Missing your favorite coffee shop? Want to make fun and easy latte art at home? This is a fun and easy way! It's also a great way to jazz up hot chocolate and other winter beverages!
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If you're new around here, I've been on a quest to create a coffee shop experience at home for several years. While I've been able to create delectable lattes, cappuccinos, and other coffee based beverages, I've never been able to master latte art, and I've realized I never will.
Although I will never be able to swirl beautiful hearts and tulips into my foam, I'd still like to jazz up my coffee for a holiday or for guests (when we're allowed to have them again). I was buying a tone of things that I didn't need at browsing Target one day when I saw a "latte" stencil. A light bulb went off. Now this was one tiny stencil and I didn't love the design, but it occurred to me there might be a whole world of latte stencils out there. There is.
A quick search on Amazon will pull up 100's of options, I purchased this one. It came with 16 stencils with various holiday patterns and the shaker as well. I especially liked that it came with a ring to hold them all because I leave them on a hook on my coffee bar for easy access. They're stainless steel so they're easy to watch. Did I need $11 latte stencils? Absolutely not, but they have brought me a lot of joy.
I filled my shaker with coco powder but you could also use nutmeg or vanilla powder (maybe even protein powder though I haven't tried that yet).
To use the stencil you line it up over the top of the glass and shake your powder on top.
I will say there is a learning curve to it, and I haven't had success every time. I find the smaller designs turn out better, the larger designs tend to not come out as precise.
I'm still learning but I really like the concept and I've had a lot of fun with them over the last few months.
If you have a coffee lover in your life, this would be a fun gift that I can almost guarantee they don't already have.
As a bonus they also can be used for cookies, brownies, or other places you want to do a powder stencil.
It would also make hot chocolate extra fun and special for the kiddos in your life.
What do you think? Is it totally cheating? Probably? Is it fun and easy? Yes. If you buy some, share your latte art!