So, I’m still formulating in my mind the ideal Spinach salad. Two things I’m certain of is goat cheese and caramelized red onions.

The best salad dressing I had in my entire life was at this event Henry had to lead worship for. I’m not sure if I mentioned it, or if Henry would agree, but it was amazing salad dressing. I actually asked the workers there as they were cleaning up about it, because you know, sometimes they just buy it and maybe I could too. But they said they asked the kitchen and that it was a house recipe.

So, as you may or may not know, one of my obsessions is the Caramel Apple Cider at Starbucks.

SN. When I like something I frequently get obsessed with it. Like Survivor, spinach salads, stuff like that. My dad says that he’s the same way – he gets obsessive about things, like Tetris and Minesweeper. Anyway, he doesn’t want me to drink ever because obsessive, addicted behavior is in our blood. But anyway.

It angers me though that the CAC costs so much. So, I was going to try to figure out how to make it at home. I bought some packets of instant cider and the closest thing I could find to caramel, just caramel ice cream topping. But then I forgot about it.

But the other day, I ordered one and I noticed what they use for cider. It’s just ordinary Treetop brand. I can’t remember the exact product, but I was stunned that they just use Treetop juice/cider. So, I got obsessed with finding out exactly how they do it.

The thing is, they also add some Torani syrup. You know, those Italian flavored syrups they have. But I didn’t know which one. So I went to Piazza’s to see what they have and found a caramel flavored syrup. So I was going to try that, but decided I’d order another CAC just to do more research.

So, I found out the syrup they use is Cinnamon flavored Torani. But this time they didn’t show the apple cider container. In fact, it was just that one random time that I’ve ever seen the container. But, I know it’s Treetop. I also know they use Cinnamon Torani syrup. The caramel they add is from an unmarked squeeze bottle, but I think the ice cream topping will be close. So I almost have the exact ingredients for Starbucks’ CAC. I’m going to do some tests – I’ll keep you posted.

What a loser I am. I’m actually thinking of buying an espresso machine just to make the CAC just like Starbucks. I think that’s how they prepare the cider – running hot steam through it. I’ll need to do more research. But yeah, I’m a loser.

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