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When our oldest tried coffee for the first time, she fell in love with Starbucks iced white chocolate mocha. According to the Starbucks website, an iced white chocolate mocha contains Starbuck’s signature espresso, white chocolate sauce, milk, and ice, and is finished off with sweetened whipped cream to create this supreme white chocolate delight.
Since Starbucks isn’t incredibly close to our home, we started buying the ready-made version at Target. Unfortunately, they suddenly stopped carrying it and my daughter has been missing it terribly ever since. So, I promised her that I would figure out how to make a copycat version at home.
Last weekend we tested it out. She took one sip and said it tastes even better than she remembered. And when an almost 16 year old says that about anything that you’ve made, that’s a pretty big deal.
Before I share our Starbucks iced white chocolate mocha, let me share a few tips about the ingredients.
You definitely want to use a good espresso. That will make or break the flavor. To make things easier, and so that our daughter could make it on her own without waiting for Dad to brew some fresh espresso, we purchased the Starbucks Doubleshot espresso – they also have a light version. You can make 2-3 drinks out of each can, so it’s definitely less expensive than ordering an iced white chocolate mocha in Starbucks.
If you prefer to make your own espresso, you can do that as well, though you will want it to be room temperature or chilled so be sure to make it beforehand. If you have an espresso machine, that is probably the quickest and easiest way. You can also use a stovetop espresso maker. We tried both ways and found then espresso to be much more dark and rich with the machine, but it will work with either!
Since the Starbucks Doubleshot espresso contains some sugar, you may need to add sugar to your drink if you decide to make your own espresso.
While you can choose whichever milk you prefer, we prefer almond milk. It’s creamier, in my opinion. You can use sweetened or unsweetened, depending on how you like your iced white chocolate mocha. We used unsweetened and my daughter didn’t need to add sugar.
The third and final ingredient is the white caramel sauce. They didn’t have any available at our grocery store or at Target, so I ordered a bottle of DaVinci Gourmet White Chocolate Sauce from Amazon, which arrived the following day. You only need 2 tablespoons per cup, so if you don’t plan on making this Starbucks iced white chocolate mocha often, you might want to get a smaller container, like this one by Torani.
I recommend that you mix the milk and the white chocolate sauce with a frother. We found that it mixes them much quicker and it’s a great kitchen tool to have, especially if you are a coffee fan.
I’ve tried to show the steps in the photos above for you, to make it a bit easier to make your Starbucks iced white chocolate mocha.
Step 1: Combine milk and white chocolate sauce with a frother.
Step 2: Pour in espresso.
Step 3: Stir
Step 4: Fill the cup with ice
Step 5: Top with whipped cream (optional)
Step 6: Enjoy!
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This Starbucks iced white chocolate mocha copycat recipe is the perfect blend of espresso, milk, and white chocolate that you can make at home with just three ingredients.
- 2oz espresso (room temp or chilled)
- 3/4 cup milk of your choice
- 2 tbsp white chocolate sauce
- whipped cream (optional)
- Combine milk and white chocolate sauce in your cup. I recommend using a frother if you have one.
- Add espresso and stir.
- Fill up the cup with ice.
- Top with whipped cream (optional).
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