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Make Coffee House Favorites in Your Blender

Whether independent shops or international chains, coffee houses offer elaborate beverages that taste great and that expand well beyond standard drip coffee.

Unfortunately, the more complex and delicious these drinks are the more expensive they tend to become. Luckily, if you have an all purpose blender you can play barista yourself and whip up delicious hot and cold cafe favorites without the price tag. Here are a few simple at home recipes you can whip up with just your personal blender and a coffee maker

Blended Caramel Coffee Shake 

  • What you'll need - 3/4 cup cold dark roast coffee, caramel syrup, vanilla ice cream, kosher salt and whipped cream 
  • How to make it - This great cold, coffee-based recipe makes three servings, so you'll have plenty to share. Pour the cold-brewed coffee, 1/3 cup caramel syrup, 1 teaspoon salt and 3 cups of ice cream into your blender jar. Run the blender on HIGH. Stop and use a spoon or rubber spatula to clear the sides of the jar intermittently to ensure everything is mixing together. Pour your cold concoction into a glass or two, add your desired amount of whipped cream and drizzle caramel syrup over the top to give it that authentic coffee house aesthetic. Now sip it and enjoy. 

Whipped Hot Cocoa

  • What you'll need - Semisweet chocolate chips, powdered sugar, milk (whole or 2 percent preferable), vanilla extract, whipped cream
  • How to make it - Heat 3 cups of milk in a sauce pan until it begins to simmer. While you're keeping an eye on the milk, add 4 ounces of chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons powdered sugar to the blender. Pour in the hot milk. Take the filler cap out of the lid, cover the jar with the cap-less lid and a towel covering the opening. Blend on a low speed, melt the chocolate, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and blend on low again. Pour this hot, frothy drink into a mug, top it with whipped cream and serve this sweet, cafe-quality drink. 

Chai Frappe 

  • What you'll need - Chai tea bags, milk (whole or 2 percent preferable), ice, granulated sugar
  • How to make it - Start off the cold drink by making strong hot tea. Use about 4 chai tea bags in 3/4 cups of boiling water. Let the tea sit in the refrigerator until completely cold. Once you have cold tea, pour it into your personal blender with 3/4 cup of milk, 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 cups of ice. Blend on HIGH until your icy mixture is smooth and homogenous. Pour it into a tall glass and enjoy your slushy, creamy chai. If you want to enhance the flavor, or you only made black tea, add ginger, cinnamon or ground gloves before blending. 

With your blender at home, you're able to make plenty of high-quality coffee house beverages without having to leave your home or sacrificing taste.