Cafe au Lait and Caramels

Friday, February 17, 2012 is National Cafe au Lait Day and a Cafe au Lait is defined as:

Cafe au lait is French for “coffee with milk”. The same drink is called caffe latte in Italy and cafe con leche in Spain. It is made with a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio of dark roast brewed coffee to heated milk or half-n-half. Add sugar to taste!

Based on how I fix and like my coffee (a little coffee with lots of half and half and sweetener), I drink a cafe au lait-style coffee daily, which I pronounce as oh-lay, not ahh-late.

A national holiday is not needed for me to enjoy a homemade Cafe au Lait.

This one is even creamier. I guess you’d call it Cafe au Baileys. Aka: Cafe au So Good.

I’ve also been enjoying these caramels and they are especially wonderful washed down with a cup of coffee.

Along with my love of coffee, I love caramels, caramel sauce, and caramel-flavored anything…

Caramel Apple Bars (GF with Vegan adaptation)

Caramel Maple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Raw Vegan GF Caramels (sandwich style with peanut butter in the middle)

Caramel Peanut Butter and Apricot Jelly Bars (GF with Vegan adaptation)

I just unwrapped 40 caramels and made something else with them.

My fingers are tired after all that unwrapping, but it was so worth it. The recipe is coming.

The Peanut Butter Cheerios Giveaway winners will be announced Friday.

Are you celebrating Cafe au Lait Day with coffee or any specialty coffee drinks?

I will be, indeed. It’s a holiday that I celebrate every day, a few times over.

I want to give a special shoutout to longtime reader and friend, Michele S., who sent me a delicious bag of coffee, which I’ve been savoring the past few mornings.

Do you like caramels?

I love them and if you have any favorite caramel recipes, link them here, where you can easily drop in a picture, too.

TGIF and enjoy your weekend!

   

41 Responses to “Cafe au Lait and Caramels”

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    Tasha @ Voracious Eats — February 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I LOVE caramel anything! It’s that salty sweet combo that we are both such fans of. It’s breakfast time here and now you’ve got me craving a giant bowl of salted caramel ice cream!

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    Emily (Edible Psychology) — February 17, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Realizing I couldn’t have Bailey’s anymore was one of the most difficult things for me about giving up dairy! The cafe au bailey’s sounds soooo good right about now (even though it’s only 9:30 in the morning here).

    Have a great weekend!
    ~Emily~

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    brandi taylor — February 17, 2012 at 2:29 am

    The hubby and I will take a walk later to get some yummy coffee from midnight oil, the coffee shop down the road were all the young college students like to hang out. I try to stay away from coffee most of the time, lol, but since you innnsist :-) .

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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — February 17, 2012 at 3:05 am

    I’m trying to get out the door for my run right now and I could definitely use a cafe au lait! I’ll be drinking up when I finish :)

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    Paula — February 17, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Every day is cafe au lait day for me too. Love caramels because they’re rich and sugar-ful! That pumpkin pie smoothie is looking mighty good so I’m hoping I can still find canned pumpkin. Once I decide I want something, I just get on a mission for it! Looking forward to your caramel recipe.

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 17th, 2012 at 8:01 am

      You could more than likely make it with boiled and mashed sweet potatoes, too, if you can’t find pumpkin…or a squash that’s golden-colored. Most canned “pumpkin” in the US is actually squash anyway.

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    Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama — February 17, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Today is the 17th. I only know that because it’s my dad’s birthday :-)

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 17th, 2012 at 8:00 am

      thank you! You’d think I could get the details right…but life of a mom and rushing to do everything…you know how it is. Thank you for the catch…fixed. :)

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      • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} replied: — February 17th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

        Yep, I hear you! Last week I put the complete wrong dates on my weekly dinner post. I caught it right after I published it. Tired brains at work. :-)

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    Katie — February 17, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Drinking a coffee right now, minus the au lait part. I think it still counts.

    Caramel, eh? Looking forward to seeing what you made. I’ve got some new food finds to use this weekend!

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    Heather (Where's the Beach) — February 17, 2012 at 5:36 am

    I always loved caramels. They go really good with pretzels! My sister and I unwrapped a million, melted them and dipped pretzels in the caramel before dipping into chocolate one year. So flipping good.

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    Kristi — February 17, 2012 at 5:46 am

    I love anything with caramel. I didn’t realize today was a holiday! I may have a soy caramel flavored coffee in my future now :) Those caramel apple bars look delicious!

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — February 17, 2012 at 5:48 am

    I’ve had twice as much coffee as usual this morning – glad I have an excuse now! ;)

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    Kelli@kellird.com — February 17, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Maybe we should celebrate by buying the milk frother ;)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 17, 2012 at 7:47 am

    I loooove caramels! I would love to make my own someday!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 17th, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Start with the caramel sauce I linked to get used to boiling sugar and what it’s like working with something so hot is my advise and then work on to something solid :)

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — February 17, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I love a light and sweet coffee too :) Such a nice treat. Sometimes I like caramel, sometimes not so much…I guess it depends on what it’s used in! happy weekend!

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    Sally — February 17, 2012 at 7:57 am

    hey averie! love all your caramel recipes. i’ve been meaning to make your caramel peanut butter and apricot jelly bars!! oh and your caramel apple bars! yummmmm

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    Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness — February 17, 2012 at 8:00 am

    EVERY DAY IS CAFE AU LAIT DAY.

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — February 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I’ve had my eye on that Baily’s creamer forever. Looks good!

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    Amber K — February 17, 2012 at 11:06 am

    While I hate coffee, I am allll over caramels. I got so frustrated making Christmas treats because I had to unwrap a billion little individually wrapped candy canes. I can’t imagine doing the same with caramels. But whatever I’d be making with them would be totally worth it!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 17th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      The caramel wrappers were sort of stuck on there so every single one I really had to PRY off. lol

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    Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous — February 17, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Carmel anything is good for me!

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    Cassie — February 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I love coffee and I love caramels. Really wish we could meet up for a cafe au lait about now ! :-)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    oh man, it’s about that time at work that i would LOVE another cup of coffee & seeing this just makes me want to get one (or make this) even more!!

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    Robyn | Add a Pinch — February 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I absolutely love cafe au lait and yours looks like perfection!!! Now, I want one very badly! :)

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    Michele Sparrow — February 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Awww….thanks for the shout out, Averie!! That totally made my day!! I am so glad you are enjoying it. I thoroughly enjoy my coffee every day! So any day that calls for MORE coffee celebration…I am ON it! :-)

    Caramels are much loved in this house as well. My boys used to love caramel apples at the fair every year when they were small. Gotta do something with caramel soon, here! Have a beautiful weekend, my friend! xoxo

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 17th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      YOU totally made my MORNINGS every day this week when I was savoring that coffee. Thank you, again!

      I have a caramel recipe coming up. You’ll have plenty to “do with it”, soon :)

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — February 18, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I love caramel stuff too … that reminds me that I have burnt caramel sauce in my cupboard! I haven’t cracked it open yet!

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    frenchtwistedwoman — February 22, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Enjoyed reading your post. Your pictures are great, too. Here is my comment on cafe au lait.
    http://frenchtwistedwoman.com/2012/02/22/cafe-au-lait-coffee/

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