This Giveaway Ended at Midnight (CST), Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010.
Congratulations to the winner, Lauren Boticelli, #656!
We have added a “little brother” to our Keurig Special Edition Brewer family. It’s no secret to any of you that we love our Keurig Special Edition brewer. When we first reviewed this wonderful machine, we were captivated by the simplicity, convenience and variety it added to serving hot or iced beverages, whether we are just relaxing at home or have a house full of people we are entertaining. You can read my full review of the Special Edition brewer, here, but today, I am excited to tell you all about Keurig’s Cafe One-Touch Milk Frother, the perfect accessory for the brewer, and how both machines can fit into your Homemade Holiday!
The Keurig Milk Frother has allowed us to take our favorite Keurig beverages to the “gourmet coffee shop” level and create yummy, gourmet coffee, chocolate and tea drinks without the high coffee shop prices. The frother is simple to use, easy to clean and turns our own skim milk into a creamy, frothy accompaniment to our favorite drinks. Just when I think I couldn’t be more excited about or pleased with Keurig as a company, I try a new product and my excitement over them and their products is reignited.
The milk frother truly is one-touch. Using skim milk, fill the frother to the fill line inside the pot. Insert the frother into the pot by snapping the lid into place. (Another great feature! – See that round wire spring-looking thingy? That’s what whips your skim milk into a fluffy frenzy, BUT it’s also easy to slide off the post and then you can just heat milk without frothing it. They thought of everything!)
One push of the button conveniently located on the front of the frother and the machine heats and foams your skim milk in a matter of seconds.
When the light stops glowing, push the button on the frother handle to release the lid . Look at that delicious whipped milk ready to dress up your favorite beverage!
Once the milk has been added to your drink, just set the frother back on the base.
You can visit the Keurig website and click on the recipe books on the counter, at the center-left edge of the picture, to get some delicious recipe ideas from the coffee experts. But in the meantime, I wanted to share some of our family favorites.
I’m pretty sure that I have expressed, in a previous post, that one of my many personal favorite K-Cups is the Cafe Escapes Chai Latte. It is one of the most spicy, delicious treats just as a stand-alone beverage, but the addition of warm milk and/or froth takes it to a heavenly creaminess level, that will find you fighting the urge to make multiple mugsful (Did I invent another new word?) in one evening! I wanted to show you a beautiful cup of it, piled high with foam and dusted with nutmeg, but I am forced to admit I had the last one, yesterday, and will need to make a run to the store to be stocked up before the holidays. But no worries! I have several other creations to share. These are all “dressed up” versions of K-Cups we use on their own every single day. These dressed up versions are definitely holiday party worthy and will have your guests clambering for more.
Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa
- Cafe Express Milk Chocolate Cocoa K-Cup
- Chocolate Syrup
- skim milk
- cocoa powder (small amount to dust as decoration)
Pour skim milk into the Keurig Cafe One-Touch Milk Frother.
Brew the Milk Chocolate Cocoa with 6 or 8 oz of water while your milk is frothing.
In a separate mug, add 2 or 3 Tablespoons of chocolate syrup.
Top the chocolate syrup layer with a thick layer of milk foam from your frother.
Slowly drizzle your brewed hot chocolate, in a thin stream, over the center of the milk foam and watch the magic happen! Your layers will switch as the chocolate takes on creaminess from the milk and the froth rises to the top. It’s beautiful!
Dust the top of the foam with a little cocoa powder and serve to impressed guests and grateful family!
French Vanilla Caramel Latte
- French Vanilla Coffee K-Cup
- Caramel Syrup
- skim milk
- whipped cream, optional
Fill frother to fill line and heat and froth the milk.
While the milk is frothing, brew the French Vanilla Coffee K-Cup.
Once your coffee is brewed, stir in about 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, some warmed milk (there will be a small amount in the bottom of the frother, underneath all the foam) and sugar, to taste. David likes two teaspoons. Add 2 – 3 Tablespoons of caramel syrup, which will settle to the bottom of the mug for just a second. Then you will note a yummy caramel ring, rising and forming around the top of your mug.
Stir in the caramel. Spoon in a thick layer of milk froth and if desired, add a dollop of whipped cream. Drizzle a little extra caramel syrup over the top and you’ll rival any coffee shop brew!
With the addition of frothed milk and some holiday flavors, any hot chocolate, tea or coffee beverages can become something special and a delicious treat! Who could resist Gingerbread Hot Chocolate? It’s topped with warm and frothy skimmed milk, gingerbread marshmallows and a cinnamon stick garnish? Yum! And nothing could be simpler than topping hot chocolate with some frothy skim milk, crushed peppermint candy and a candy cane garnish.
I know some of you don’t drink coffee or sometimes you want something lighter and not so creamy. Keurig has lots of options for you. One of the most wonderful seasonal specialty beverages that has been released for our cool weather enjoyment is Hot Apple Cider K-Cups. We brew it with 8 oz of water and it is a wonderful, appley sweet treat that warms you through on a nippy winter evening or afternoon!
To dress it up for a holiday party you could add sliced citrus and cinnamon sticks for a pretty presentation.
All the coffees and teas you can make in the Keurig Special Edition Brewer, can also be brewed over ice. If you love iced coffee this is a perfect solution to save money over expensive coffee shop drinks. I’m an iced tea fan, any time of the year. I love Earl Gray tea, served hot, but my favorite K-Cup for Iced Tea is Celestial Seasoning’s English Breakfast Tea. It is the perfect brewed flavor, without being too weak or too strong. Another benefit is that I actually get two glasses of iced tea from an English Breakfast Tea K-Cup.
Spruced up iced tea with a slice of lemon and a little fresh mint.
I love that I can provide a variety of beverages that fit a wide range of tastes when serving guests. You’ll never have to settle for reheated leftover coffee, again, when you can brew it fresh for each individual cup! I could continue to sing the praises of Keurig’s Special Edition Brewer, but this post has already gotten lengthy and I have some AMAZING news for you! You can add to the list of things that I love about Keurig, that they are incredibly generous. One lucky Busy-at-Home reader is going to benefit tremendously from that generosity. Keurig is providing a Special Edition Brewer AND a box of limited edition Apple Cider K-Cups for a Busy-at-Home giveaway!
You must be 18 or older and a resident of the U.S. to enter. The mandatory entry must be completed before any optional entries will count. Deadline to enter is midnight (CST) Sunday, December 19, 2010.
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I received a Keurig Cafe One-Touch Milk Frother and a box of Apple Cider K-Cups in order to conduct this review. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. Additionally, Keurig will provide a Special Edition Brewer and box of Hot Apple Cider K-Cups to the giveaway winner. As always, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.