Love the Starbucks Iced White Chocolate Mocha? Skip those long lines, and make one at home. It only minutes to make.
Skip the expensive trips to the famous coffee shop. You can make your own coffee drinks at home which are every bit as good (or even better) for a fraction of the cost. This version of Iced White Chocolate Mocha combines real white chocolate sauce with espresso for a decadent iced coffee which will become your new favorite. It’s the perfect way to pump up your mid-afternoon energy levels.
No Espresso Machine, No Problem!
Don’t skip this recipe just because you don’t have an espresso machine — you don’t need one! Freshly brewed espresso will give you the best results, but other options that are still almost as tasty.
The simplest alternative to brewing your own espresso is picking up an extra shot or two from the coffee shop. By the time you arrive home, the coffee will be cool enough to use. If that’s not convenient, try using instant espresso powder which is almost as good in this recipe. Of course, you can substitute a tablespoon of regular instant coffee powder, preferably a dark roast, for a slightly lighter taste.
Are you concerned about the amount of caffeine you consume? The good news is that espresso naturally contains less caffeine per serving than regularly brewed coffee. A shot of espresso or prepared espresso powder has about 90 mg of caffeine, and a tablespoon of instant coffee powder has around 11 mg. A serving of brewed coffee contains approximately 95 mg of caffeine.
Make Your Own White Chocolate Sauce
If you order a white mocha drink in a shop, there’s a good chance the barista will use white chocolate syrup. Don’t be fooled; Pros use syrups for convenience, not taste. White chocolate syrups are made from simple syrup (water and a sweetener) and often artificial vanilla flavoring. That means it is cheap to produce and lasts a long time. That makes sense for a business, but not for the coffee drinker. You can do better by using homemade white chocolate sauce.
To make the white chocolate sauce, heat a cup of whole milk over medium heat in a small, heavy-bottom saucepan. Stir the milk continuously using a whisk to heat evenly. When you see first wisps of steam rise from the milk, remove the pan from the burner to a heat-safe surface. Use a peeler to shred four ounces of a high-quality white chocolate candy bar into the milk. Use the whisk to combine until smooth. If the chocolate doesn’t melt completely, put back on the heat, but be careful not to burn the mixture. Cool slightly before using the sauce or store in an air-tight container.
Make your own Starbucks Iced White Chocolate Mocha at home.
For this recipe you only need some espresso, you can use coffee that is very strong, a shot or two from the coffee shop, or you can buy instant espresso. You will need ice, white chocolate sauce, and some whipped cream. Drizzle the white chocolate sauce into the glass, add ice, pour over the espresso, fill with milk, and top with some whipped cream. It’s so easy!!
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Try the recipe below, and it won’t be long before your favorite barista will start missing you.
Starbucks Iced White Chocolate Mocha
White Chocolate Sauce Ingredients
- 4 tablespoons white chocolate chips
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon white chocolate sauce
- 1 cup ice
- 1.5 ounces espresso
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons whipped cream
White chocolate sauce ingredients
- In a small saucepan gently heat together 1 cup of milk, and 4 tablespoons white chocolate chips. Stir until blended well. Allow to cool. This sauce is for 6 to 8 white chocolate mochas.
White Chocolate Mocha Assembly
- Drizzle white chocolate into glass, if desired, if not. Add about 1 tablespoon of white chocolate sauce per mocha.
- Add espresso to glass, stir.
- Add ice, top with milk, and whipped cream if desired.