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Uses for powdered cappuccinos?

janemarcet Feb 12, 2008 06:42 AM

My boyfriend's grandmother has been giving me boxes of powdered instant cappuccinos (basically a mix of dried skimmed milk, sugar and instant coffee) and there's no way I can drink them all. Just looking at the four boxes I currently have sitting in my kitchen deeply discourages me. Some of the boxes are going to expire soon, and I hate to waste food (even when it's horrid powdered-milk food): does anyone have any ideas for a way to use them, in cakes or cookies or something like that?

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    bw2082 Feb 12, 2008 09:47 AM

    maybe you can mix into frosting or whipped cream. If all else fails you can donate it to a food bank or local charity.

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    1. re: bw2082
      janemarcet Feb 19, 2008 07:12 AM

      Thanks, I'll try to find a charity that'll take them. And maybe save a few packets to give the frosting a try..!

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      Nyleve Feb 12, 2008 01:48 PM

      Just give them to the food bank. A few years ago, before a trip overseas, I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to have a decent coffee in the morning (my previous trip to Turkey - believe it or not - was a coffee nightmare when it came to breakfast). So I packed a box of those instant cappuccino thingies figuring, if all else failed, I'd at least have something.


      A worse, more artificial, overly sweetened, strangely textured "coffee"-esque beverage would be hard to imagine. It was the density of glue, but not as tasty. Tan, foamy and nothing but weird. I couldn't drink it. Turns out we were in Greece and the coffee was much better in the places where we stayed, or if not, it was easy to get the good stuff if you needed it.

      Don't drink it. Don't cook with it. Give it away. Surely someone must like that stuff - make their day.

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      1. re: Nyleve
        janemarcet Feb 19, 2008 07:17 AM

        Thanks, I'll look around for a charity that'll take them. Nothing ruins a holiday like not being able to get a decent cup of tea or coffee in the morning, I'm glad it worked out in Greece!

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        phoenikia Feb 19, 2008 07:30 AM

        Haven't tried any of these, but I hadn't realized how versatile intant cappuccino mix could be;)
        pecan pie:

        a cake: http://www.thatsmyhome.com/sweetspot/cappuccino-cake.htm

        a trifle: http://www.recipezaar.com/103625

        brownies: http://www.homecookingmagazine.com/recipes/recipe_detail.html?_id=2429&catmatch=brownies

        sticky buns: http://www.recipelink.com/mf/31/41545

        scones: http://www.dianasdesserts.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipes.recipeListing/filter/guests/recipeID/1601/Recipe.cfm

        a smoothie: http://www.cooksrecipes.com/beverage/coffee_banana_smoothie_recipe.html

        mock tiramisu: http://www.heavenlytiramisu.com/rcp-2...

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        1. re: phoenikia
          janemarcet Feb 21, 2008 07:35 AM

          Wow, phoenikia, thanks so much!! I'm going to try out the cake or the brownies first, they sound good – and I think I'll test the mock tiramisu recipe on an Italian friend of mine, see what she thinks of it . . . The recipe sounds so mad, I can't even begin to imagine how it will taste!

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