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Toasted Marshmallow Coffee Creamer

145g / 5 oz marshmallows (about 25 regular marshmallows)
3 c half and half or 1 1/2 c milk & 1 1/2 c cream or 3 c coconut milk
3/4 c sugar
pinch of salt

Warm 1 c half and half in the microwave and set aside. Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the bottom of a non stick pan. Heat over medium heat to caramelize the sugar. Shake the pan gently to evenly distribute the sugar and to caramelize the sugar evenly. (Dry Caramel method). Caramelize the sugar until it turns a dark amber and almost burnt ( don’t leave the pan at this stage as the caramel will begin to burn very quickly.) Remove pan from the heat and immediately (but gently) pour the warm milk into the sugar (be careful as the milk may splatter). Stir the sugar and milk together over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved in the milk completely. Add salt and marshmallow and stir to dissolve. Remove from the heat and strain to remove any undissolved marshmallows. Mix the rest of the half n half and let it cool to room temp. Pour the creamer into sealable bottles and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


Disneyland’s Hot Chocolate (sixsistersstuff)

1 c 2% milk
1/2 c heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 c cocoa powder (not a printing error)
1 T sugar
1 T milk chocolate, grated
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/8 t vanilla
whipped cream for topping
ground cinnamon for topping

In a medium sauce pan, pour milk and heavy cream. Heat over medium-high heat (be sure to watch it carefully – you don’t want it to boil or scald!). In a large bowl, whisk together cocoa, sugar and milk chocolate. Slowly add this dry mixture to the milk mix until completely combined. Reduce heat to medium. Add in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and stir until completely combined. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 min. Remove from heat and serve in individual mugs. Top with whipped cream, ground cinnamon and additional chocolate shavings if desired.

Fermented Orange Juice (ohlardy)

2 1/2 c orange juice, fresh squeezed
1/2 t culture starter or 2 T whey
filtered water
sea salt

Take 1 qt mason jar. Add orange juice (can cheat and buy fresh squeezed at the store.) Add culture starter or whey and pinch of salt/ Fill with approx 1 c room temp filtered water, leaving 1″ or so of head space. Cover tightly , give a quick shake to mix and leave at room temp for 48 hours. Refrigerate and enjoy! Be sure to open carefully as gases do build up during fermentation!! Good by itself or with Vodka.

Fermented Grapefruit Juice (ohlardy)

2 1/2 c fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1 c filtered water
1/2 t culture starter or 2 T whey
pinch sea salt

Pour juice and water into quart size mason jar. Add culture starter or whey. Add pinch of salt. Cover tightly , give a quick shake to mix and leave at room temp for 24 – 48 hours. Refrigerate and enjoy! Be sure to open carefully as gases do build up during fermentation!! Great with Vodka or by itself.

Warm Butterbeer (hollyscheatday)

1/4 c sweetened condensed milk
1/4 c butterscotch topping
2 T whipped butter, room temp
1 1/2 c vanilla cream soda

In a glass measuring cup or small heatproof bowl place your condensed milk, butterscotch topping and butter. Heat in the microwave for 1 min but watch carefully so it doesn’t boil over. Carefully remove from the microwave and stir until everything is incorporated, set aside. In another heat safe container, heat the cream soda in the microwave for about 90 seconds, just watch carefully. Divide butterscotch mix evenly among 2 mugs and fill the rest of the glasses with the warmed cream soda. Mix thoroughly. Garnish with whipped cream and more butterscotch topping and enjoy!! Makes 2 drinks.

Natural Ginger Ale (wellnessmama)

1 – 2″ piece of fresh ginger root, minced, adjust this to taste.
1/2 c organic sugar or rapadura sugar (if using plain sugar add 1 T molasses for flavor and minerals)
1/2 c fresh lemon or lime juice
1/2 t sea salt or himalayan salt
8 c filtered (chlorine free) water
1/2 c homemade ginger bug (or can use 1/4 c whey for a faster recipe though the flavor won’t be quite as good)

Make a “wort” for your ginger ale by placing 3 c water, minced ginger root, sugar (and molasses if needed) and salt in a saucepan and bringing to a boil. Simmer the mix for about 5 min until sugar is dissolved and mix starts to smell like ginger. Remove from heat and add additional water. This should cool it but if not, allow to cool to room temp before moving to the next step. Add fresh lemon or lime juice and ginger bug (or whey). Transfer to a 2 qt glass mason jar with a tight fitting (air-tight) lid. Stir well and put lid on. Leave on the counter for 2 – 3 days until carbonated and transfer to the fridge where it will last indefinitely. Watch this step carefully. Using whey will cause it to ferment more quickly and it will take less time. It should be bubbling and should “hiss” like a soda when the lid is removed. This is very temp dependent and the mix may need to be burped or stirred during this fermentation time on the counter. As with any traditional fermented drink, it is more of an art than a science as it depends on the strength of your culture, the temp of your house and the sugar used. The final mix should smell of ginger and slightly of yeast/fermentation and should be fizzy. Watch carefully that it doesn’t become too carbonated as this will cause too much pressure and may result in an exploding jar! The mix can be strained and transferred to Grolsch style bottles before putting in the fridge. Strain before drinking. Enjoy!

How to Make a Ginger Bug (wellnessmama)

1 – 2 fresh ginger roots
1/2 c sugar (important for starting the culture. Honey, stevia or other sweeteners will not work)
2 c filtered water

Cut a piece of ginger root about 1 1/2″long to make 2 – 3 T of grated ginger. You can also finely chop instead of grating. There is some debate about if it is better to peel the root or not. My genera rule is that non-organic ginger gets peeled and organic just gets rinsed before grating. Place the ginger in a quart size mason jar and add an equal amount of sugar (2 – 3 T). Nourishing Traditions insists that white sugar is needed to create the bug and I’ve had the best success with this, but a local friend claims that unrefined sugar or sugar with 1 t molasses added works better. Try what you have and adapt as needed. Add 2 c filtered water to the mason jar. Make sure that the water has been filtered so that it does not contain chlorine which can affect the culturing process. Stir with a non-metal spoon and lightly cover (with a coffee filter and rubber band.) Each day for the next 5 days, stir the mix at least once and add 1 T grated ginger root and 1 T sugar. Depending on temp, it may take up to 8 days of adding sugar and ginger to create the desired culture. You can tell if culture is active if there are bubbles forming around the top of the mix, it “fizzes” when stirred and it takes on a sweet and mildly yeasty smell. It will also become somewhat cloudy and opaque. If mold appears on the top, scrape it off if it can be removed. If this happens more than once, you will need to start again. If the mix hasn’t taken on these characteristics by the 7 – 8th day, you need to discard it and start again. Keep the culture away from other cultures like sauerkraut and kombucha or it can cross culture. Once the ginger bug has cultured, it can be used to create fermented sodas and drinks at the ratio of 1/4 c ginger bug starter per quart of sweetened herbal mix (for ginger ale or root beer) or diluted fruit juice (for fruit flavored sodas). Note: To keep the bug alive and continue growing it, you will need to feed it regularly. Add 1 t minced ginger and 1 t sugar per day if kept at room temp. You can also “rest” it in the fridge and feed it 1 T each of ginger and sugar once a week. To reactivate it, remove and let it reach room temp and begin feeding it again. Use this to make Natural Ginger Ale.

Jamaican Ginger Beer (homemadedessertrecipes)


1 1/2 oz ground Jamaica ginger
1 1/2 oz cream of tartar
1 lb brown sugar
2 lemons, sliced
4 qts boiling water
1 pkg dry yeast in 1 pint of the water, lukewarm

Mix all ingredients together in a large stone crock or crockery bowl; allow to ferment for 24 hours; bottle. Brew will be ready for use in 2 weeks.

Homemade Frosted Coffee (anightowlblog)

Whipped Cream

1 pt heavy whipping cream
2 T powdered sugar
1/2 c International Delight Sweet Cream Creamer

In a chilled bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream on medium-high until soft peaks form. Add in powdered sugar and Sweet Cream Creamer and beat on medium-high until stiff peaks form.

Frosted Coffee

1 c International Delight Vanilla Iced Coffee
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
1 c ice

Blend International Delight Vanilla Iced Coffee, vanilla ice cream and ice together until smooth. Top with whipped cream and serve immediately. Makes 1 20 oz serving.

Sonic Ocean Water (bakingbeauty)

3 T water
3 T sugar
1 t coconut extract
2 12 oz cans lemon lime soda (like Sprite)
blue food coloring

In a small microwave safe bowl stir water and sugar together. Heat for 30 – 60 seconds or until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a pitcher or punch bowl. Stir in soda, coconut extract, and food coloring. Serve over ice. Makes 2 large drinks.

Applebee’s Kiwi Lemonade (blommi)

1 c sugar
1 c fresh lemon juice
2 kiwi
1 qt water
12 oz sparkling water

Peel and puree kiwis. Strain pureed kiwi to remove black seeds (opt). Combine water sugar and lemon juice and stir until sugar is dissolved. Fill glass 2/3 full of lemonade. Add a splash of kiwi juice and fill with sparkling water.

Melted Hot Chocolate With Sea Salt Whipped Cream (adventuresincooking)

Sea Salt Chocolate Whipped Cream

1 c heavy whipping cream
1 T sugar
3 t cocoa powder
3/4 t sea salt & extra for sprinkling

Beat the cream and sugar in an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment at medium high speed until the cream holds a very soft peak. Gently whisk in the sea salt and cocoa powder until incorporated. Cover and set aside.

Melted Hot Cocoa

4 oz dark 100% Cocoa Baker’s Chocolate
1 oz semi sweet Baker’s Chocolate
2 – 4 t honey to taste
3/4 c whole milk, at room temp

Melt chocolate pieces in the top of a double boiler, stirring constantly. Add the honey and milk and continue stirring until it’s one fluid mix and becomes very warm. Evenly distribute the cocoa between 2 serving glasses and top with the whipped cream and a pinch of sea salt for garnish. Serve immediately.

Toffee Coffee for One (kraftrecipes)

3/4 c hot freshly brewed coffee
1 T chocolate syrup
1 T caramel ice cream topping
2 T thawed Cool Whip or whipped cream


Mix first 3 ingredients in cup or mug until blended. Top with Cool Whip.

Creamy Low Carb Chocolate Frosty Shake (lowcarbyum)


6 T heavy whipping cream
5 T unsweetened almond milk
1/8 t sugar free vanilla extract
2 T cocoa powder
1 1/2 t Truvia or equivalent sugar substitute

Start whipping cream with mixer until soft peaks form. Slowly add remaining ingredients. Continue beating until stiffer peaks form. Put mix in freezer. After 20 min, remove from freezer and stir with fork to break up frozen areas around edges. Keep checking mix every 20 min and stir until it’s cold enough and the right consistency. Makes 1 serving.

Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade (consumerqueen)

1 1/2 c lemonade (like Simply Lemonade)
6 scoops vanilla ice cream
lemons for garnish (opt)

Blend lemonade and ice cream together. Serve in chilled glasses and garnish with lemon slices. Make sure to use a good quality ice cream otherwise it can get foamy when blended.

Perfect Iced Coffee in a Keurig (gimmedelicious)

1 small Keurig coffee cup
8 – 12 oz cup filled with iced
2 T half & half or Evaporated milk
3 – 4 t sugar to taste

Turn the coffee maker on and it will automatically begin heating up the water. While it’s heating up the water go ahead and fill a big glass with ice all the way to the top. When the Coffee maker reads “open head” go ahead and insert your favorite flavor of coffee or use the per-measured “my k-cup” and fill it up with your own coffee. Select your cup size. Now press “brew” and watch your coffee brew instantly. After the coffee is done dripping, remove the cup from the coffee maker and add the cream and sugar. If you are serious about your iced-coffee you can even freeze premade coffee in ice cube trays and use them when you make coffee. Serves: 1.

Tumeric Tea


1 c almond or coconut milk
1/2 t turmeric
1/2″ wide round slice of ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
dash of cayenne pepper
1/2 – 1 t honey or other sweetener

Gently warm the almond or coconut milk on the stove. In a mug, combine the remaining ingredients. Drizzle 1 t warmed milk into the mug and mix until the liquid is smooth with no lumps. Add the rest of the milk and mix well. You can leave the pieces of ginger in the tea, or strain it out before drinking. Makes 1 serving.

Optional Additions

a small pat of butter



Brazilian Lemonade (playzwithfood)

6 c cold water
1 c sugar
4 limes (can sub lemons)
6 T sweetened condensed milk

Mix water and sugar together until sugar is dissolved. Put in the fridge to chill until ready to use. Use soap and water to thoroughly wash the limes. You want to scrub really well because you are going to be using the whole lime! After you’ve washed and scrubbed your limes, cut the ends off the limes (will cause bitterness) (DO NOT MISS THIS STEP!) and then cut them into eighths. Place half of the limes and half of the sugar water in your blender and pulse 5 times. Immediately strain through a fine mesh strainer into the pitcher that you are going to serve it in. Discard the pulp. Repeat with the second half of your limes and sugar water. Mix in the sweetened condensed milk. Serve over lots of ice. Note: When picking your limes, try to pick out the ones with the thinnest, smoothest skin possible. Supposedly they are less bitter and the most juicy. If you do end up with a more bitter drink, add more sugar and maybe even a little more sweetened condensed milk to taste.

Tim Hortons Iced Cap (coffeecreations)

2 oz boiling water
2 T instant coffee
2 heaping T sugar or sugar substitute
4 – 6 ice cubes
1/3 c 15% cream or chocolate milk or regular milk

Mix first 3 ingredients together to make a syrup, put into blender. Add ice cubes and blend until slushy. Add cream and blend until frothy.

Starbucks Earl Grey Tea Latte (cookiemonstercooking)

1 earl grey tea bag
3/4 c boiling water
3/4 c milk
1/2 – 1 T vanilla syrup, depending on desired sweetness
sprinkle of cinnamon

Add the tea bag to a mug and pour in the boiling water. Let steep for at least 2 – 3 min (longer is you like it stronger). Remove the tea bag. Add milk to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Heat until just steaming (do not let the milk boil). Alternatively, you can heat the milk in the microwave. Add the milk to the mug and stir in the vanilla syrup. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy. If desired, you can whisk the steamed milk until very frothy before pouring it into the mug (or use a milk frother). Note: If you do not have vanilla syrup, you can substitute a teaspoon or so of regular granulated sugar and a splash of vanilla extract. Adjust the quantities to your own taste.