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How to Make an Ice Mocha Drink At Home

Updated on April 30, 2012
Homemade coffee doesn't put a dent in your wallet.
Homemade coffee doesn't put a dent in your wallet. | Source

Are you craving the relief from an iced coffee drink but you don't want to pay the high prices typically seen at coffee shops? My homemade iced mocha recipe tastes similar to the Starbucks ice mocha but the only thing you pay for is the milk, chocolate cocoa powder and sugar. I have worked on this recipe for many years because I either didn't want to pay for it or I moved to area where coffee shops were scarce.

Coffee Facts

  • You can only grow coffee between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Hawaii is the only state within the United States where Americans produce their own beans.
  • The coffee bean is actually a seed found inside of a bright red berry that comes from a tree that grows up to 30 feet tall. Ten foot tall trees are ideal for bean picking and are cultivated by farmers to stay at that height.
  • Coffee is the second most traded commodity throughout the world; the first ranking commodity is crude oil.
  • Individuals prefer to drink ice coffee more during the summer though some do drink it during winter because they don't like the taste of hot coffee. My husband is the opposite as he will only drink hot coffee throughout the year.


Things You'll Need:

  • 2 teaspoons of sugar (add more if needed)
  • 2 teaspoons of Hershey’s cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of coffee
  • 1 cup of milk
  1. Set your coffee to brew using 2 tablespoons of coffee for every 4 cups of water. Reduce the amount of water you use to strengthen the coffee to reach your desired amount.
  2. Fill the bottom of a cup made for colder drinks with l cup of milk. Add ice up to one-quarter of a way up from the bottom.
  3. Find a smaller cup or bowl and add in 2 teaspoons of sugar with 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder to make your syrup. Add the brewed coffee to the mix and stir until the mixture turns into a syrupy consistency.
  4. Pour the syrup into your cup with the milk and ice. Stir the mixture and add the coffee until you fill up your cup. Stir again until the coffee, milk, ice and syrup blend well together.
  5. Add a dollop of whip cream to top of your drink and enjoy.

Trial and Error

I have tried substituting the powder for Hershey’s chocolate milk syrup but for some reason it doesn't quite yield the same results taste wise. Something is off but I don't know what. I think it may have to do with how much sugar is in the syrup compared to what I mix together. Experiment with the mixture until you come up with a formula you like.

Make the recipe using regular coffee brewed at extra strength to see if you like this version better. I might be in the minority but I prefer making regular coffee than espresso. It all comes down to personal preference with this ice mocha version.

Do you enjoy hot or cold ice coffee?

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      Arda 3 years ago

      He was actually DJing: pisnuhg the different musical buttons on the bunny (yes, I do call him Jive Bunny ) for Ellie to dance to, then copying her moves! And I had to join in of course; it was way too much fun not too

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      Shirley 3 years ago

      Thanks for shrgnia. What a pleasure to read!

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      Sarvar 3 years ago

      They look like they're doing a great job! I have a fight with my two and a half year old, she tends to eat the toothpaste, and then moslty brush her tongue, but she's fiercely independent and doesn't like mummy to help. I might start doing it while she's asleep !!

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      LuckiestMamaof3 5 years ago

      This was YUMMY! I love mochas made with the cocoa powder, and this recipe is fantastic. Thank you for a yummy, easy and very inexpensive treat (that I can get in my own kitchen, to boot!).

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      KelLightningbug 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Kevin, thanks for the suggestion. I'll have to try it out the next time I go to make the ice mocha.

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      KevinMillican 5 years ago from Stilwell, OK

      If you don't want to use chocolate syrup, you may try to make your own chocolate sauce. To make chocolate sauce, you'll need a small sauce pot, 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1 cup water (or milk), and 1 cup sugar. Pour the water (or milk) in the sauce pot and allow to heat up. Add the sugar, stir, and allow the sugar to dissolve. Then add the cocoa powder and stir. Once completely mixed, take off heat and allow to cool, and then you can use as you wish in drinks or topping for desserts (you may want to add a little cream of tarter to thicken it for desserts if you wish).