The tag line on my blog promises writing "on raising a son on the autism spectrum, progressive politics, pop culture, and coffee addiction". I write a great deal about my parenting journey and about the interesting twists in the road that my son's autism provides. I throw in a healthy smattering of political views from left of center, and I've added in a few suggestions about books, television, music and movies along the way. But, I have to admit, my coffee addiction has been woefully underrepresented on the blog.
The same cannot be said for my actual life, in which only parenting supersedes coffee as a draw for my time and attention.
So here it is - a post about my newest coffee-related addiction: Dunkin Donuts flavor shots.
I'm a late-comer to this particular party because I'm not usually a fan of flavored coffees. What I've discovered, however, is that I'm not a fan of coffee made from flavored coffee beans. Flavor shots are completely different. Flavor shots take an already fantastic cup of coffee and add a little bit of heaven.
There are nine different flavors available: French vanilla, toasted almond, raspberry, hazelnut, coconut, chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, blueberry. I've not yet tried them all because as I was making my way through the list - coconut (yum), chocolate (not bad), caramel (ooo!) - it occurred to me that I was probably adding 600 calories of fat to my daily caffeine intake. So I asked a worker for some more information about them, and she told me that they were sugar-free and added a mere 20 calories per cup. (The bad news is that there is probably not a single ingredient in them that actually occurs in nature. But, you know - whatever.)
And here's where I get to the good part. In addition to answering my questions, the worker gave me a life-changing piece of information: the flavors can be combined.
"Try the Almond Joy," she said.
"The Almond Joy?" I asked.
"A three-way combo of chocolate, toasted almond, and coconut."
"Really? It's good?"
"Trust me on this one."
Luckily, I am, by nature, a trusting soul.
I'm trying to pace myself. I'm trying to limit myself to one (or two) a week, so I don't flame out too fast. But, really. Almond Joy. It really is all that.
Trust me on this one.