Breakfasts at our house are busy. Not to the point of being frantic, but busy enough that nobody really has time to lounge about (except for me, but that’s because I need my morning alone time so much that I usually get up at about 5:30. Yes, even weekends). Not only are they busy, but they are early. Wake-up time for the kids starts at 6, and during the winter/early spring months, breakfast is whatever is quick, and is eaten while it’s still dark out. Cereal, hard-boiled eggs, or oatmeal are usually the main fare, with some fruit on the side. The girls all eat it, albeit kind of less than enthusiastically. So I thought it would be fun to spice things up a bit, and headed out to Walmart.
In their bakery department, there was a Delicious Pairings sign featuring Starbucks coffee and Walmart bakery goods.
Now I’m the kind of person who has the “coffee is coffee” mentality. It has caffeine, it wakes me up and gets me going in the morning. Food pairings are for wine. But to say that certain types of coffee and food actually match up? I thought it would be interesting to try this out and see if there is any truth in it.
I love going to Starbucks for a treat a couple times every week, but I must admit that I’ve never bought their bagged brew at home coffee. I decided that the Dark French Roast would be fun to try out, and the list states that it pairs well with roasted nut, caramelized sugar, roasted vegetables and milk or dark chocolate. Very interesting. Now what to try out with my coffee…
Cinnamon rolls! One of the kids’ favorite treats. Perfect! I bought them both and went on home to try them out.
Of course for the sake of scientific research, I had to do a “test run”. So I made sure to get up extra early to be able to try out a cinnamon roll and a hot cup of coffee before the kids got up. I got everything set up and to the table. Now I must admit that I am not a huge dark coffee drinker, most of the brands that I tried are really bitter. So I wasn’t sure what I would think about this, but it wasn’t bitter at all. It says on the bag “Intense and Smoky”, and it is both. I would never think to use “smoky” as a descriptive for coffee, but that is actually the best word to use. I took a couple more sips, then tried the cinnamon roll. Then I took a sip of the coffee again, and it tasted completely different! The flavors of both complimented each other so well, I was shocked!
I knew that the girls would love their breakfasts this time, and I was right! Smiles all around, and they almost made a party out of it! It was a great surprise for them, and they can’t wait for another round of cinnamon rolls (and I cant wait for another delicious pairing! I’m headed back to Walmart as soon as possible to try out another pairing)
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