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.|
Another plus: Made in the US. That's tough to find!
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.
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?