Torani Valentine’s Day Recipes

Looking to do something special for your lover for Valentine’s day? What better than waking them up with a delicious valentine-themed hand-crafted latte or cappuccino? Check out some of these unique recipes that will help set the mood of the day.

torani-caramel-cappuccinoSweet Caramel Cappuccino

torani-cupcakeWhite Angel Cupcake Cappuccino

Black and White Bowtie Latte

Buttercrunch Caramel Latte

Torani Sugar Free S’mores is Here for the Holidays!

Torani Sugar Free S'moresTorani’s Sugar Free S’mores has finally landed in Canada, letting you craft luxurious cafe-style drinks at home without any of the calories! A delectable combination of chocolate, graham crackers and toasted marshmallow makes this a quintessential winter drink that shouldn’t be missed!

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Cafe, restaurant or hotel? Rejuvinate your winter coffee menu with Torani’s syrups (especially the Sugar Free S’mores) and give your customers an experience that will have them raving for weeks.

Don’t forget to pick up a Torani Syrup Pump to make measuring and dosing a breeze!

Fall Themed Drinks with Torani Syrups

The fall in temperature (followed quickly by leaves changing colours) is a clear indicator that fall has arrived, and along with a ton of fall-themed activities and foods. Most noticeable in the recent years is the sudden presence of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and other autumn-related drinks at coffee shops. While they can cost $4.00-$6.00 at national chain coffee shops, you can make them at home for a fraction of the cost using Torani syrups.

The Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup is a flavour and spice powerhouse, suitable for those who really like their nutmeg and cloves. While some reviews indicate that it can be overpowering, others find that it hits the right spot and is reminiscient of changing leaves and chilly weather. This syrup is strong in cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, while delivering a pleasant pumpkin flavour. Not only can it be used in coffees/lattes – people love it in hot chocolate and milk (known as a “Pumpkin Spice Steamer”) as well!

The Pumpkin Pie Syrup is similar to the Pumpkin Spice, but is milder on the spice and heavier on the pumpkin and sweetness. The cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg are toned down a little in favour of a sweeter, puree-style flavour that is more pumpkin than spice. Feedback from customers indicate this is closer to the flavour that they would get at most cafes.

Love the pumpkin flavour but trying to lead a healthier lifestyle? The Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie Syrup has you covered – with all the flavour of the Pumpkin Pie Syrup, but using Splenda instead of cane sugar. There’s still lots of flavour from the spices in this syrup, but the pumpkin is the star of the drink and is every bit as sweet as real pumpkin pie, without the unnecessary calories. There’s no need to worry about artificial after-tastes or harmful chemicals, as this sweetener is stable at coffee temperatures.

The Salted Caramel syrup is the key in caramel brulee lattes, offering something salty instead of sweet or spicy drink that can be enjoyed on cool fall days. The Salted Caramel delivers that lovely salted aspect that caramel lacks on it’s own, using more of your taste buds and flavour receptors. We recommend picking up a bottle of the Salted Caramel (or Sugar Free Salted Caramel) as a way to add some diversity to your week.

This spice-heavy Chai Tea Spice Syrup is actually quite similar to the Pumpkin Spice syrup, but is tea-oriented instead of pumpkin. It has all the nostalgic qualities of a fall drink with cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg. This also tends to be a popular offering at national coffee shops.

Don’t forget the other holiday-themed flavoured syrups that add spice and flavour to winter drinks – also great in the fall.

Vanilla Syrup for Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is a quintessential summer drink, perfect for cooling off on a hot summer afternoon with enough caffeine to kick you back into work or play. It can be difficult to re-create a great cafe-style iced coffee at home though, so we’ve compiled some syrups recommended by some of our cafes, who swear that Vanilla is their secret ingredient for adding sweetness and flavour.

There are a couple options from brands like Torani for Vanilla Syrups:

Vanilla Syrup

The standard Vanilla syrup is a classic and a great base for other flavours. Vanilla is almost neutral, but complements many flavours including straight coffee.

Vanilla Bean Syrup

Less processed than standard vanilla, the Vanilla bean syrup imparts all the unique flavours and characteristics of the plant that derives the vanilla flavour.

French Vanilla Syrup

While technically more of a hot-drink flavour, the french vanilla syrup imparts creamy twists with the classic vanilla taste. Iced French Vanilla coffees are sweet and delectable, a great way to make a cafe-quality drink at home.

Honey Vanilla Syrup

The honey vanilla syrup offers a honey-based sweetness to your iced coffee while the vanilla offers a unique twist, making something that most coffee shops can’t even replicate. This one is a top-seller at one of the shops in a small town.

What Is The Best Vanilla Syrup For Iced Coffee?

There isn’t a “best”, as everyone has their own tastes and preferences. For an earthy, true vanilla taste we usually recommend the Vanilla Bean syrup, but for an all-around mix-with-other-flavours choice we’d go with the “Vanilla” Vanilla flavour (hah!).

The regular Vanilla packs a good taste and has the bonus of being great mixed with other syrups – chocolate milano, hazelnut or caramel it imbues an aromatic, almost creamy flavour.

Taking that diversity a step further, the Vanilla syrups works well with any number of fruit-flavour syrups when making Italian Sodas, giving you multiple options for iced beverages in the summer months. The creaminess provided by the Vanilla is an alternative to using actual dairy in an Italian “Cream” Soda.

Coconut Syrup for Coffee

Summer is here and tropically-inspired flavours are in! Torani’s Coconut Syrup is ideally suited for coffee, with the fresh taste of tropically grown coconuts and a liquid consistency that blends perfectly into coffee or espresso-based drinks.

Torani Coconut Syrup

 

Also available for the low carbers, diabetics and those on a diet is the Sugar Free Coconut Syrup.

Best Chocolate Syrup in Canada

There are dozens of manufacturers of chocolate syrups and sauces in Canada, but which is the best? How do you define the best? Everyone has their own criteria, whether it’s cost, taste, how it’s used (drinks vs. topping) or how natural the ingredients are – there’s no one answer-fits-all. We’ll take a look at a couple products here at BuyCoffeeCanada and what we recommend for which application.

Best Chocolate Coffee Syrup

The best chocolate coffee syrup based on reviews from our customers is Torani’s Chocolate Milano Syrup. You’ll get 25 servings out of a $11.95 bottle, getting just under $0.50 per serving. Torani’s chocolate syrup is the best for drinks because it’s thin, making it mix easily in milk and coffee and has a delicious crafted taste. If you’re in Ontario you can use the coupon LOVECOFFEE for an additional 10% off your first order.

Smooth dark chocolate flavour. Delicious in a latte or steamer. My son likes 1/2 shot of Chocolate Milano mixed with a 1/2 shot of Salted Caramel in his steamers, requests it all the time!
– Customer

Best Sugar-Free Chocolate Syrup

Not surprising is that Torani’s Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup is the most preferred of the sugar-free chocolate syrups. Labeled a “syrup” again because of the thin consistency, this mixes perfectly in drinks. Being sweetened with Splenda means that it is safe to use in hot drinks, and doesn’t leave any residual after-taste associated with other sweeteners.

Chocolate all the way. I have used in coffee, tea and hot chocolate and my frozen egg white protein snack for the recipe. It is very chocolate tasting and makes all of my food take on a great chocolate flavor!
– Customer

Best Chocolate Sauce Topping

Another popular application for chocolate syrups or sauces is as a topping for either cappuccinos, ice creams or pie. Torani’s Chocolate Sauce is thicker than the syrup and designed to be used as an accessory to drinks or desserts, instead of mixed into them. The 64oz bottle gives you 64 servings for just $23.21, or almost $0.35 per serving. Again, the LOVECOFFEE coupon will get you 10% off your first order.

I thought this chocolate sauce was amazing. I used it to make incredible hot chocolate. I was able to make hot chocolate at home that far surpassed those that you buy for $5.00 at a coffee shop.
– Customer

Best Organic Chocolate Syrup

From a natural, organic perspective, it doesn’t get much better than the Monin Organic Chocolate Syrup. Made from:

  1. Organic Cane Sugar
  2. Water
  3. Organic Caramel Colour
  4. Natural Chocolate Flavour

The pay-off comes at a price of $14.95 per 25 servings – not a huge difference versus the Torani Chocolate Syrup if the best quality ingredients is the most important aspect to you. The Monin Organic Chocolate Syrup is certified Organic by Quality Assurance International, Vegan, Kosher, Gluten-Free and GMO-Free.

Other Chocolate Syrups

There’s a huge variety of chocolate syrups and sauces – from white chocolate syrups to combined chocolate flavours, we recommend you check out all of them on our chocolate syrups page.

Peach Refresher

Spring is here! With the weather warming up, we’ll start sharing some of our favourite recipes for refreshing, summer drinks that you can make at home with Torani.

Torani Peach Iced TeaTorani Peach Refresher

Simply combine all the ingredients, stir, and enjoy! Peach is a very summery flavour, and goes well with just about any tea – whether you’re a fan of black teas, green teas or white teas. For a low carb option, check out Torani’s Sugar Free Peach Syrup.

Dairy Friendly Torani Syrups

Torani LogoTorani syrups offer dozens of flavours (over 100 varieties including sugar free) and it can be tempting to mix the flavours with milk in an attempt to get children enjoy drinking it. Unfortunately, as most people realize only after mixing, the acidity in Torani’s syrups often cause the milk to curdle and render it unpalatable. It should be noted that milk is only unhealthy if it’s due to bacteria – in the case of syrups and their acidity it’s still safe to consume (and actually tastes the same), but the texture can be gross.

There are a number of things you can do to help avoid the curdling, so that you’re still able to enjoy your drink.

1. Use Less Syrup
While you may not get the full strength of the syrup, using less syrup causes the PH (acidity) levels of the milk to drop less and can help avoid curdling. Instead of a milk-based drink like a steamer that tastes like the flavour you’re using, you get a milk-flavoured beverage that has hints of the syrup. Each flavour is different so this takes some experimenting, but even small amounts can change the drinks’ taste and create a whole new experience for your child.

2. Pour Slower, and Mix Well
Often, we’ve seen the drink only partially curdling when the ratio of syrup-to-milk is too high, causing the acidity of the syrup to have a disproportionate impact on the dairy immediately surrounding it. One solution we’ve seen a cafe use is to add the syrup slowly (using the pumps) while stirring the drink, so that it dissolves quicker and doesn’t have a chance to concentrate into small pools in the drink.

3. Add the Syrup to the Milk, Not Milk to the Syrup
Similar to point #2, adding the syrup to the milk ensures that there’s not a high ratio of syrup to dairy. When you pour milk into syrup sitting at the bottom of the glass, the syrup causes the PH of the milk to drop very quickly and curdles, even though more milk is added after the fact and eventually balances out – the damage is done. By adding syrup to the dairy (and stirring), the syrup can only gradually impact the acidity of the milk and won’t cause curdling.

Another option is to mix the syrup into coffee before adding the two to the milk, in the case of lattes and cappuccinos. This causes the syrup to be less concentrated because it’s already partially dispersed in the coffee, and reduces the odds of it being too concentrated.

4. Sometimes, You Just Can’t Win
Some flavours just don’t mix well with dairy, because of the acidity as well as the flavour. If you need to add too much syrup to get the flavour you need, the dairy will curdle regardless of how carefully it’s mixed. This is the case particularly with citrus-based syrups like Lemon, Lime and Orange.

Torani has developed a couple flavours specifically for mixing with dairy, including the Red Raspberry Syrup, Sugar Free Red Raspberry Syrup, Orange Syrup and Blue Raspberry Syrup. Look for the “dairy friendly” logo on the syrups.

Preview “Chicken N’ Waffles” At The Ex!

Torani announced (then subsequently declared an April Fools joke then subsequently caved into pressure to make it) a Chicken N Waffles Syrup to add to their “gourmet” product line. Americans are familiar with the concept, but if you’re anything like me, you were confused and a little disgusted at the idea.

So you can imagine my joy when I found Chicken N’ Waffles at The Ex this year.

Chicken N’ Waffles at The Ex

Fresh Fried Chicken? Check.
Freshly made Waffles? Check.
Maple Syrup? Check.
Louisiana Hot Sauce? Check.
Powdered Icing? Check.

The thought of a crunchy, salty deep fried meat with hot sauce on a soft, freshly made waffle with sweet maple syrup almost had my stomach turning; but this chance to try the southern “delicacy” that had people lashing out at Torani’s publicity stunt was too good to pass up. When you’re at The Ex, you’re there to try deep fried mars bars wrapped in bacon and other heart-clogging foods, so why not Chicken ‘N Waffles?

My first venture into the poutine-esque container was to skewer a piece of the deep fried chicken without any waffle, not an easy task with flimsy plastic forks. The crunchy outer breading is nice and flavourful and the chicken inside is actual chicken and fresh. Definitely better than anything you get at KFC. The Louisiana hot sauce is delicious and not too overpowering.

Next a stab at the waffle, which without a knife to cut it (awkward in the container anyways) leaves you to pick up the thing whole with your fork and bite off pieces. You’re at an overcrowded carnival that doesn’t have enough seating inside so you don’t feel out of place eating like a slob sitting on a retaining wall outside as hundreds of people swarm around eating a myriad of junk fast food. The waffles are made from batter and baked in a waffle maker on the spot so they’re fresh as well. The maple syrup tastes great on it – and some of the Louisiana hot sauce has soaked in as well, leaving an odd but not entirely unpleasant taste.

Finally the moment of truth. With a piece of waffle left over after you’ve bitten off chunks, and a half of a piece of deep fried chicken, you have to try to pierce both the moist waffle and the crispy chicken with your plastic fork so that you can combine these two delicacies into a supposed mouthly masterpiece. What comes next? Gastronomical bliss? Vomit?

The first thing I noticed was the salted deep fried chicken, in part because it hit my toungue first and in part because the crunchy shell is far more noticeable than the soft waffle. As you begin to chew, it all kind of melds together to form a spicy-salty-sweet thing that has the consistency of some sort of enpanada. I really have no words to describe the texture – it’s not mushy, not chunky per se, but definitely not something you’re used to. The taste itself is not bad, but not great either, just somewhere in between “what am I eating” and “I could have this for dinner… or breakfast… is that lunch… no… err…” The aftertaste is mostly Louisiana hot sauce and maple syrup, which both tend to linger on your taste buds.

And then you realize you’re only half way through the container.

Once you get past the $8.50 price (over $11 with a mandatory bottle of water to wash it down with) it actually isn’t bad. The food isn’t pre-processed frozen items that are microwaved, they’re freshly made on the spot and simply combined in an unconventional way. The serving sizes are actually quite large unfortunately, as you tend to want to try a bunch of things at The Ex but don’t have the stomach capacity to.

It sits heavy in your stomach (in part due to the size) so you feel sluggish the rest of the day, and it’s not something you’d want to consume on a regular basis. Would I recommend getting it as a syrup? If Torani can distinctly separate the salty chicken and sweet waffles, I think it would be a great conversation piece to add to cocktails at a party or a barbeque, but it’s a once-in-a-while syrup, definitely not a daily drinker. For those of you who are interested in trying the Torani Chicken N’ Waffles Syrup, we’re keeping our eyes out for when it does pop-up on our order form and we will be bringing in a limited quantity when it does.

Go by The Ex if you’re in Toronto and you have a chance.

 

Skylar