Perhaps the most notoriously delicious drink to come out of Starbucks, the white chocolate mocha is famous for being rich, silky, and creamy. You can order this drink either hot or cold and both iterations are divine. Sometimes different iterations of white chocolate mocha are specially made and sold, especially during the holiday season.
A white chocolate mocha is a strongly brewed coffee mixed with milk and white chocolate syrup. You can buy white chocolate syrup from the store and add it to your coffee, but it is just as easy to make it at home, too! All it takes is some milk and white chocolate chips in the microwave.
To make the sauce, simply melt white chocolate chips into warm milk by microwaving in 30-second bursts. Stir in between each burst to make sure nothing is burning. When the mixture is homogenous, the sauce is done. There are some great quality white chocolate syrups at the store, but why buy one when you can make your own?
The white chocolate sauce melts so easily into the coffee, even when cold. This particular sauce recipe makes enough for 6-8 coffees, depending on how sweet you like it. Save any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can also eat it with ice cream or brownies.
You will need espresso for this recipe. Any strong-brewed coffee will work. Because there is so much milk and syrup in this coffee, the flavor can get lost. Strong coffee will remind you that this is indeed a coffee drink, perfect to wake you up first thing in the morning.
Instead of using ice cubes in this recipe, which can melt and water down the coffee, you could freeze some coffee in your ice cube tray. This way, as the ice melts, it is only adding coffee back into the drink, making for a stronger flavor. Use frozen coffee for any iced coffee recipe you make and you will love the results.
Sometimes Starbucks also comes out with holiday iterations of this recipe. For Christmastime, feel free to add some peppermint extract or egg nog into the white chocolate sauce. It will taste like Christmas in a cup!
Be sure to top your mocha with whipped cream! This is something the coffeehouse never skips, and you shouldn’t either. Adding whipped cream reminds you that you are drinking something special. Everyone deserves a “treat yourself” moment now and then, which a white chocolate iced mocha can certainly provide.
Serve this drink on any given morning that you need a little spring in your step. Having a sweet and creamy coffee in the morning is sure to improve any bad mood that you’ve woken up to. We can’t control the day, but we can control how we start the day with this iced white chocolate mocha.
For the White Chocolate Sauce:
For the Mocha:
First, make the white chocolate sauce. In a small microwavable bowl, add the white chocolate chips and the milk. Heat in 30-second intervals, stirring each time to melt the chocolate into the milk. Once smooth, stop microwaving and add the vanilla. Pour into a jar or pourable container. This sauce makes about 8 iced mochas, so save the leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
To make the mocha, add ice to your tall glass. Add the espresso, milk, and white chocolate sauce. Mix with a drink stirrer or a spoon until fully combined.
Top the drink with whipped cream and additional white chocolate sauce or chips, if desired.
To serve hot, omit the ice and do not allow the espresso to cool. Pour everything into a mug and top with the whipped cream before serving warm.