Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sugar (ding ding ding, ding ding) Awww Honey Honey

Honey in coffee is not the same!

First thought: Bleck!
Second thought: Maybe, ugh! Eww.
Third thought: Maybe I can get used to plain black coffee.

Sugar is my nemesis. Don't get me wrong, I am not a sweets-type. I don't go for the baked goods and candy as much as the chips and salsa. If I never had a cookie again I would be alright.

But I like sugar in my coffee and iced tea. I like sugar on my grapefruit and cereal. I like adding a tablespoon to my pot of tomato or meat sauce and a dash in my chili. I like these almond crescent Christmas cookies my mom makes and rolls in superfine sugar and the apple crumb cake she makes in the fall (the latter are once in a while, but in excess when they are around). White sugar, not brown, totally processed into granulated nirvana.

Maybe that is too far. I have tried to get into the Purevia and Truvia and Stevia and Splenda bandwagons. I blanch at the nastiness of the first two, the off-taste of the third and the downright processed headache-inducing last. Honey, or bee-vomit as my Vegan friends say (ugh, the thought grosses me out), is my friend and I love it in tea and oatmeal. I really like it in Greek yogurt and maybe a piece of toast. But in coffee, hells no.

Someone at work suggested honey as a alternative sugar for coffee (and real maple syrup another). This is not the first time I have heard this, in fact I have seen it added at Starbucks and Panera, and watched with awe. Who are these weirdos?

Since I have two different kinds of liquid gold at my desk, I tried. It is not the same. At all.

Perhaps I will get used to it. I want to stop the 3 spoons of sugar I add to my black coffee. Perhaps stop the Large Black 4 sugars from D&D (when I splurge on a coffee out).  I can do this, I guess.

I just have to get over the oddity of flavor and, strangely, texture, first. Or else I can try adding milk, or Cow Puss-filled Lactate as my brother informed me (seriously ruining dairy for me). Black. I can always go Black.

I hear you never go back.


  1. Trader Joe's sells raw organic agave. It's the best.

    would it be too bold to suggest that you kick the coffee?
    (ducking and running)


  2. lynette, i just made my first juice!!! I many days ago did i tell you i got my juicer? honestly, i was petrified. i was scared to death to use the juicer, it felt complicated and i was really scared i was going to hate the juice. ough. i was awfulizing big time. well, i put my big girl pants on today and went to a farmers market. i got some stuff and come home with it. then i googled a recipe to use with kale. so i got this (and had all of the ingredients):

    5-6 leaves kale
    1 head of romaine lettuce
    2 apples or pears (i used apples)
    1 lemon

    this made 20 ounces.

    ok - totally yummy. a little too sweet for me, actually, so i know that i could have used more greens and it would still be tasty as ever. it tastes a lot better than it smells, i get why you are using that cute cup with the straw now.

    ok, don't want to monopolize this hizzy.


  3. Ha! When I fasted, I gave up the coffee. I am a junkie, a one cup a day junkie, and I like the buzz. Coffee breath is fine by me. I will try the Agave, thanks.

    On to the juice! I know how daunting the thing seems. But you get used to it and cleaning it goes down to minutes when you are a pro. I like that recipe. It is a good start. I like the cup with a straw because of the color and the smell. While the fruit juices are amazing, the dark green juices are so strong. Good luck!

  4. I'm about to start my fast so I won't be drinking my lovely coffee for awhile, but my favorite is actually a latte. (I have an espresso machine - it's my favorite kitchen appliance right now but I haven't gotten my juicer yet!) I do half soy milk (or regular) and two shots of good espresso. And then a little bit of sugar-free raspberry syrup flavoring and some real maple syrup. SO good.


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