Inventing the Wheel
I thought I was so smart. I really did. I made a mug of coffee. It’s one of my guilty pleasures, the other major one being all the plastic wrap I use in pie making workshops. I enjoy a mug of java…and sometimes two…in the morning. I like the ritual of it all…strong coffee with plenty of cream and sugar. When I’m out of cream, I use a bit of whipping cream, or milk of any kind….cow, goat, almond, soy, hemp. If I’m splurging on sugar, a lump or two of rough cut cubes. Yum! But, on this day, I had no cream, or milk of any kind to add. 🙁
In the back of the fridge hiding, were bottles of caramel sauce–salted caramel, pecan caramel, coffee caramel. I used them when working on a recipe last year and tucked them away. The light went off. Ooooo! Caramel is sugar and cream with some salt in it. How about a big spoonful of that in my mug! I thought of the Star Trek words…to boldly go where no coffee drinker has gone before.
I opened one jar, and put some in. Yes, I must confess that first I tasted a spoonful straight out of the jar, and it was good! Into the mug went another. I stirred it around. It colored my brew to a lovely au lait hue. Then I sipped. YES! This is the best thing ever. Well, maybe not quite that, but darn good. I sipped and sipped some more, sighing contently as I finished the last of the mug.
I thought, I must tell everyone about this. It will be a new and very easy trend. 🙂 I looked online to see if anyone else had discovered this brilliant idea…and guess what? There are lots of recipes online for JUST this very thing. I had not invented the wheel. I was crestfallen…for a moment, until I decided to make myself a second caramel laced mug of coffee. You only live once, right? 😉
There are many caramel sauces on market shelves, perfect for adding to coffee, drizzling on top of ice cream, or eating straight from the spoon. Here’s one of my favorites.