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Over the holidays, two things came together. Marsha over at The Better Baker posted a recipe for Hot Cinnamon Milk Mix which she found at Craftaholics Anonymous. This recipe used dry milk, flavored non-dairy creamer, sugar, and cinnamon. I made the recipe, and it was very good. The original recipe called for French Vanilla Flavored Creamer. I also made up a couple of batches using Irish Cream and Pumpkin Spice Creamers. I liked them too.
Then one of my local grocery stores had Torani syrups on sale for the whole month of December. I had $1.00 off coupons on these. That meant that I could purchase the syrups for $3.99 a bottle versus the regular price of $6.99. I had been thinking that I could take the Hot Cinnamon Milk recipe and use plain non-dairy creamer instead of the flavored creamer and use the syrups for the flavoring. That is what I did, and I think that it worked really well.
I have said that I get bored with food easily. This way I can make up a batch of the base mix and add whatever flavoring I want that day. I purchased three flavors: Butter Rum, Almond Roca, and Hazelnut. There are other flavors I want to try such as Coconut and Almond. Cinnamon or other spices could be added to the drink, too.
I reduced the amount of sugar from the original recipe as I found the drink a bit too sweet for me. A favorite sugar substitute could be used. I also use 1/4 c. instead of 1/3 cup of the mix.
Pick Your Flavor Hot Milk Drink
2 c. instant dry milk
1 c. plain powdered creamer
3/4 c. sugar or Splenda
Combine and mix well. Store in zip-top bag or air-tight container.
To use: Heat 1/2 c. milk and 1/2 c. water until hot. Stir in 1/4 to 1/3 c. of the above mix and 1 T. or more any flavor Torani syrup or other desired coffee flavoring syrup. Makes 1 (8 oz.) serving.
It is only January, but looking ahead, I think that a batch of the mix along with two or three flavors of the syrup put in recycled spice or similar bottles would make a nice Christmas gift.
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