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How to Make a Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha - Copycat Recipe

Updated on November 9, 2013

Discovering the White Chocolate Mocha

Many years ago I started a job working for Starbucks. I didn’t really know what I was getting into when I started working there. Sure, I liked Frappuchinos and Vanilla Lattes, but I didn’t really know a lot about the different drinks that were served. My first day on the job was spent doing paperwork and reading training manuals, and I got to overhear the rest of the staff talk about the drinks they were making and the orders that were being served. One of the most frequently ordered drinks was what was called a White Chocolate Mocha or a White Mocha. I was intrigued; as I had tried the mocha before and somewhat enjoyed it.

When the time came for me to take a break, I was offered a beverage made by one of the other employees and I decided to try the White Mocha.

I was in coffee heaven. This drink blew me away. It was a very sweet beverage but the taste of the espresso still came through. It was topped with whipped cream and since I was enjoying it in the café, it was served in a large ceramic mug which made it extra special.

I worked for the company on and off for the next four years and the White Mocha would always be a drink I came back to when I just wanted something sweet, warm and comforting. I loved to start work on an early morning shift in winter with a nice warm White Chocolate Mocha. I also loved sharing this drink with Starbucks “newbies.” It was not hard to order and the flavors are familiar to everyone, yet different enough to make the experience special. I have to think that sharing this drink made Starbucks some lifelong customers.

Make Your Own White Chocolate Mocha

If you have an espresso maker, this can be an easy drink for you to duplicate at home. The actual syrup that Starbucks uses is now an in-house brand, but for many years they used Fontana White Chocolate Syrup , there should be no discernable flavor difference by using this syrup than from what they use in the store.

For the drink itself start with 4 pumps (about a teaspoon each) of the white mocha flavoring add 2 shots of espresso and around 14 ounces of steamed milk. Stir well to make sure the flavoring mixes well and top with whipped cream. This will make a drink approximately the size of a Starbucks grande.

The drink can be made with many different variations such as by adding more or less shots of espresso, serving the drink iced, adding peppermint for a Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha, mixing regular mocha to make a Black and White Mocha, or many other possible variations. Use your imagination and you can create many exciting beverages.

Copycat Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha Syrup

The syrup is expensive, but compared to buying the drinks individually each day it’s a money saver. Another option is using one of the White Chocolate Mocha syrup copycat recipes, such as this recipe. It is a bit more trouble but the flavor is very similar to the original and quite budget friendly.

White Chocolate Mocha Syrup Copycat:

2/3 cup whole milk
6 tablespoons white chocolate chips

Start with the white chocolate chips in a saucepan over low heat, stir frequently until they just start melting. When they start melting add the milk slowly, stirring as you go. Heat through until all chips are melted and it is a nice warm syrup. This will make enough for several of the beverages. Prepare as directed above.


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    • hobbitinspiration profile image

      hobbitinspiration 5 years ago from Monmouth, OR

      Hmmm...I don't think I've ever had a white mocha from Starbucks. Bucket list it is!

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      Coffee_writer 6 years ago

      Great story and wonderfully written. So this is like the Officially Unofficial version... you gotta share more of your "secrets"!

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      jcalbon 6 years ago

      Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing the copycat recipe.

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      john.jackson 6 years ago from London, England

      great article, thanks!