My daily addiction to Maxwell House International Café French Vanilla Latte has been mentioned on this blog more than once. I still drink it virtually every day, but recently in a pinch I came up with a pretty darn good substitute. From time to time, I even choose it over the other.
The key ingredient is La Crème French Vanilla Real Dairy Creamer. I was excited when they came out with this not too long ago, as until then, our only choices have been flavored non-dairy creamers. My sister says she’s been able to get flavored dairy creamer in Canada for some time, and was always surprised when she visited that it wasn’t available here.
When I make this for myself, I don’t actually measure, but I’ll give you approximations so you have a starting point. Start with about 2 tablespoons of La Crème and add enough milk to make a cup. Add a teaspoon of instant coffee (I use decaf, which is an advantage over the Maxwell House mix). Mix until the coffee is dissolved. Add ice, and top with whipped cream and sprinkles.
Enjoy! Trust me, you’ll be coming back for more.