Homemade Coffee and Tea Mixes

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Like many people, my husband and I love Starbucks coffee drinks. However, they’re a very rare treat for us (usually on our anniversary), mainly because we’re too cheap to spend almost 4 bucks on a cup of coffee.

In my “Typical Day at Our House” post, I mentioned that after the kids go to bed, my husband and I like to relax and have a treat – often popcorn and cocoa or flavored coffee or tea in the winter, and iced tea or coffee in the summer. For a long time, I was able to find General Foods International Coffees at the scratch and dent for 75 cents, and we enjoyed many of their flavors. I also find their old commercials very amusing. Remember this one?

“Jean Luc” must have been one heck of a waiter. Anyway, when the scratch and dent raised their prices dramatically, I stopped shopping there, but I missed my cheap coffee drinks. I already make our own hot cocoa mix, so I decided that coffee and tea mixes couldn’t be that difficult to make at home, and they’re not. In fact, they’re ridiculously easy!

Here are some recipes that we’ve tried and enjoyed:

Instant Suisse Mocha Mix
1/2 cup instant coffee
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup nonfat dry milk powder

Process in a blender or food processor until powdered. Store in an airtight container. Use 2-3 tablespoons of coffee mix per 8 ounces boiling water.

(NOTE: Add a touch of peppermint extract – or Schnapps, if you like that sort of thing – to make a yummy peppermint mocha).

Instant Cafe Vienna Mix
1/2 cup instant coffee
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1/4 cup powdered coffee creamer
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup instant butterscotch pudding mix

(NOTE: I buy my pudding mix in bulk, but if you can’t find bulk mix, one box of pudding mix is about 3 dry ounces, which is plenty for this recipe).

Process in a blender or food processor until powdered. Store in an airtight container. Use 1 tablespoon of coffee mix per 8 ounces boiling water.

(NOTE: This is so yummy! It reminds me of a Panera Bread house latte).

Vanilla Iced Coffee
4 cups fresh brewed coffee
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup boiling water
Crushed ice
1/2 cup milk or cream

Refrigerate coffee until cool, about 30 minutes. Stir vanilla extract and sugar into the boiling water until dissolved. Refrigerate until cool, about 30 minutes. Fill glasses with crushed ice, and pour chilled coffee over. Stir in milk and sugar mixture, to taste.

Instant Chai Tea Mix
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
3/4 cup unsweetened instant tea
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)

Put sugar in food processor. Add vanilla extract, and let dry. Add remaining ingredients, and process until powdered. Store in an airtight container. Use 2 heaping tablespoons Chai tea mix per 8 ounces boiling water.

These mixes also make very nice gifts. Enjoy!

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