Getting Real With +Shadra Bruce, Owner of +MomsGetReal

I only drank the mildest of coffees made even more bland with milk and lots of sugar before I met Dave. Dave was a black coffee-drinking, coffee bean chewing, give me a double shot of espresso kind of guy. While I still can’t quite manage a straight shot, my taste in coffee has developed immensely in the 15 years that Dave and I have been together.

From my first espresso in San Marco Square in Venice to my daily cappuccino at Claude Postel Pâtisserie in Montreal when we visit to the standard half a pot of delicious black coffee that starts my mornings, coffee has become an indispensible part of my daily routine.

On the weekends, Dave gets out the espresso maker and we make lattes. We’ve long been fans of Torani syrups, and always have on hand some of our standard faves – caramel, vanilla, and chocolate (nothing makes a better mocha latte!) but thanks to my partnership with SheSpeaks, I was invited to try a couple of different Torani flavors I’d not yet had the opportunity to try: Hazelnut and Pumpkin Pie.

Arriving just in time for the holiday season, we were anxious to try the Pumpkin Pie Torani syrup, which made the most exquisitely flavored lattes.

Torani’s description says, “Have your pie and drink it too. Add the rich creaminess of the pumpkin pie filling to your coffee and feel the holiday cheer. Nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices murmur softly in the background. What’s that you say? Pour me another.”

I couldn’t agree more! I definitely could not stop with just one, and this is one syrup where a little extra simply enlivens the flavor. It was like having a piece of pumpkin pie and a cup of coffee, without the guilt or extra 30 minutes on the treadmill afterward! Torani’s Hazelnut proved to be just as delicious, offering rich, nutty undertones and full flavor.

10 reasons why I love Torani

10. Family-owned business started in 1925

9. Community-focused: it’s not just about profits

8. Focused on sustainability, implementing and supporting green values

7. 100+ high-quality syrups

6. Commitment to treating their employees well

5. Pure, wholesome ingredients – no high fructose corn sugar!! – and sugar-free varieties of their syrups so even those on a restricted sugar intake can enjoy great flavors

4. Most of the syrups are gluten-free (only Bacon, Classic Caramel, Sugar Free Classic Caramel, Toasted Marshmallow and Sugar Free French Vanilla are not)

3. All Torani syrups are Kosher-certified (except Grape) and many are Halal certified, including (Syrups): Butterscotch, Caramel, Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Chocolate Milano, Coffee, Crème De Menthe, English Toffee, French Vanilla, Maple, Strawberry, Tiramisu, Vanilla; (Sauces): Caramel , Chocolate, White Chocolate; and (Blended): Strawberry Puree Blend, Strawberry Real Fruit Smoothie Mix.

2. All Torani containers, glass and plastic, are recyclable. Torani says, “We’re kind of fanatical about being a friend to the environment, so we’re always seeking out packaging materials that incorporate recycled content. And we’re constantly on the lookout for supplier partners that share our commitment to sustainable operations.”

and the number one reason I love Torani…

You can use their syrups in many ways beyond coffee!

Tracy at Saving in Sumner adds Torani chocolate chip syrup to her chocolate chip pancake batter, and makes her own vanilla coffee creamer with Torani vanilla syrup. Mikki at The Not So Perfect Housewife suggests adding it to cocktails and teas. Sabrina at The Juggling Housewife doesn’t even like coffee (not even with Torani syrups) so she adds them to hot chocolate instead.

We love the idea of using Torani syrups beyond the latte, and every year on Christmas eve, we make eggnog peppermint milkshakes with the kids after we go out looking at Christmas lights. This year, we’re going to make them with our standard peppermint ice cream and eggnog, but add a few teaspoons of Torani peppermint syrup (which is also my favorite addition to hot chocolate).

Peppermint Eggnog Milkshake Recipe

½ gallon of peppermint ice cream
1 pint of eggnog
6 tablespoons of Torani peppermint syrup

Put it all in a blender and blend until the consistency is to your liking. Add additional eggnog as needed.

This recipe makes six shakes, so you can easily halve it for a smaller family.

I received samples of Torani’s syrups from SheSpeaks.com in exchange for my review, but signed up to participate because of my genuine adoration of Torani. Stop by for a latte sometime and I’ll show you what I mean!

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