As I play with my new espresso machine – and the many flavored syrups and coffee beans my sweet honey purchased along with it – I have found many combinations that have worked and many that have not. Finding the ones that work, of course, make me the giddiest. Some have even inspired a little, caffeinated, happy-dance of joy. Yes, that’s a real thing.
I have listed below the top three flavor combinations that have inspired such dancing. Definitely give these favorites a try if you have the opportunity to do so. I bet they make you dance, too – or at the very least say, “mmm, yummy.”
- White Christmas: Fresh Ground Espresso (original/regular espresso flavored), Frothed Milk with White Chocolate and Peppermint Flavoring, topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon
Invented on Christmas morning, this flavor is 2 parts white chocolate (sweet and smooth) with 1 part peppermint for a touch of minty goodness to tone down the sweetness and create a cheery Christmas taste. The cinnamon on top adds a lovely aroma with every sip and gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling.
- Sea Salt Caramel: Fresh Ground Espresso (original/regular espresso flavored), Frothed Milk with Chocolate and Caramel Flavoring, topped with a swirl of caramel and a sprinkle of sea salt
Created because I love the sea salt caramel latte at Starbucks, but I don’t like how sweet it is. It took a few (somewhat amusing) tries before I found the proper balance of sweetness on this one. 2 parts chocolate and 1 part caramel is the way to go – the extra sweetness and caramel flavor comes from the actual caramel that is drizzled on top to complete the drink. I use – just a dash – of sea salt on top of the caramel drizzle. Trust me, a little sea salt goes a looooooong way and you know when you have put too much. If balanced right, this coffee tastes just like delicious fall in a mug.
- Chocolate Pecan: Fresh Ground Espresso (Mocha Java Flavored), Frothed Milk with Butter Pecan and Chocolate Flavoring, topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon
Invented because I love chocolate and pecan flavors – so I decided to try them together (that simple.) It came out amazing and is still my favorite combination. The game changer on this one is the freshly ground mocha java espresso – it really makes the drink. 2 parts butter pecan, 1 part chocolate – all parts amazing. The sprinkle of cinnamon on top is as much for the yummy cinnamon aroma as it is for aesthetics. Everyone loves a pretty coffee.