Coffee Fact Friday: Ice Out!

Each spring people gather on the banks of frozen lakes watching the black crumbly ice shift from the north shore to the south shore making predictions of when their lakes are free of ice.  When the final ice sheet melts, it is time to celebrate. 

True, ice-covered lakes do have admirers.  After an exhilarating snowmobile ride across a frozen lake, it is comforting to hold a steaming mug of coffee, inhaling the sweet aroma of freshly brewed coffee, warming your hands and very soul.
But it is April 29.  Time to trade a stocking cap for a sun visor, time to sit on the dock dangling your toes in the lake and sip a Frosty Frappuccino.  Gather friends and family to celebrate Ice Out Day with Caramel Mocha Almond Popcorn Clusters.
If you think Ice Fishing means looking for more ice cubes for your Frozen Coffee Cooler and Ice Out Day means you need to purchase a bag of ice–then celebrate Save the Frog Day or William and Kate’s Royal wedding on April 29 by hosting a healthy brew.

Coffee Fact Friday:  Caffeine has potential health benefits.  Numerous research studies documenting coffee habits reveal that compared to noncoffee drinkers, coffee drinkers are less likely to have Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and dementia.  Now that’s good news for all coffee lovers.  Coffee is full of antioxidants and minerals such as magnesium and chromium.  But……caffeine may not be the only factor.  Perhaps, exercise, better diets and being a loyal reader of coffeesnobology may prove to be advantageous.  That’s our position.

Caramel Mocha Almond Popcorn Clusters
•    10 cups freshly popped popcorn
•    2 cups whole almonds
•    1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
•    ½ cup butter
•    ¼ cup corn syrup
•    2 teaspoons vanilla
•    1 teaspoon almond extract
•    ¼ cup strong coffee
•    ½ teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Spray 15 x 10 baking sheet with non-stick spray.  Mix popcorn and almonds in large bowl.
Combine brown sugar, butter, coffee and corn syrup in a saucepan
Over low heat, stir mixture until sugar dissolves.  Increase heat to high and boil 5 min.  Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, almond extract and baking soda.  Pour over popcorn and almonds, immediately stirring gently to coat.  Pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet, spread evenly.  Bake for 1 hour in preheated oven.  Cool completely.  Break into pieces and store in airtight container.


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2 Responses to “Coffee Fact Friday: Ice Out!”

  1. Katharine Lehmkuhl Says:

    Ice Out Day is indeed a time for celebration. After looking out our window at the frozen mass for the past six months, seeing moving water is exhilarating. It never ceases to amaze me; always a miracle.

  2. Lynn Says:

    The Caramel Mocha Almond Popcorn Clusters (made with 1/4 cup strong coffee) is a tasty snack to share.

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