Sunday, December 9, 2012

OTL: Add Some Flavor with Torani Syrups

Last year, I participate in a program from SheSpeaks and Torani and shared my experience with the Peppermint syrup. This year, I was once again selected to participate in the holiday program and I received full-size bottles of Salted Caramel and Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie Syrup. Some lucky person at my husband's work got to try the Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie syrup since we try to stay away from artificial sweeteners but I really enjoyed trying the Salted Caramel flavor.

The first thing I tried with the Salted Caramel syrup was simply adding it to my coffee along with a little bit of milk. I wasn't super crazy about it this way. I got a sweetness from the syrup with a bit of the caramel flavor but the saltiness was lost entirely. I also tried it without the milk (we ran out) and had the same issue. When you get a drip of the pure syrup on your finger, you can definitely taste both the salty and sweet but the coffee seemed to overpower some of the flavor.

Next I tried making a caramel mocha using brewed coffee and hot chocolate mix. (Yep, we are fancy around here.) That was a little better but the salt was still overpowered. Caramel hot chocolate was next and that was definitely a step in the right direction. The chocolate and caramel flavors combined well without creating an overly sweet drink and the salt from the syrup came though as well.

My favorite use for the Salted Caramel Syrup wasn't in a drink though. I took vanilla ice cream and crumbled a brownie on top. Then I used the Salted Caramel Syrup over that. YUM! The syrup soaked in to the brownie a bit and flavored the vanilla ice cream. The flavor was the perfect combination of salty and sweet. The Torani syrup is much thinner in consistency than traditional caramel ice cream topping though so you want to make sure you stir the ice cream around a bit or it tends to pool on the bottom of the bowl.

Torani flavored syrups are great for the holidays or any time of year. Some flavors go well in coffee or other hot beverages and then there are lighter fruit flavors that make fantastic cold drinks. You can even cook or bake with the Torani syrups. Be sure to check out Torani.com for recipes and inspiration.

What is your favorite flavor and how do you use it?

Full-Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of SheSpeaks and Torani. I was provided with two full-size bottles of Torani syrup and some $1 off coupons. The opinion presented in this post is my own and this post was not edited by SheSpeaks or Torani in any way.

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