I got this free sample of Gevalia Mocha Latte in the mail last week. It is not something that I had to do a write up on but I decided to share since I was trying it for the first time anyway. I was always an anti-coffee person. Not only did I HATE coffee, I could taste the slightest bit in a recipe that claimed you couldn't taste it. Over the years I have tried some of the heavily flavored/sweetened coffees since the smelled so wonderful but still hated it. This year it changed. I now like the heavily flavored/sweetened coffee drinks like mocha fraps, pumpkin spice latte (with some extra sweetener), etc. My favorite so far is the English Toffee cappuccino from Wawa... so delicious. Don't tell me how many calories are in them because I don't want to know but I do only have them every once in a while like a liquid dessert. So back to the sample. These at home lattes come in two parts. You pour the packet in the mug first then brew the k-cup in your Keurig like normal. As it drips, you can see the packet mix start to foam up instantly. The bottom middle photo is the latte before stirring but after it was done brewing. It sounded kind of like Pop Rocks as it foamed up. When I tried it, it tasted too much like coffee for me... shocking right? I added a squeeze of hot fudge and it made it mocha enough for me. I'm not sure how much these cost to buy but it wasn't bad so if they aren't too expensive, they would make a nice treat. I could probably get the same effect using a hand blender and some milk but I've never tried it.
I get free K-cup samples frequently by following deal blogs on facebook. They are a "hot" deal so they are posted all over otherwise I would just miss it. Just in the past month or two I have received a couple packs (2-4 cups each except this latte which just had one) that included a couple different kinds of Lipton tea, Green Mountain coffee, etc. Since I don't drink coffee or hot tea often, this is a few month's worth for me. They almost always come with coupons as well. Some blogs to follow (I follow a ton but these are good to start with) would be Swaggrabber and Moneysavingmom. And if you like the fancy beverages but not paying full price for them, Starbucks has their holiday drinks for BOGO from today through the 17th 2-5pm.