I did something a little crazy last week. I threw out my gross Keurig. I came down the stairs one morning, took one look at the white gunky film that covered the inside of the water reservoir (despite my just cleaning it the week before) and thought to myself, “If it looks this gross on the outside… gulp.” I didn’t even hesitate. I tossed it. It made lame coffee anyway! Oversaturating the center grounds, ignore the outer grounds, and the constant upkeep. That, and my husband and I both wanted coffee at the same time without all the work.
I made a decision.
I went out and bought the Ninja Coffee System and, oh my goodness, I am in love with my coffee again. It’s like having French Press coffee without the effort. Mornings are blissful again as the husband and I pour our own cups from the half-carafe we make on the weekdays. Dreamy sigh….
SO, with the fancy new frother built in and the “specialty brew” option, I was desperate to try my hand at my favorite coffeehouse drink: a simple caramel latte. Now, I know – it isn’t an espresso machine, but double-strength strong coffee is a decent alternative.
I found this espresso-based recipe from Mommy Hates Cooking that relatively matched these other homemade latte recipes (HERE and HERE), so I decided to see whether it was a keeper. All you need is milk, coffee, and a good caramel sauce.
I added my caramel sauce to the milk, microwaved it, and frothed it all together while the Ninja did the work of make my 1/2 cup specialty brew (strong, espresso-like coffee). Then, I poured my milk into the coffee and spooned the froth on top before adding a bit more caramel for decoration. It took less than 3 minutes to make. 2 more minutes if you want to get all ridiculous fancy with pouring your milk and decorating with the caramel.
FYI: Food stylist I am not. I care about eating it (or in this case, drinking it) ONLY, so it looks like a regular ol’ cup of coffee with foam.
Sorry, I didn’t mean to yell with my excitement there. I made a mug for my sister, too, who said it was delicious (though she added a lot more caramel sauce to hers than is “proper”).
The results are this:
Ninja Coffee System? Keeper.
Ghirardelli Caramel Sauce? Total Keeper.
Homemade Caramel Latte? Easily a keeper!
PS – This post contains affiliate links for the coffee maker and caramel sauce only because we used them, loved them, and think you’d love them, too.