Thursday, September 29, 2011

Celebrate National Coffee Day with a Peppermint Mocha Cheap-o-chino and a Giveaway

Happy National Coffee Day! Isn't about time for your afternoon coffee break or after dinner coffee/dessert? It's still warm in Durham, so I needed a nice cold frozen coffee drink. I'm really hoping for fall and I hear it might peek out this weekend.

In my opinion the best way to make an iced coffee or frozen coffee is to use homemade cold brewed coffee concentrate. See the link in the recipe for a how-to. It's easy to make in a French Press and you can make enough for the whole week on the weekend. Then you can just grab some from the fridge when you feel like a treat. Plus it won't melt your ice and it's easier on your stomach. 

If you hate coffee leave it out and add another 1/4 cup creamer. You'll have a (so) delicious chocolate -peppermint shake!

The Giveaway: This is separate contest from the giveaway on HealthySlowCooking - you must leave your comments here to be entered!

 I have coupons for a couple of free So Delicious products and some cents off coupons to giveaway to one of you. To enter leave a comment on this post. I will post a winner on Sunday. Good luck!

To get extra entries do one of the following and leave another comment on this post for each one you do.
  • Tweet the following (including the link) one time: It’s National Coffee Day! Join @geekypoet, have a Peppermint Mocha Cheap-o-chino and enter the giveaway!
  • Tweet one time: @so_delicious is my favorite coffee creamer!

Peppermint Mocha Cheap-o-chino
Makes about 2 to3 servings
soy-free, gluten-free

  • 1/4 cup (63ml) cold brewed coffee concentrate or 1 cup (250ml) regular brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup (63ml) So Delicious Coconut creamer original flavor
  • 3/4 cup (188ml) Unsweetened So Delicious Coconut Milk
    (can use vanilla or plain just adjust sweetener)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Sweetener to taste: brown sugar, stevia, agave nectar, or maple syrup, etc.
    (I used 1 packet Nu-Stevia) 
  • 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum or 1 teaspoon pectin (do not leave out - it holds it together!)
  • 2 cups ice
  • crushed peppermint candy for topping (optional)
In a blender mix everything except for the xanthan and ice. Taste and adjust sweetener as needed. Remember this is a concentrated flavor so it needs to be a little sweeter now to be just right later.

Then add xanthan gum (or pectin) and blend. This will keep the different ingredients from separating so it will look just like a drink that you paid lots of money for!

Add the ice. Depending on your blender you may have to add it 1/2 cup at a time. I have a really powerful one so I can dump it all in at once. You can add more coconut milk if it's too thick or you can add more ice if it's too thick.


  1. Yum, the cheap-o-chino looks delicious!! Would love to win this!

  2. I have found the So Delicious Coconut Milk to be the perfect base for coffee drinks and this one looks like perfect minty goodness. Will be trying it tomorrow! I am surprised coconut milk hasn't caught on at coffee shops yet, but at least we can make this drink at home!

  3. Love So Delicious, especially their coconut milks.

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  6. I love peppermint mochas, and a COCONUT peppermint mocha sounds even better! I've never seen that coconut creamer before - we need to get it here in Canada!

  7. The contest is closed and the winner will be announced soon.