Like many moms I know, I enjoy coffee. However, I’m not a plain coffee gal who likes to drink it straight up. Rather, I like all the possible yummy concoctions you can get at coffee houses or make at home (hubby calls them milkshakes and glorified hot chocolates!) But, there are times when the calories really add up and then I go on a fast from the drinks. Thankfully, there are easy ways to get lower calories with great taste. International Delight Light Iced Coffee is now on my go to list for a quick coffee fix at a cost far less than the coffee house.
Now, I had heard via the blogosphere that International Delight was releasing their iced coffee in both vanilla and mocha flavors this year at a reduced calorie point than the original products which came out last year. I must admit that some ‘diet’ versions of a favorite item can leave a lot to be desired (and some of them leave you with a nasty aftertaste!) While I was excited to test taste International Delight Light Iced Coffee and see that I could pick it up at our local Walmart (check out my shopping trip), I was a bit nervous about how it would taste straight up. I ‘sampled’ it straight along with a few of my coffee loving boys and we all gave it a thumbs up for taste.
International Delight Light Iced Coffee Particulars
Check out the nutritional label on the International Delight Light Iced Coffee in vanilla. With only 100 calories per serving, this is one indulgence I can easily work into my normal diet without any guilt. There’s plenty of sweetness in these beverages and I definitely agree that they feel creamy in your mouth.
International Delight Light Iced Coffee Frappuccino
I decided to not just stop there with seeing how we could incorporate this new product into our lives. First stop was to ‘shake’ things up into more of a Frappuccino style drink, something my boys love to get on special occasions. Even though we live in the cold climate of Alaska, we still love to have something cold year round.
I did discover that this drink froths up quickly and tasted a bit better when I added a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder. An alternative for keeping it full strength is to freeze some of the beverage in an ice cube tray and use those in your blender. The boys enjoyed a little chocolate whipped cream on top while I kept mine more purist. I’m considering trying it with some ground flaxseed and my meal replacement powder which would make it a full meal.
Creating a Parfait with International Delight Light Iced Coffee
Seeing that they liked the flavor of mocha and knowing I wanted to try out some possible desserts for special date nights, we went with a Coffee House Chocolate Strawberry Parfait.
I had picked up sugar free pudding for this dish, but quickly realized that it was not enough to stretch for all the boys. As I had some regular chocolate fudge pudding in the cupboard I used that with the International Delight Light Iced Coffee taking the place of the milk. The final consistency was a little less dense than usual pudding, so I’d recommend using less of the International Delight Light Iced Coffee if you want it thick. We also had some ‘hands on’ chemistry learning when we made the angel food cake from a mix and they saw it quickly expand in volume. All of the boys loved the combination of angel food cake, mocha pudding and strawberries as did I. While I plated individual servings, this could be made in a trifle bowl for a dinner party where many guests will be enjoying the dessert.
- 1 angel food cake
- 1 large package chocolate pudding
- 3 cups International Delight Light Iced Coffee in mocha flavor
- 1 lb. strawberries, washed and sliced
- Prepare angel food cake per box instructions or use a pre-baked one from the bakery. Once cooled, cut into cubes.
- Mix the pudding mix into the mocha flavored International Delight Light Iced Coffee using a whisk or beater for 2 minutes. Cover adn put into the refregerator for at least 5 minutes to set up.
- In a trifle bowl, create a layer of angel food cake cubes. Top with a third of the prepared pudding followed by sliced strawberries. Repeat twice to fill the bowl. You can top it all off with whipped cream if desired.
Baking with International Delight Light Iced Coffee
Finally, I really wanted to see how International Delight Light Iced Coffee performed in a favorite muffin recipe (basic muffin recipe in Moosewood Restaurant New Classics) in lieu of milk. I considered different combinations of add in items and elected to make Coffee House Chocolate Chip Pecan muffins.
The boys enjoyed these so much that they were begging for a second muffin within seconds of eating the first one. The coffee flavor was more subdued in this recipe than in the trifle. However, I know I could remedy that by adding some instant coffee to the wet ingredients to give it a real punch.
- 6 Tbsp. room temperature butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp International Delight Light Iced Coffee
- ⅛ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose or pastry flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup pecans, chopped
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare the muffin tin by either spraying or placing a paper liner into the individual cups.
- Cream together the sugar and butter until blended, then add in the egg, International Delight Light Iced Coffee and vanilla extract. The resulting mixture will be a little on the lumpy side.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and ground cinnamon.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the flour blend and then use a folding motion to mix together until just mixed. Add in the chocolate chips and pecans, folding just long enough to mix.
- Spoon just shy of ⅓ cup of batter per muffin cup. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.
- After baking, allow the muffins to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Overall I am quite pleased with International Delight’s new Light Iced Coffee just as I already love their creamers for hot coffee. Why not try it for yourself?
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— Laura O’Neill (@LauraOinAK) July 1, 2013
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