Thursday, November 21, 2013

of popcorn makers and BUTTERBEER.

This one time, we went to a charity event in which there was wine.  And a silent auction.  And evidently, no communication and no willpower.

I saw this popcorn machine (you know, not a microwave), and I got lost in this fantasy about having quiet movie nights in which the plot made sense because I wasn't playing dress up or fetching 700 snacks while watching.

Somehow the machine had our bid number at the end, and we welcomed home a shiny new Whirley-Pop, some coordinating popcorn accessories, and a whole lot of crinkle paper shred that found itself everywhere except the trashcan.

One planned movie night failed, then my to list dwindled and my cheesy, nerdy side got the best of me.  I sent Jimmy to Starbucks for Butterbeer lattes in celebration of the nerdfest that was about to happen - Harry Potter movie, official popcorn, and seriously, I can't not mention this: QUIET.

I actually wondered if I might feel cavities making their way into my teeth, but this was one of my favorite treats from Starbucks.  Ever.  Typing Butterbeer into my phone, my phone corrects it to BUTTERBEER.  It's that important.

The recipe is part of the Starbucks Secret Menu; if you want to enjoy one too, take in this recipe for a hot or a cold version.  

Butterbeer Latte:

  • Whole milk steamer
  • Add Caramel syrup (2 for tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
  • Add Toffee nut syrup (2 for tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
  • Add Cinnamon Dolce syrup  (2 for tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
  • Whipped cream and salted caramel bits on top (or creme brulee topping if you prefer)
  • Optional if you prefer to add a coffee taste: Add a shot of espresso (2 for a grande or venti)

Butterbeer Frappucino:

  • Ask for a Creme Frappuccino base. Don’t skimp on the fat by asking for skim or 2% milk as whole milk is required for the right consistency
  • Add 3 pumps of caramel syrup
  • Add 3 pumps of toffee nut syrup
  • Top with caramel drizzle

You can bet this will be a recurring theme.  Which I understand is really good for the soul, tooth enamel, and waistline.

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