If you’ve ever wandered the coffee aisle in the grocery store, you might have noticed that there are a lot of different coffees that Starbucks stores don’t carry. From decaf Verona, to Bright Sky blend, it’s a whole new coffee world to explore. My friend Melody asked me to put together a recipe for one of the CPG (consumer packaged goods) products, and I saw the newly redesigned bag of the cinnamon dolce flavors coffee, and I thought this might be perfect.
When I was on vacation a few weeks ago, I had an incredible bread pudding for dessert at Chesapeake and Main (I almost never order dessert, but I couldn’t resist.) It was a cinnamon bread pudding with caramel, carrot cream cheese and crème fraîche. I kind of wanted to do a play on that along with the snickerdoodle hot chocolate, because honestly, white chocolate + cinnamon dolce is an excellent combination!
This is a quick and easy recipe to put together, and as always, you can easily adjust this to make something totally new! What about Caffe Verona with dark chocolate? So many possibilities! 🙂
This is a pre-ground blond roast coffee, with a buttery cinnamon flavor, much like the taste of a cinnamon dolce latte. You’ll notice on the bag, that they recommend a different proportion for brewing. Instead of 2 tablespoons for every 6 ounces of water, they recommend to use 1 1/2 tablespoons for every 6 ounces of water. Of course I have to taste test this!
I brewed two cups, one using the standard proportion, 2T for every 6 ounces, and on the right is using the recommended dose of 1.5T for every 6 ounces of water. You can see that the cup on the right is much lighter, and I personally found it to be too light for me. Then again, I am a dark roast kind of girl.
Overall, I don’t mind this coffee at all. It smells incredible. I made a cup, and my husband walked in the kitchen and said “Wow it smells amazing in here!!” It really fills up the entire room with a sweet cinnamon flavor. The taste is not bad either, doesn’t taste fake or artificial at all! I knew this would be a great coffee to cook with because of it’s light body, and sweet buttery flavor.
This coffee can be found in most grocery stores. I got mine at Kroger, but they also have it at Target, Safeway, and other major retailers. You will even be able to earn 10 bonus stars onto your Starbucks account!
- 1½ cups whole milk
- 1 cup brewed Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce coffee, cooled
- 1 box (3.4 oz) vanilla flavor pudding & pie filling
- 3 cups french bread cubes
- 4 oz white chocolate, cut into chunks
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Pre heat oven to 375 degrees
- Ina large bowl, pour the milk and coffee. Add the pudding mixture and wisk until well blended. Stir in the bread cubes, white chocolate and vanilla.
- Pour into a 1 quart baking dish.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.