How to make blended coffees better than Starbucks…. because information should be free, especially about food, so everyone can make informed decisions about what they put in their bodies and so we can all eat amazing things all the time!
It wasn’t the easiest decision for me to give up this secret, I scoured the internet hard and experimented a lot to find it, but its probably my best party trick aside from my cookies… which I’ll get to in another post.
Anyways, lets get to it. Ever tried to throw some stuff in a blender at home in hopes of turning out a frappuccino? Milk, espresso, ice… and blend… and turn out an icy listless pile of slop that you then look at and think “Maybe it’ll still taste good,” and so you try to turn it out into a nice tall cup you’ve set aside for yourself, and a pile of liquid runs out, and you think “Weird”, but then its followed by a block of flavourless ice shards that doesn’t collect nicely for pouring, instead slamming into the cup and half onto the counter. So now, frustrated, invested, and probably initially hot and kinda desperate before you even began, you take a drink and really, its cold, watery coffee flavoured ice.
Got a little carried away there, you can see I’ve been through this a few times though… and now I have the answer, and I call it the Magic Gums!
Turns out theres a fun thing that happens when you combine a certain amount of Xanthan Gum and Guar Gums in the presence of liquid. Either gum on their own in the liquid will have a much less effect even in greater quantities, but together, they make a blended drink surreally creamy, thick, and delicious. It also increases volume and greatly improves consistency, and can be used with milky or not milky drinks…. just not so well with almond milk.
So like everything that seems too good to be true, I was highly skeptical, so more research… turns out xanthan gum is a byproduct of a bacteria eating lactose, and is in great supply due to the way commercial cheeses are made in North America, and guar gum is made from the outside of a bean… so both are naturally derived, huzzuh! Likewise, if you pick up a frappuccino mix from the grocery store, you’ll find both of these ingredients, but you’ll also find a whole lot of questionable ones that with this secret, you can now avoid putting in your body.
One last fun fact about this combination of gums…. it binds to things in your intestines, much like chia seeds and their goo, and helps keep things moving…. ahem.
Combine 2 parts Guar Gum to 1 part Xanthan Gum
Use 1/4 tsp per beverage
Thats it, just a quarter teaspoon, so a little goes a long long way. You can try experimenting too, heres my two favourites that aren’t on the menu.
Fill a mug with ice
Top up 3/4 with Sammich Lemonade
Add 1/4 tsp of Magic Gums & Blend
Banana Milkshake Smoothie
Put a banana in a mug
Fill rest with ice
Top up 3/4 with Milk
Add 1/4 tsp Magic Gums & Blend
You can even add cocoa to that last one and make it a Chocolate Banana Milkshake…. tastes like childhood memories.