No barista experience required! With just four ingredients, you can create a delicious and less expensive Iced Caramel Mocha Latte at home.
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Original content posted June 2015. Updated June 2019.
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 latte 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 an Iced Caramel Mocha Latte 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!
My Iced Caramel Mocha Latte recipe is incredibly easy. 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!
First up? Coffee. I simply steal one of my husband’s K-Cups and brew a cup of coffee. Or if I have a few minutes and I’m thinking ahead, I like to brew a pot of coffee and store it in a mason jar in the fridge so I’m Iced Caramel Mocha Latte ready for the week ahead.
You then whisk the hot chocolate mix and caramel ice cream topping into the coffee and you’re ready to pour over ice.
TIP: Want to insure your drink doesn’t become watered down from melting ice? Make your own coffee ice cubes! Simply freeze coffee in ice cube trays – I love these silicone ones.
If you want to be fancy – and don’t we all! – you can choose to pour the milk into the coffee mixture so you get the swirly clouds of white throughout.
TIP: Want to go the fast and easy route? Totally understand! Simply add the milk to the coffee, hot chocolate and caramel mixture and whisk together. 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…)
And because you’re making your drink at home, you also get to make the important barista 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 and a few additional swirls of caramel and you’ll be patting yourself on the back for an Iced Caramel Mocha Latte well done!
How to Make an Iced Caramel Mocha Latte at Home
 Brew eight ounces of coffee.
 Add hot chocolate mix and caramel ice cream topping to coffee.
 Whisk together to combine.
 Pour coffee mixture into a glass over ice.
 Pour milk into glass over coffee.
 Garnish glass with whipped cream and additional caramel ice cream topping.
Since I’ve come to the realization that mocha simply means more chocolate in my life, I’ve mocha-fied many recipes! My decadent Peanut Butter Mocha Poke Cake is always a crowd favorite. And you’ll love how easy my no bake Mocha Coconut Frappuccino Pie is.
I also love filling our cookie jar with these festive Mocha Peppermint Crunch Cookies that are not only delicious, but pretty, too!
If you’ve tried this Iced Caramel Mocha Latte or any other recipe on Melanie Makes, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I love hearing from you and respond to each and every comment!
Iced Caramel Mocha Latte
- 8 ounces coffee prepared
- 2 tablespoons hot chocolate mix
- 1 tablespoon caramel ice cream topping
- 1/4 cup milk
- whipped cream and additional caramel to garnish
- Brew eight ounces of coffee.
- Add hot chocolate mix and caramel ice cream topping to coffee.
- Whisk together to combine.
- Pour coffee mixture into a glass over ice.
- Pour milk into glass over coffee.
- Garnish glass with whipped cream and additional caramel ice cream topping.
My love for all things mocha knows no bounds as I’m looking forward to trying several new treats. This Malted Mocha Swiss Roll not only sounds amazing, but it’s absolutely stunning as well! This Whipped Mocha Tart looks perfect for any day ending in Y that might call for dessert. Of course, I can’t think of a better way to begin my day than with this Strawberry Mocha Smoothie Bowl – love the addition of fruit!