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Vanilla Latte : A delightfully smooth and creamy latte with delicate hints of vanilla. You'll want to savour every sip!
This product has no detectable gluten, but contains milk proteins and may contain traces of soy.
When I tried this variety, I was not sure whether or not I liked it. It was pleasant enough but did not have the kick I expect from a coffee - I think it might be nice for someone who does not like coffee too strong, but has limited appeal for someone like me who enjoys a strong brew. I had a group of friends who had offered to try it and give me some feedback, so I gave them each a sachet and waited for their reports.
Like me, they too were divided on what they thought of this variety. Two really liked it although they thought the vanilla was too subtle to be tasted properly. One thought it was a pleasant enough drink but lacked a strong identity. The last two did not like it at all as they found it too weak: one described it as insipid while the other thought it might have been better with less water than the recommended amount.
However, all that was about to change. I was intrigued by the possibilities I could explore with the muted flavours and the attractive pale brown colour. I looked at different hot drink options but none of them really appealed. And then my daughter mentioned that we would be having a family party at the weekend and asked if I would bake something. That was the inspiration I needed.
Time was tight so instead of making a basic sponge cake, I bought a plain one. Cheating, but all in a good cause! I covered the sponge with fresh whipped cream and then scattered half a sachet of Vanilla Latte on top. It was a light colour to start with, but as the moisture from the cream soaked in, the shade deepened. One of the children put a few sprinkles on top as well, and in three minutes from start to finish we had made one of the most delicious cakes we had ever tasted. Everyone liked it, from Miss Five right up to the oldest family member who is almost 80. I think I have invented a new family classic!
After my success with the cake, I tried it stirred into vanilla custard (yum!) as a dry powder, and as a double strength drink left to chill and then served with a double shot of Tia Maria with ice. It is a good thing it is winter because I would be seriously tempted to have another one of those. Or two! So I will be thinking outside the square for the ways I can serve this variety. It has proved to be much more versatile than I originally thought!
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