How to Make a Perfect Candy Bar Latte at Home

Joshua Allerton
February 21, 2024

I've always been a fan of bringing the coffee shop experience home. There's something incredibly satisfying about crafting your own perfect cup. Today, I'm excited to share a recipe that's a game-changer: the Candy Bar Latte. It's a sweet, indulgent treat that combines your favourite chocolate bar with the rich, comforting warmth of a latte.

This recipe is perfect for those days when you're craving something sweet but don't want to step out. It's easy, quick, and you'll wonder why you've never tried it before. Let's dive into how you can make your own Candy Bar Latte at home, turning your kitchen into your new favourite coffee shop.

Choosing the Right Candy Bar

When I'm whipping up a Candy Bar Latte at home, the choice of chocolate bar can make or break the drink. It's all about finding that perfect balance between sweet, creamy, and indulgent. Here are a few guidelines that I follow to pick just the right candy bar for my latte creations:

  • Snickers: Ideal for those who love a hint of nuttiness with their sweetness. The nougat and caramel blend seamlessly with the coffee, creating a rich, multi-layered flavour.
  • Twix: Perfect for adding a touch of caramel and a biscuity crunch. It's especially delightful when you're after a latte that's both smooth and has a bit of texture.
  • Milky Way: Offers a milder, creamier taste, which is excellent for anyone who prefers their latte on the sweeter, less intense side.
  • Rolo: If you're a fan of extra caramel in your latte, this is the candy bar for you. It melts beautifully, delivering a luxuriously smooth caramel experience.

Here’s how I incorporate the chosen candy bar into my latte:

  1. Chop or crush the candy bar into small pieces.
  2. Brew a strong espresso or coffee shot.
  3. Warm and froth your milk of choice.
  4. Stir the candy bar pieces into the hot espresso, allowing them to melt.
  5. Pour the frothed milk over the melted candy bar espresso mixture.
  6. Top with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or chocolate shavings for that extra touch.

Remember, the key is experimentation. Don't be afraid to try different candy bars or combinations to discover what tickles your taste buds the most.

Ingredients You'll Need

Diving into the candy bar latte, it's crucial to have the right ingredients. I've experimented quite a bit and found that simple, quality ingredients make all the difference. Here's what you'll need for one serving:

  • Espresso or strong coffee: About 60ml. I prefer freshly brewed for that unbeatable aroma and depth.
  • Milk: 150ml, any type works. I often lean towards full-fat for a creamier texture, but almond or oat milk offers a delightful twist.
  • Your favourite candy bar: Choose based on what we discussed earlier. I usually go for a Snickers or a Twix for that perfect blend of chocolate, caramel, and a bit of crunch.
  • Sugar: Optional, depending on the sweetness of your candy bar and personal preference.

Preparing Your Candy Bar Latte

Follow these steps for a latte so good, you'll want to make it a daily ritual:

  1. Brew your espresso or strong coffee. If using espresso, aim for a double shot.
  2. Chop the candy bar into small pieces. This helps it melt evenly in the hot espresso.
  3. Warm your milk and froth it. You can use a milk frother or a simple whisk. For a dairy-free version, almond or oat milk froths beautifully with a creamier texture.
  4. Combine the chopped candy bar with the hot espresso in a large cup. Stir until the candy is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
  5. Pour in the frothed milk, gently mixing it with the espresso-candy base. If you've opted for sugar, add it now and stir well.

I encourage you to play around with the milk-to-espresso ratio and the type or amount of candy bar to match your taste. Personally, I found adding a little extra chocolate on top, either as shavings or a light drizzle, really brings out the flavours.

Brewing the Perfect Espresso

When it comes to making a candy bar latte, the espresso is the foundation of the drink. I've found that a strong, well-brewed espresso brings out the best in the candy bar flavours. Here's how I brew mine to perfection every time.

Choosing the Right Coffee Beans

First things first, the choice of coffee beans is paramount. For a robust espresso, I always go for a dark roast. These beans lend a bold flavour that complements the sweetness of the candy bar without getting overshadowed.

Grinding Your Beans

Next up is grinding the beans. I can't stress enough how important it is to grind your coffee beans just before brewing. This ensures the freshest, most flavourful espresso. Aim for a fine grind, similar to table salt. This is crucial for a proper espresso extraction.

The Espresso Machine Setup

Let's talk about the espresso machine. Before adding your coffee, make sure the machine is properly heated. I typically let mine warm up for about 15 minutes. This ensures everything's at the right temperature for an even extraction.

Pulling the Shot

  1. Dose your coffee: I use about 18 grams of coffee for a double shot. This might vary slightly depending on your machine and preferences.
  2. Tamp evenly: After adding the coffee to the portafilter, give it a good, even tamp. This means applying about 30 pounds of pressure in a straight down motion. It’s all about consistency here.
  3. Brew time: Finally, it’s time to pull the shot. A good rule of thumb is aiming for a 25-30 second brew time. The result should be about 60ml of liquid gold.

Fine-Tuning

Don't be afraid to experiment a bit with your espresso. Adjusting the grind size, dose, or tamping pressure can lead to subtle changes in the flavour profile. It's all about finding what works best for you and your candy bar latte.

I've found that keeping a consistent routine and paying attention to the details makes all the difference in brewing the perfect espresso. It might take a few tries to get everything just right, but the end result is well worth it.

Combining the Ingredients

Once we've nailed the perfect espresso shot, it's time to blend our ingredients together and bring the candy bar latte to life. Trust me, this part is as exciting as it sounds, and the simplicity of it all might just surprise you.

For the candy bar latte, you'll need:

  • 1 shot of espresso (we've covered how to make this)
  • 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup, for that rich, chocolatey base
  • 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce, adding a silky, smooth sweetness
  • 1 cup of steamed milk, to bring it all together
  • Whipped cream, for topping
  • A pinch of sea salt, this is optional but highly recommended
  • Extra caramel sauce and a small piece of your favourite candy bar for garnish

Here's how to combine these delicious components:

  1. Start with the syrup and sauce. In your chosen cup, mix the chocolate syrup and caramel sauce thoroughly.
  2. Pour in the espresso. This blends the chocolate and caramel with the coffee, creating a harmonious base.
  3. Add the steamed milk. Slowly pour it over the espresso mix, watching as the colours and flavours start to combine.
  4. Top with whipped cream. As much or as little as you like, but it's a latte, so don't hold back.
  5. Finish with a drizzle of caramel sauce, a sprinkle of sea salt, and a piece of candy bar. This not only makes your latte look incredible but the flavours are out of this world.

Remember, the key to a fantastic candy bar latte lies in the quality of your ingredients and the love you put into making it. While the recipe is simple, don't be afraid to experiment with different syrups, milks, or espresso shots to tailor it to your taste. The joy of making your own coffee at home is the freedom to tweak and perfect your drink until it's exactly how you like it.

Enjoying Your Candy Bar Latte

After crafting the perfect candy bar latte, it's time for the best part - enjoying it. But before I dive into the first sip, let me share a few tips on how to enhance this indulgent experience.

Firstly, ambience matters. I like to set up a cozy spot with my favourite book or playlist in the background. It's all about creating a moment of relaxation and enjoyment. Whether it's a quiet morning nook or a dimly lit evening corner of your room, the right setting can turn this coffee experience into a mini escape.

Next, picking the right mug can add to the charm. I have a particular ceramic mug that just feels right. It's both about how it feels in your hands and its aesthetic appeal. Sometimes, I even go for a clear glass mug; watching the layers of the latte meld together is a small joy in itself.

As for the latte itself, here’s a quick recap on how to whip up this delicious treat:

  • Ingredients:
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Caramel sauce
  • Espresso shot
  • Steamed milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Sea salt
  • A piece of your favourite candy bar for garnish
  • Steps:
  1. Mix chocolate syrup and caramel sauce at the bottom of the mug.
  2. Pour in the freshly brewed espresso.
  3. Add steamed milk to the mix, leaving some room for the whipped cream.
  4. Top with a generous amount of whipped cream.
  5. Drizzle caramel sauce and sprinkle sea salt.
  6. Garnish with a piece of the candy bar.

Remember, savouring your candy bar latte is about taking your time. I find the layers of flavour evolve as the latte cools slightly, revealing subtle notes of chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Each sip is a delightful balance of sweet and salty, with the richness of the espresso shining through.

Pairing your latte with a small snack can also elevate the experience. A simple biscuit or a slice of plain cake complements the flavours without overpowering them. It's about enhancing, not competing.

Conclusion

Crafting the perfect candy bar latte is more than just a recipe; it's an experience. I've shared how setting the right ambiance and choosing your favourite mug can transform your coffee moment into something truly special. Remember, it's not just about mixing ingredients; it's about enjoying the journey from the first to the last sip. As you let the harmony of sweet and salty flavours dance on your palate, don't forget to pair it with a little snack for that extra touch of indulgence. So go ahead, make your next coffee break an extraordinary one with this delightful latte. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

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