two bottles I know now- there is no comparison between the two products.  For one: I use significantly less of the Torani than I do the creamer because a little goes a long way, and I can use less milk or cream because of the saturated flavors in the syrup.  It's worth it. 

Rather than dreading making a cup of coffee everyday (yes, I needed it but I dreaded it) I woke up excited every morning.

What's your favorite way to drink coffee?  Do you have a favorite creamer or syrup?  Which flavor of Torani syrup would you most like to try? 

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