- Coffee (this assumes all related objects, like the coffee maker, coffee cup, creamer, filters, etc)
- Something to write on
- Something to read
Rather than get into all the stuff I keep promising to, I’m going to let you in on something awesome I invented today: coffee candy.
The inspiration for coffee candy comes from Maggie Brown’s (a restaurant/bar near Pratt in Brooklyn). There, after eating an $8 burger or $11 hot wings, patrons are served a delicious piece of chocolate with coffee grains in it. Chocolate with coffee grains in it is exactly what I invented today.
I’m aware that it isn’t considered “inventing” if you just copy something someone else has already made, but I figured out how to replicate it without a recipe or any guidance, so I’m taking what I call “credit” for it.
Here’s how to enjoy some yourself:
- Melt some chocolate chips of your choice. I used Milk Chocolate Chips (which I’m told you should never use for chocolate chip cookies) because that’s what I had. I’m told some people also like Semi-Sweet Chocolate and still others like Dark Chocolate.
- Add the coffee grains of your choice. I used a dark breakfast blend whose name I forget because I threw the package away back in January, but if you don’t like caffeine or you plan to eat these chocolates before going to bed, I’d suggest using your favorite decaf.
- Drop on wax paper or tin foil, whatever.
I promised to hook you up with a way to make cappuccino in your trailer, and here I am to follow through. Of course, you don’t have to live in a trailer to be white trash. Personally, I’m hoping to move up to a houseboat in the near future. The point is, it doesn’t matter whether you live in a low-rent apartment or a penthouse, whether you’re rich or poor, whether you’re not even white. White trash is a state of mind. It’s a way of life, not a race, tax bracket, or location. One of the easiest ways to tell if you’ll find this blog helpful is to ask yourself: Do I want to make something I don’t have all the ingredients or equipment for? Would I rather substitute something in the recipe than buy the thing I need? Am I a cheapskate with expensive tastes? Then this is the place for you.
WHITE TRASH CAPPUCCINO
What you’ll need:
+ a saucepan/small pot (I suggest using something without Teflon because, if you don’t, you’ll probably scratch it up.)
+ an espresso maker, some freeze-dried espresso, or a coffee maker
+ some coffee
+ some milk
What to Do:
1. If you have an espresso maker, you probably know how to use it. So, get that started. If you’re using freeze-dried espresso, skip this step. If you’re using a coffee maker, get some brewing–I’d say about half a cup for each person you’re serving. If you’re a fancy coffee snob and you’re mad because espresso is only brewed by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans, not by Americana coffee makers, get a life. This is “White Trash Cappuccino,” not “Know-It-All Hipster Cappuccino Made by a Barrista in a Dark Corner Cafe.” You’re probably on the wrong blog anyway.
2. Rant completed. Please continue to the next step.
3. Start out with cold milk (keep in mind that higher fat content=better foam retention) in your saucepan. Put that on high. You can start whisking right away if you want, or you can wait until it’s good and hot.
4. Pour the espresso into a cup, glass, or mason jar–that Salpica jar is my preferred travel mug–until it’s about a third of the way full. If you’re using freeze-dried espresso, drop the ratio recommended on the container into the milk and finish whisking.
5. When the milk’s hot enough and you’ve got enough foam to suit you, add that to the espresso. Add some sweetener if you want, then enjoy. Maybe catch the end of Cops if it’s late or the Farm Report if it’s early.
I hope you like it. I think I’ll make something with chicken in it next.