Friday, December 9, 2011

Twenty Five Days of Treats - Day 9

More yumminess in a cup!

About 6 weeks ago, I was out shopping with a kiddo at lunchtime, and of course, we hit the Golden Arches.  It was close, and we were hungry.  Well, the only thing I've found on their menu that does not disturb the "Gluten Gods" is a mocha.  On their board was a peppermint mocha.  "Ooooooh - sounds so good" says that little voice in my head. So I listened and ordered and didn't live to regret it.

But then, The Cheapskate in my head started piping up about how I could make an entire pot of organic free trade coffee for the price of one mocha, and how I could make the syrup myself as well.  So I had to listen to that voice as well.  Here are the results:

SPH Peppermint Syrup
2 c. sugar (I use organic Florida Crystals)
1 c. water
1 t. peppermint extract (I use either McCormick brand or Simply Organic or Frontier)

Place sugar and water in a heavy saucepan.  Bring to a bubble over medium high heat.  As soon as it starts to bubble, add extract.  Allow to bubble until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (it will look like thin pancake syrup).  Pour into jars with tight fitting lids.

As is, this will keep a month on a countertop.  If you want to, you can put the syrup in canning jars and do the boiling water process business, and let it boil for 15 minutes.  Now, it will keep for up to 6 months.  For a gift, you can put it into bottles that have corks.  Be sure to decorate the bottle nicely.

Add to coffee, pour over ice cream - just ENJOY!

And when you're done, leave comments on Day 5 so you can enter the giveaway!


Amy Dingmann said...

Nice!! You're just full of ideas, aren't you?

forgetmenot said...

Yum! Love your posts!