I also could not find hazelnut extract anywhere, so I made it with almond instead. It was really simple and a lot more economical than buying (assuming I can find hazelnut extract anywhere!) I will try it with hazelnut liqueur at some point, but I also want to try it with mint extract for hot chocolate. Thanks for a budget saving fantastic recipe.
I made the Splenda version and it's grand. Great flavor, easy to do and so much more economical that the fancy bottle brands. I'm going to try this with Butterscotch, Caramel, Lemon, Cherry, Chocolate and Coconut extracts as well :D. Thank you Kate!
Sadly, I could not find hazelnut extract at 3 different stores! I ended up making Vanilla Sugar Syrup. It's just as well because I really like to get vanilla soy lattes at the coffee shops as a special treat, but they're pretty expensive. Now I can make them at home, affordably! Another perk of making my own flavored syrup was that I was able to use 100% organic ingredients. Also, you can control the sweetness and concentration of flavor. I might try this again with stevia for my diabetic husband. When I do find some hazelnut extract (or maybe I'll break down and buy some Frangelico ;) ), I will definitely try it as written. I am also planning to try it with peppermint extract, since I enjoy a peppermint soy mocha in the winter. Really, you could use ANY flavor. I love the versatility of this recipe. Thank you for posting it; it is delightful. Reviewed for the Vegetarian Swap 8/08