Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sugar-Free Peppermint Patty Latte

Curling up with this homemade latte is perfect for a snowy day.

1 Cup Skim Milk
Dark Chocolate Syrup (I use Hershey's sugar-free from the grocery store.)
Sugar-free Torani Peppermint Syrup
1-2 shots Espresso

Now I'd tell you the amounts, but everyone's taste is different. The sugar-free syrups are not as sweet, so you may need more. Start with a tablespoon of each. You can go to 2 Tablespoons of sugar-ree chocolate syrup without worrying about the point values. And the sugar-free peppermint is 0 points/calories.

I have a little espresso/latte machine that only does one little cup at a time. I just bought it at K-Mart because I was tired of paying $3-5 for a latte and not being able to guarantee the flavor level. So now I can make it at home to my taste. I think I paid $60 or 70 for my Hamilton Beach. It's my third one because I tried to go cheap on the machine. It's still not the best, but it works since I'm the only one who makes lattes. If there were more than me, it couldn't keep up with it in a reasonable time frame. If I had a little more money, I'd buy a better machine. I think you could get a better one for under $100.

Now translate that into one latte a day. Let's say it's $3/day. You've paid for the machine in less than a month.

I also realize you have to buy the syrups, milk, and the coffee. But add it up. You're still ahead in the first month and it's done to your liking.

Anyway, the Weight Watcher points for a 10-12 ounce sugar-free. skim latte is 2 points. Add real chocolate and take it up to 3 points. I use real chocolate when I'm away from home because I don't like the watery sugar-free chocolate or the powder versions.

I hope you curl up with a sugar-free peppermint patty latte soon:-)
Angie
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