Chocolate chips, coffee, ice shards, milk, cocoa powder, and whipped cream. Do you know what it all means? It means today we’re making a copycat version of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Mocha Chip Ice Blended Coffee.
Once you add toppings and ingredients to your coffee, things can get out of hand. The next thing you know, everyone’s drinking unicorn Frappuccino. On the other hand, chocolate chips are not only harmless, but they’re also a fantastic addition to any drink!
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf makes a pretty mean mocha chip ice blended coffee, but I think we can give them a run for their money with ingredients we have at home and our kitchen appliances. That’s a challenge right there, and that’s what’s fun about today’s project!
Let’s start by saying you can’t replicate the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf specialties without their powders and extracts. You can emulate them, though, and the result can be as tasty or better.
We’ll need coffee, so brew yourself two strong espresso shots. I enjoy making my mocha chip double — otherwise, the coffee flavors get lost in the milk and cocoa. Feel free to use one espresso shot if you want your coffee milder.
We’ll also need non-fat milk. That’s what CB&TL uses in all their drinks. Then, there’s the cocoa powder and the coffee creamer. Together they taste very much like the brand’s mocha powder.
Finally, let’s add some chocolate chips to the mixture. You can find nice ones in confectionery stores where bakers get their supplies. You can also find acceptable alternatives online. Make sure you’re buying pure chocolate and not the vegetable-oil kind. The real deal is a bit more expensive, but the other options are greasy and bad for your health.
The secret behind this chocolatey drink is adding the chocolate chips in the end; you don’t want to pulverize them in the blender; they must remain somewhat intact. That’s why we’re adding them right before we pour our coffee from the blender into our glass. A quick pulse is all you need to blend them nicely with the coffee.
Brew your espresso and let it cool to room temperature or cool it down in an ice bath.
In a blender, add the ice, espresso, milk, cocoa powder and coffee creamer. Blend until smooth.
Throw in the chocolate chip cookies and pulse briefly to incorporate them.
Serve and top with whipped cream.