Friday, October 16, 2009

Food For Friday: Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Copycat & Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

With fall in full swing, we have been enjoying some fall treats at home. This time of year always makes me crave Starbuck's Caramel Apple Spice drink. One day I wondered if I could find a recipe to make them at home. I did! I also love the cinnamon sugar roasted almonds at our local natural food market, but I don't love the price. I searched for a recipe to make them at home and found a perfect match. These are two of my favorite treats this autumn!

I found an ingredient list online for Starbuck's Caramel Apple Spice drink. One key ingredient is their Cinnamon Dolce syrup. I discovered that they will sell you a bottle (as long as you catch them on a day where they have plenty of bottles in stock) and I was shocked at how affordable the price was. Only $6.00 and some change for this huge bottle of Cinnamon Dolce syrup!

Ingredients:
100% Apple Juice (they use Tree Top)
Caramel Ice Cream Topping (I love this no mess squeeze bottle of Smuckers because it's easy to use straight from the fridge and doesn't require a spoon)
Whipped cream
Starbuck's Cinnamon Dolce syrup

Simply heat up a mug of apple juice in the microwave. Add 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of Cinnamon Dolce syrup (depending on how strong you like the cinnamon flavor) and a squeeze of caramel topping and stir. Top with whipped cream and caramel.

It's that easy and tastes exactly like the Carmel Apple Spice drink I love at Starbucks! And I can enjoy it for a fraction of the cost without leaving home.

These Cinnamon Roasted Almonds are delicious and easy and I absolutely love the cinnamon scent that fills our home while they are baking!

Ingredients:

1 egg white
1 teaspoon cold water
4 cups whole almonds
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Lightly grease a 10x15 inch rimmed baking sheet.

Lightly beat the egg white; add water, and beat until frothy but not stiff. Add the nuts, and stir until well coated. Mix the sugar, salt, and cinnamon, and sprinkle over the nuts. Toss to coat, and spread evenly on the prepared pan.

Bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until golden. Allow to cool, then store nuts in airtight containers.

6 comments:

Dawn said...

I love to make these nuts, too! The carmel apple spice drink sounds yummy - I'll have to get some of the syrup and try it.

Hope you're all recovered from your food poisoning. That is an aweful experience - one my hubby and I both have experienced, too. You may want to consider giving the health department a call and giving them the info. It may prevent others from being sickened, too.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Rue said...

Hi Amber :)

Okay, now I'm officially craving starbucks AND roasted almonds! Looks like a run to the store is in order ;)

Thank you so much for the sweet kitchen compliment!

rue

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

This looks fantastic! I'm trying this tomorrow. Yum. Thanks for stopping by my site and leaving a comment :).

Blessings,
Beth

Anonymous said...

Amber:
Thak you for posted these recipes. I am inspired to make the alomonds for Christmas gifts.

recklessbliss said...

Wow thanks for the recipe! I empty my savings account at starbucks because I'm such a sucker for those delicious beverages but they're so $$$! I can't wait to try this one out instead. Check out my blog if you get a chance, I lvoe getting new readers http://recklessbliss.blogspot.com/
God bless!

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