Written by Kristen Doyle of Dine and Dish.
Since becoming a mom, coffee has become more than just a hot beverage to jumpstart my morning. Coffee has become an integral part of my personal social time. It has become an excuse to take time out of my day to get together with other moms. Coffee at home or at the local coffee shop has become something I look forward to because I know it will mean the chance to re-charge and reconnect with friends I care about.
For hundreds of years, coffee has been a social connector. There is something about sitting down with a steaming cup of Joe and chatting with friends that just feels right.
We have recently started serving a cup of dessert coffee to guests after dinner parties. Dessert coffee slows things down, allowing guests to continue to savor the ambiance of the meal and the company. Conversations continue to unfold, relationships continue to form, bonds continue to be made… all over a cup of coffee.
What is Dessert Coffee?
So, what makes a coffee qualify as dessert coffee? Typically, a dessert coffee is richer and sweeter than a coffee you might have at other times during the day. Topped with whipped cream or enhanced with liquor, dessert coffee is is both sweet and indulgent.
Making a custom dessert coffee flavor is actually quite simple. Think about your favorite flavors… do you love chocolate? Melt some high quality chocolate and stir it in to a cup of coffee, top with fresh whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate sauce and you have a delicious chocolate dessert coffee. Is peppermint your flavor of choice? Simply infuse some peppermint candy into a cup of hot coffee, top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint for a delicious treat. Nutella, vanilla bean, maple… the possibilities for the perfect cup of dessert coffee to end your day are endless.
Photo by Kristen Doyle
Recipe: Flavored Toffee Caramel Dessert Coffee
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 cup milk chocolate toffee bits (Such as Heath Bar bits)
- 5 cups hot brewed coffee (decaf is fine)
- 2 Tablespoons caramel sauce or ice cream topping
- In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add vanilla and sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate until ready for use.
- Stir toffee bits into hot brewed coffee. Let sit for two minutes then strain and discard any leftover bits.
- Divide coffee into 5 separate mugs. Top with whipped topping then drizzle with caramel sauce.
What is your favorite flavor of dessert coffee?