Mr. Food: Frozen Banana Latte

This time of year when we are outdoors a lot, high on our list of favorites: ice cold specialty coffee drinks come to mind, but they can also get pricey.

So how can we treat ourselves to a frosty taste of that gourmet brew without breaking our budgets? Well, here's the scoop.

In a blender we combine 1-1/2 cups strong coffee, 3/4 cup half-and-half, 2 frozen ripe bananas cut in half, 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup ice cubes.

We give it a whirl until it's nice and frothy, and we've got what I call a refreshing chilled Chocolate Banana Latte! Now, what is a latte? Well, coffee aficionados will tell you that it's a blend of strong coffee, like espresso, and foamy steamed milk. Our version takes those popular flavors a step further.

It puts a chilly twist on 'em.

Plus we can use regular milk instead of half-and-half, and for those of us who prefer decaf, that's fine too! You simply serve it up in a tall glass with a straw, and a spoon to scoop up every thick rich drop! And sip and spoon away! Look, if you'd like the recipe, just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, marked “Frozen Banana Latte,” to me, Mr.
Food, back at the station, or it's online now for basking in some summery sippin' pleasure that tastes like it came from a specialty coffeehouse.

But uh uh! It's our house blend or, outside like this, it's our picnic blend, and every drop is an "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!®"