This drink has me really excited. Last year I tried this drink at our local (read 20 minutes away in a Target store) Starbucks and fell in love. I was kind of obsessed. I’m already slightly obsessed with Target, but after I tried this mocha I found excuses to make sure we went to Target weekly.
“Honey, I see they’re having a diaper sale at Target. We should probably go.” We buy our diapers on Amazon.com.
“I just printed off about 15 Target coupons (no lie!) and I bet if we drive over there I could save us tons of money.” Dollars were saved. Money was spent. (Does anyone ever walk out with only the stuff on their list. Not me!) Mochas were drank.
I was happy.
But spending $4 a pop on mochas, who knows how much in Target, and the gas money sure added up. It was time for a change. I found this recipe, tweaked it, and now I make it all the time! I can say that being able to make it at home kind of dampens my excitement to buy it at the store. Now, if only I could figure out how to make their Caramel Macchiato… (Okay. I don’t want to figure that out. I love it too much.)
I used a caramel syrup (found in the coffee aisle), but if you can find toffee syrup that’s even better! That’s what they use at Starbucks. It’s so good! Also, for the salted part, I did 1 part kosher salt to 8 parts turbinado sugar, mixed it and then sprinkled it on top. I made a lot. This salt/sugar mixture lasts for ever!
Salted Caramel Mocha
recipe from somewhere but I can’t remember where
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup strong coffee or espresso
- 1 T maple syrup
- 1 T cocoa powder
- 1 T caramel syrup (I actually left this out this time around and just put more caramel on top of the whipped cream)
- whipped cream, caramel sauce, sugar/kosher salt mixture (try 1 tsp salt to 8 tsps sugar)
- Make your coffee. Whisk in maple syrup, cocoa powder, and caramel syrup.
- In a small saucepan, heat your milk on medium heat. When it starts to bubble, take it off the heat, whisk it for 30 seconds and add it to your coffee.
- Top with whipped cream, caramel sauce (I had some homemade on hand!), and the sugar/salt mixture.