It’s just a few days before Christmas, but I have the perfect cup of coffee for gift opening, or Christmas morning, or every morning for the past 2 weeks (but maybe that’s just me). Here’s a picture of little Muffin telling us lattes aren’t for breakfast (you can’t tell but he’s offering us some of his Cheerios!)
I’ve long wanted to make a Candy Cane Latte, but disliked using peppermint extract since it so easily overpowers everything else. Cue my favorite Hershey Kisses! These kisses are already the perfect blend of peppermint, so they just enhance the latte, while the chocolate from the candy adds a thick creaminess to the drink. Perfection!
So go! Run to the store and get horde of Candy Cane Kisses before they’re gone, and make up some delicious lattes for everyone on Christmas morning!
*If you’re feeling lazy (like I do most days) and don’t want to chop the kisses, just make sure to stir very well, scrapping the bottom with a whisk.
*You can replace the instant coffee with a shot of two of espresso.
*You could also omit the instant coffee and decrease the milk to about 6 oz, filling the remainder of the cup with strongly brewed coffee.
*If you don’t have any chocolate protein powder, replace it with Ovaltine or hot cocoa mix.
*Use any whisk you'd like, but I've found that this one works best.
Candy Cane Latte
8-10 oz skim milk
5 Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped and roughly chopped
1 tbsp instant coffee
Heat the milk in the microwave for 1 ½ to 2 minutes or until the milk is hot and steaming, but not boiling. Stir in the chopped (or whole) Candy Cane Kisses. Return to the microwave for an additional 20 seconds.
Stir with a small whisk until the candies are dissolved. The milk will take on a pinkish hue. Whisk in the coffee and protein powder. Drink hot.