It was a bummer when I found out that Starbucks puts dairy in their pumpkin spice flavoring. Lame, Starbucks, lame! I always look forward to the holiday coffees, especially the gingerbread latte. A couple of years ago, a friend got me hooked on the peppermint mocha. (No dairy in the mocha chocolate!) It's funny. I don't even drink coffee on a regular basis. I'm more of a tea girl, really. Even so, I usually treat myself to a holiday coffee once a week when they're out. Usually on a Friday, just to make that day a little better.
Well, last year I found out that I have a bit of a sensitivity to soy. I can have it every now and then, but then I have to steer clear of it for a few weeks before I can have it again. I've noticed that some things affect me more than others. Soy milk is pretty much a no-go now. For some reason that gets me every time, no matter how long it's been. Not many coffee shops offer any other alternatives to dairy and soy so I spent last holiday season longing for my seasonal lattes.
Last week as I was walking home from work, I decided to poke around Williams-Sonoma since it's on the way. It's always fun to look at the gadgets and baking pans and dream of owning a full set of Le Creuset pans. As I was poking around one of the sales people told me that there were a couple of tables of clearance items at the back that I might want to take a look at. It's mostly Thanksgiving stuff that they're getting rid of since we had that holiday a month ago and it's encroaching on the winter holidays now. I spied a bottle of pumpkin spice latte syrup on the table. I was immediately suspicious, assuming it would have ingredients in it that I don't want. But no!
The main ingredient is pumpkin puree with nothing else but real ingredients. No strange flavorings or anything like that. Oh, man. I really need to go back and pick up a couple more bottles, especially since it's on clearance. It tastes so good, too! I had some espresso powder in the cabinet that I use for baking sometimes so I made a little of that, heated some rice milk and added a couple tablespoons of pumpkin spice latte syrup. Yum! It tastes so amazing, really warm and comforting. Like drinking a pumpkin pie or something.
On another awesome note, I found out this morning that Blenz has almond milk now! (For those of you not in Canada, Blenz is like the Canadian Starbucks.) Now to find a way to make a peppermint mocha at home...