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Vanilla Iced Coffee and Survey Check

July 12th, 2008 at 04:53 pm

DD and I really enjoy McDonald's Vanilla Iced Coffee, but it is just getting to be too much of a habit and more importantly too expensive. With the smallest size cup costing $1.99, I've decided I need to come up with a made-from-scratch alternative. I found a recipe for vanilla syrup in a cookbook.

Vanilla Syrup

1 1/2 c water
1 1/2 c granulated sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbsp vanilla extract

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water, sugar, and salt to a boil. Stir frequently until sugar is dissolved. Boil until mixture is thick and syrupy, approximately 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract and cool.

I make fairly strong coffee, then add some half & half or light cream plus some of the vanilla syrup over ice. The problem is I don't know the proportions that McD's uses, but I just estimate and it turns out very yummy!! I know it will save me money in the long run!

I received a $50 check from Global Test Market from doing surveys. It took less than 4 weeks to receive the check once I requested it. I will add that to my savings account. I already accumulated another 240 points towards the next $50 once I reach 1000 points. I think I like this company better than Pinecone. I get at least 10 survey invites each week. I rarely get any from Pinecone.

Have a great evening everyone!!

2 Responses to “Vanilla Iced Coffee and Survey Check”

  1. momcents Says:


    Yum - vanilla coffee recipe sounds wonderful!

  2. sillyoleme Says:

    I love those iced coffees! I'll definitely have to try this recipe, as I hardly ever want to spend money on them, but they are sooo good.

    I use Global Test Market too, but I've yet to get to the 1000 point mark to request a payment. My favorite right now is SurveySpot, they let you redeem as little as $5, and most of the paid surveys are $3-$4. It took me a week or so before I started getting paid survey invites, but now I get all kinds.

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