Iced Cafe Mocha Recipe

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Iced Cafe Mocha

Annamaria Settanni McDonald


I have been making Iced or Hot Cafe Mochas for so long all the way back as a kid. We always had espresso in the house because we drank that regularly instead of American Coffee. When I was 15 I became a Barista in a local sweet shop that was kind of like a Candy, Snack, Ice Cream and Cafe. The store was called Boardwalk Treats. We also made varieties of Popcorn and Caramel Apples. I think that is where I first got my interest in confection making. So the manager knew since I was Italian, I was in charge of this coffee machine that was huge and a nice one. I made so many Cafe Mochas and the lines were so long it was crazy. This was before those Soy Machiatto days! HA HA HA! This was when Cafes started opening up and serving Cafe Mochas, usually made hot but soon discovered they were great cold. Italians drink their coffee hot and cold. So I made these and sometimes at home I would make a gallon of it using the milk gallon, adding fresh brewed Espresso and Chocolate Syrup. The whole family would enjoy it and in the winter requested I make hot ones. Now I think Hershey's seems to do a great job for the chocolate flavor but some do prefer Nesquick syrup. So it's up to you. At my Cafe Shop I worked at, my own signature Cafe Mocha was topped by a maraschino cherry, that's how every knew I made it. No one in the shop can do it but me. I started noticing people coming in for Mocha's when I was working. I think it is best to use Fresh Brewed Espresso, nothing beats it. You can get a stainless steel pot cheap and espresso coffee isn't as expensive anymore, also you can now purchase it in Decaf, Which I love since I gave up caffeine drinks for 8 years now. Well Enjoy You Mocha! Salut!

The best part of this is that it's way cheaper than going to a coffee shop. Before you know it you will get creative with Torani Flavored Syrups and make others, like my fav, which is Peppermint Mochas!

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15 Min


15 Min


3 c
freshly brewed espresso, decaf or caffeine (i prefer lavazza brand espresso if you can find it)
milk, 2% (amount will determine by size of glass you use)
hershey's or nesquick chocolate syrup
redi whip
maraschino cherries

Directions Step-By-Step

Fill your glass with ice, squeeze a good amount of chocolate syrup, and pour in about 3 ounces of brewed espresso. It's okay if it's still hot, the ice will help cool it off. Add milk to almost top of glass. and stir glass. Taste drink and see if it needs more espresso or chocolate syrup, again this is to your liking and how strong you want it. Top off your drink with Red Whip Cream, a drizzle of chocolate syrup and a maraschino cherry. ENJOY!
NOTE: You can also add the ingredients into a blender and mix until about the deeper color of chocolate milk, then pour in glasses that have been filled with ice. Garnish the same way. Some people like theirs sweeter so you can provide sugar or sugar substitute to sweeten the drink!

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