There really is no such thing as a leftover chocolate truffle, because those indulgent chocolate treats are just too delicious to turn down. But there are times when you might find that you have more truffles than you can eat (in one sitting, anyway) on hand, such as after Valentine’s Day or after a big candy sale at your favorite store. Those excess chocolate truffles are the perfect base to use for a delicious Leftover Chocolate Truffle Mocha. The chocolate in the truffles easily melts with hot coffee, adding a lot of chocolate flavor and a little bit of sweetness to a decadent coffee drink that can be enjoyed with or without truffles on the side.
You can use either chocolate covered chocolate truffles or the cocoa-dusted variety to make this drink. The most important thing is that they should be high quality truffles – the kind have a velvety smooth melt in your mouth and leave you wanting more – because a great chocolate truffle is going to make for a great coffee drink. If you are using the chocolate covered truffles, you may need to give them a little extra time in the coffee so that they can melt completely before stirring them in. As always, adjust this recipe to your own tastes by using more truffles (for a thicker, “drinking chocolate” feel) or by adding a little extra sugar to sweeten it up if your truffles are an intense, dark chocolate to start out with. There is no wrong way to make it because it will always taste so right when you drink it.
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Maple syrup is always a staple ingredient in my kitchen. I use it to top pancakes and waffles, but I also use it for other things, like making Maple Lattes. Maple syrup is a great sweetener for coffee drinks because it is very easy to incorporate into both hot and cold drinks, and the caramel notes that you get in maple syrup are also often found in coffee. This maple latte starts with espresso and maple syrup, is topped with hot milk and finished with a maple-kissed whipped cream that is good enough to eat on its own. If you don’t have espresso, you can use strong coffee and simply increase the ratio of coffee to milk to balance out the flavors a bit.
Different grades of maple syrup have different maple flavors. Lighter colored syrups, typically called Grade A or Light Amber, have a milder maple flavor than darker colored syrups, called Grade B or Medium/Dark Amber. You can use any type of maple syrup to make this drink, but you’ll get the best maple flavor with a darker colored syrup. I used Grade B for both the whipped cream and the latte. After adding your syrup, taste the coffee to ensure that it is as sweet as you want it to be, and if it needs a little extra maple flavor, just add in a little extra maple syrup.
Vanilla and cinnamon area wonderful combination in just about any dish, from cakes to cookies. They both also go extremely well with coffee, though most coffee places only offer cinnamon as a topping that you can add to scent your latte instead of as a flavor that you can incorporate into it. A Homemade Vanilla Cinnamon Latte is a great change of pace from the usual vanilla latte because it has just the right amount of spice to keep things interesting.
My latte is made with equal parts strong coffee and milk, though you can use espresso if you have an espresso machine for a more authentic latte (but I can assure you that the coffee version is excellent). I use homemade vanilla syrup and a small pinch of ground cinnamon to infuse the drink with sugar, vanilla and spice. Combine the cinnamon and vanilla syrup with very hot coffee and allow it to steep for a minute or so to really release the aroma of the cinnamon.
The vanilla syrup is easy to make, but you can also make this with sugar, cinnamon and a few drops of vanilla extract. I recommend alcohol free vanilla, since you can add more of it to your drink than you can with regular vanilla to get a much more pronounved vanilla flavor without getting any unpleasant alcohol notes in your coffee.
Eggnog lattes are one of those drinks that really fit in with the Christmas season. Unlike Peppermint Mochas and even gingerbread spiced drinks, they’re not really something that you would want to drink year-round. So, I say splurge while you can and, if you’re an eggnog latte fan, don’t hesitate to enjoy a few around Christmas time. And you don’t have to go to the nearest Starbucks to enjoy one, because you can make them at home!
An eggnog latte starts with eggnog. I recommend starting with a store bought eggnog for this type of drink. You’ll have your choice of full fat, low fat and a variety of nondairy ‘nogs, and the consistency tends to be very consistent, unlike like homemade eggnogs. Don’t pick a ‘nog that comes with alcohol added to it because it will be difficult to steam up to a nice consistency, but you can spike your coffee with a splash of brandy or bourbon after you mix up the drink and I won’t tell. Above all, choose a brand you like because the latte is going to get all of its flavor from that eggnog.
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