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As a barista, I have learned two very important things.
1. Don’t hold the metal pitcher itself when steaming the milk.
and 2. You can put vanilla syrup in just about anything.
I used to believe vanilla syrup was designated only for vanilla lattes, but as it turns out, we use it in a lot of ways as a sweetener. You wouldn’t know your kid is drinking a vanilla hot chocolate, for instance, but if you ask us to make Junior a hot chocolate and we explain that we use a dark chocolate (that is, therefore, not very sweet) and you ask us to sweeten it for him, BAM, vanilla hot chocolate.
It adds a toasty sweetness unlike simple syrup that tastes great in anything.
When I make coffee for myself at home, it just isn’t the same without the vanilla flavor I’ve come to know and love, but the store bought syrups cost about $4 for only 12 oz. and I could go through that in, like, a week.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 c granulated sugar
1 c water
1 tsp vanilla extract
Here’s what you’ll do:
1. Put the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat on high till it comes to a boil.
2. Whisk boiling mixture until all sugar has dissolved.
3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Seal in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month.
Here’s the best part:
12 oz vanilla syrup at the store: $4
1 cup granulated sugar: $0.30
1 cup water: virtually free
1 tsp vanilla extract: $0.08
This recipe: $0.38 for 25% more vanilla syrup
Until next time, cheers!