Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thrifty Thursday Java Style

After 5 Question Friday a few weeks ago, I realized most people take their coffee way more seriously than I do. But if money were no object, I would seriously drink a mocha coffee Coolatta made with milk and with whipped cream every day of my life.
Will work for coffee
Let's go down memory lane...There was a time when statue man was an employee of Dunkin' Donuts. He was in high school and was perfectly capable of walking the short 5 minute walk home. But that was not what happened. I spent 10 minutes loading 2 toddlers into car seats made for Alcatraz residents. Then I drove the short 1 minute ride to pick him up. Why? No, it wasn't raining. Did this child have a broken leg? No, he was a perfectly healthy baseball player. Was I coddling this little boy? Of course not, this is the kid that didn't like the conditions at home, so he joined the Marine corps. I was coddling myself. Each time I picked him up, he had in his hands a large hazelnut coffee with extra cream just for me. You know, a little coffee with that cream. Oh, I was addicted. This went on for too many afternoons. Despite my daily four mile walks with my neighbor, I wondered why the dryer was shrinking all of my clothes. I also wondered why I couldn't fall asleep at night. I wondered if I could get a job there. Eventually the job ended and I had to go cold turkey off the afternoon java. I survived the withdrawals and haven't forced MattyG to apply there yet. One day, I made the mistake of tasting a Mocha Coffee Coolatta. I was in a quandary. I fell in love with them. But I also had this weird nagging feeling that paying over $3.00 for a coffee was just a poor investment not frugal. I really am a frugal person in most areas. When I indulged, I really felt bad knowing how hard my honey worked all day and he took his coffee in a mug from home. Where was I? I have a recipe to share. An Aggressive Thrift Recipe SSSHHHH I have a secret...I have learned the thrifty skill of making homemade coffee coolattas at a very reasonable price. Yes, I created this myself. It was not taken from another blogger. I found these at my local Bj's Wholesale Club, near the hot chocolate. They come as a 2 pack of 32 oz. for $1.99.
I started with some ice in a cup, necessary for the brain freeze effect.
Fill it halfway with the leftover coffee from this morning.
Shake the container and pour into glass. Ignore the weird clumps. I did a double take and smelled it, concerned about spoilage. It was safe. It is a concentrate.
It should look like this before you stir it.
Now there are two ways to top this off. I had fresh whipping cream in the refrigerator, but I felt lazy so I cheated.
I went to my freezer, which at any given moment has about 5 containers of Breyer's Ice Cream. (I am not a sales representative for Breyers, but our love affair has been going on for way too long, please don't tell the Gman.) Most of their ice cream is is made up of only a few ingredients. For example the vanilla has only 5 ingredients. I am not an earthy crunchy, but I am the food Nazi. The less artificial flavoring in a product, the more likely I am to be loyal to it. Some of my family is on the Feingold diet and this ice cream works for us.
I topped it off with Breyers Triple Chocolate, which, by the way, was an esthetically pleasing choice.
If I was a serious Coolatta addict: Instead of dropping $3.50 a day, plus tax and tip for a drink, I now can make it at home for about 32 cents a glass. If I did this all year, my potential for savings is about $1343.20.
If I was only a once a week splurger, I could save $191.36. a year.
Dave Ramsey would be proud! My coffee snob friends may start dropping in.
SSSSSSHHHHHH Remember, this is a secret recipe. If you are one of those people that cannot keep a secret, I am O.K. with that. Just let them know where you found it. In fact send them over to my blog. Maybe they want to try my snow monster recipe. Thanks for stopping by, TerriG


Lori Watson said...

Um, yeah, I'd drop in for one of those! YUM! :-D

viktoria said...
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viktoria said...

I can't wait to try making it! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the tip! I'm going to try it.