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    "Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening."
    ~Coco Chanel


    Thursday, September 18th, 2008

    DV's Iced Coffee


    So, my latest addiction for the past few months has been CC's iced coffee, especially caramel ones. I started to realize, however, just how ridiculously expensive that was getting.  At $3 or so a cu, I was spending over $1000 a year on iced coffee.  There are a thousand other things I could think of that I would do with an extra $1000, so I decided to make my own recipe.  Here is what you need:

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    3/4 c. to 1 c. of ground coffee. 

    I use Community Coffee, because it's my favorite, but chances are if you don't live in Louisiana you won't have access to it except through their website.  Last year around the holiday season, they were giving out free samples.  They may do it again this year, so you may want to check in.  Otherwise, your usual coffee will do of course.

    1 14-oz. can of sweetened condensed milk. 

    My picture shows two, because I wasn't sure exactly how much I would need, but trust me ONE is enough.

    1/4 c. to 1/2 c. flavored syrup. 

    I used DaVinci Gourmet, which I found in the coffee aisle.  Of course, I got caramel, but they offer other flavors also: hazelnut, vanilla, etc.  (I say "1/4 to 1/2 cup", because 1/4 was enough for me, but if you want it more flavor-y, you can add more to taste.)

    You will also need a container to put it in--I was looking for a sun tea jar--one of the ones with a spigot, but I couldn't find one, so I settled for this plastic thing from Walmart, which actually turned out to be super useful because I could shake it up.

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    First, you are going to brew your coffee.  You want to make it pretty strong, so I used 3/4 c., but it could be a little stronger.  You're going to make 12 cups of it.  I'm using this Hello Kitty coffee maker that I got from my Secret Santa one year, which is super cute, but only holds 6 cups of coffee--I had to brew it twice. 

    (Also, I realized that I was out of coffee filters!!  If that happens to you, watch this video, it worked great for me.)

    While it is brewing, you can go ahead and pour the condensed milk into your container and wait for the coffee.  If you don't have a lightweight container like mine, you may want to mix it together in a separate container, or use a pitcher so you can use a spoon to stir it after adding the coffee.

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    Now just add your coffee and the syrup.  The container says that you can't put hot liquid in it, which probably means it will melt if it gets too hot!  So, pour the coffee in slowly and shake it as you add more to keep it from getting too hot.  Like I said, my HK coffee pot only held half of what I needed for this recipe, so I poured the first half in and had no problem, then I added the second half after it finished brewing. 

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    Shake it up really well.  You don't want it to look lie this picture  ^

    Then just put it in the fridge and drink!  You don't really need ice, but if you want it then I recommend making iced cubes from some coffee in order to keep it from getting watered down. 

    Yield: approx 2 quarts

     

    So what's the price difference?

    Condensed milk: $1.74

    Coffee: $5.32 for the whole 1 lb. package

    If there are 5.25 cups of coffee in a lb., then .75 cups of coffee is about $.75

    Caramel syrup: $3.66

    The bottle holds 12.7 oz, making each oz. cost $.288, so 2 oz. (1/4 cup) comes out to $.58

    Total: $3.07 for 2 quarts of coffee—almost the same as 1 cup of CC's iced coffee


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