Sayonara coffeehouse! With just four ingredients, you can create a delicious and less expensive Iced Caramel Mocha Latte in the comfort of your own home. No barrista experience required!
I’ve repeatedly noted that I’m not a coffee person whatsoever. Tea, on the other hand, is a different story. I love it iced, chai, green, black – pretty much any way you can think to serve it. But one day about two years ago, a McDonald’s employee handed me an iced caramel mocha latte that they had made as a duplicate order. I took it to be polite thinking that I would be handing it over immediately to my coffee loving husband in the parking lot. Let’s just say I took that first sip and was instantly hooked.
Because really, a mocha is chocolate. CHOCOLATE, people. Coffee + chocolate = mocha. And then you go and throw caramel into the mix and well, who wouldn’t think this was the greatest caffeine pick-me-up of all time? But friends, shelling out $3+ at a drive-thru every time I want to indulge in my new found liquid treat is not an option. Instead, I’ve found an easy and more cost effective way to treat myself any time of day in the comfort of my own home. No loading all four of my children into the car required!
First up? Coffee cubes! My one pet peeve with purchased iced coffee house drinks is that they quickly become watered down and I’m slurping like a mad woman to finish them before that happens. To combat the problem, I freeze coffee in ice cube trays – I love these silicone ones – so that I can enjoy my drink at a more leisurely pace.
After my coffee cubes are frozen solid, I toss them into a freezer bag into the top of my freezer drawer so that I can pull them out whenever I’m ready to treat myself. Also a treat? My amazing fridge that they’re housed in. I received this nearly 28 cubic foot GE fridge the day after Christmas and it was hands down the best gift I received. Having the fridge on top is a necessity with being tall – no hunching over to find things! – and the large size is absolutely perfect for our family of six. Another awesome feature? When I’m wanting regular ice cubes for any other drinks, this fridge boasts not one, but two ice makers! The one in the door is perfect for drinks but if I’m using them for a recipe or need a lot in a hurry, the ice maker in the freezer drawer is the one I use. I also love that I can turn one of them off if I’m not using as much ice and doing so gets me some more freezer space. You can never have enough!
With my coffee cubes at the ready, I’m ready to make my drink. I need only four ingredients and each one is something that I always have on hand – coffee, hot cocoa mix, milk and caramel ice cream topping. I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to figure out just how easy it was to create this mocha at home! I simply still one of my husband’s K-Cups and brew a cup of coffee in a glass measuring cup. You then stir in the other toppings and in less than two minutes, you’re slowly sipping your drink and leaving your worries behind. Suddenly things like your baby not napping don’t seem so bothersome. (For a few minutes anyway…)
- 8 ounces coffee, prepared
- 2 tablespoons hot chocolate mix
- 1 tablespoon caramel ice cream topping
- ¼ cup milk
- coffee cubes (optional)
- whipped cream and additional caramel, to garnish (optional)
- Whisk together coffee, hot chocolate mix, caramel and milk.
- Pour over coffee cubes or ice cubes.
- Garnish with whipped cream and additional caramel, if desired.
And because you’re making you’re drink at home, you also get to make the important barrista decision of how much whipped cream is too much? As if there were such a thing! Top your latte with a mountain of whipped cream – chocolate whipped cream is perfect for this! – and a few additional swirls of caramel and you’ll be patting yourself on the back for an Iced Caramel Mocha Latte well done!
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I received the refrigerator noted free of charge from GE. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting this sponsor that allows me the opportunity to create content, such as this, for Melanie Makes.