Thanks, everyone, for the input. I've never tasted "real" cuppuccino (was always too intimidated by all of the things that I didn't know when in a gourmet coffee shop!). I knew that the "other" stuff probably wasn't identical to the genuine, but had no idea that it was so far off! Grace, I will take your advice and go into a shop and order a real, live cuppuccino and if I like it I may ask for the machine as a Christmas gift. This may ruin my "splurges" at the gas station, though!!!
Can't you just eat what I put in front of you? Do you have to know what it is?
Ria Parkinson, Butterflies (BBC, 1978-83)