Starbucks’ amazing white chocolate mocha recipe is everything you want in a hand-crafted Starbucks drink that’s just right for the holiday season.
Serves: 1 Time: 10 minutes Cookbook: Starbucks Online
Coffee fans rejoice! Just in time for the holidays, we have two copycat Starbucks recipes and we’re starting off with their classic, delicious, luscious, oh-so-delightful white chocolate mocha recipe. This might just be the best thing you make all week long, so if you can’t wait to get started, jump down to the recipe card or scroll below for full directions with pictures for each step.
Let’s pause right here to say a great big ‘hats off to every Starbucks employee’ for their tireless crafting of countless preferred drinks with each finicky modification and request. We love you.
Today’s recipe comes straight from the Starbucks website, and it’s aaaamazing! It uses basic ingredients you can easily get at your local grocery store and makes one of the best white chocolate drinks we’ve ever had. Let’s get to it!
- ❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- ☕ Ingredients Needed to Make Starbucks’ White Chocolate Mocha
- 🍴 Equipment You’ll Need in the Kitchen
- 🥄 How to Make Starbucks’ White Chocolate Mocha
- ♾️ Variations on Starbucks’ White Chocolate Mocha
- ❓ Starbucks’ White Chocolate Mocha: Tips, Tricks, and FAQs
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
DIY: If you’ve wanted to make a could-have-bought-it-at-Starbucks white mocha from the comfort of your own home, look no further! This is the actual product, the real thing, the whole shebang. And since you make it yourself there’s no delivery fee, need to drive, long lines, or the fear of Starbucks running out of their white chocolate mocha sauce.
Easy: If you’re looking for easy drink recipes, you’ll want to add this to your list! In no time at all, you’ll have the best white chocolate mocha around!
Winner: This is a crowd-favorite drink, and it’s easy to see why with this Starbucks copycat recipe. Make it for yourself, your BFF, or your significant other and you’ll instantly make everyone’s day better.
Ingredients Needed to Make Starbucks’ White Chocolate Mocha
- White Chocolate: You can use white chocolate chips or a bar of white chocolate that you break into pieces. Either can typically be found at your local grocery store. ,
- Espresso Shots: Pull out your favorite espresso, because you’ll want enough to make one shot. Starbucks recommends their blonde espresso, but the recipe works well with other espresso options, as well.
- Milk: Pick your milk of choice, here. Practically any milk will work including nonfat milk, 2%, whole milk, and almond milk. You could even add a dash of sweet cream to the mixture.
- Whipped Cream: Top your coffee off with a nice layer of whipped cream. Go for the extra creamy for an especially decadent treat.
Equipment Needed In the Kitchen
- Coffee Maker, French Press, or Espresso Machine: An espresso maker will give you the best shot of espresso for this recipe, but a multi-function coffee maker, French Press, or pour-over can produce strong coffee, as well. You need something to give you a solid 1-3 ounces of very strong coffee.
- Mixing Bowl: You’ll want one small microwave-safe bowl to melt the chocolate. You can also use a small saucepan over the stove, if you’d rather.
- Frother: You’ll need to froth your milk, so a hand-held frother is ideal.
- Coffee Mug: Let’s not forget a coffee mug! Choose your favorite drinking vessel that makes you smile and get ready to smile even more once this is in it!
How to Make Starbucks’ White Chocolate Mocha
Get ready to take a trip to white mocha heaven! This copycat Starbucks white chocolate mocha is as easy as:
One: Brew your coffee
Depending on your equipment, you’ll want to make 1 shot of espresso or brew 2-3 ounces of very strong coffee.
If using a french press or multi-function coffee maker, use two tablespoons of your favorite coffee and brew the smallest amount you can, usually 2-3 ounces.
While the coffee does its thing, warm one cup of milk over the stove or in the microwave. Pour it into a mug and insert your hand-held frother. Turn it on until the milk looks like it doubled, with about one cup of froth on top of the milk.
Two: Assemble the coffee base
Set your hot coffee and frothed milk to the side.
Place the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Check and stir it. It should start to get melty. Microwave for another 15-30 seconds, checking at the 15-second mark.
Once the white chocolate is melty, pour it directly into your hot coffee and stir until the coffee and chocolate are completely combined.
Three: Assemble the white chocolate mocha
Finally, pour the warm and frothed milk into the mug. Keep pouring until all the foam sits nicely on top of your mug.
For best results, add a swirl of whipped cream over the foam and grate a bit of extra white chocolate over that. The whipped cream provides a luscious creamy texture and sweetness to this drink’s already great taste!
Safe to say, this drink gets a five-star rating from us!
Variations on Starbucks’ White Chocolate Mocha
Want to have some fun with variations? There are so many ways you can change this classic recipe and put your own spin on it. Here are a few of our favorites!
Caramel White Chocolate Mocha: If you love a good caramel macchiato, then make this drink as is and add a little bit of caramel cream or caramel sauce to the coffee base and mix well. Drizzle a bit of extra caramel overtop to finish it off and you’ll have yourself a caramel white chocolate mocha!
Cold Brew White Chocolate Mocha: We get it. Cold brew is amazing stuff. So, for a version of Starbucks iced white chocolate mocha recipe, brew yourself some cold brew. Then, instead of white chocolate chips or pieces, mix 2-3 tablespoons of white chocolate syrup into the coffee base. Don’t heat the milk, but froth it up good. Assemble it all in a tall glass and you’ll have a delicious iced coffee with cold foam on top.
Instant White Chocolate Mocha: If you’ve got instant coffee or instant espresso, here’s another version for you! Make one shot of espresso or 2-3 ounces with a full serving of instant coffee. Add 2-3 tablespoons of white mocha sauce to your mug and stir. Follow the rest of the recipe for a hot drink. For an iced drink, allow the coffee to cool, froth up cold milk, then pour over cups of ice.
The Black and White Mocha: This drink has the best of both worlds. Start with hot espresso, then add half milk chocolate and half white chocolate to the coffee base. Continue with the rest of the recipe as written. For an iced drink, use regular chocolate sauce in addition to a tablespoon of white chocolate sauce to taste. A dash of vanilla syrup or a drop or two of vanilla extract also pairs very well!
Starbucks’ White Chocolate Mocha: Tips, Tricks, and FAQs
Whether you want a cold or hot white chocolate mocha, there is a way to enjoy your sweet treat without all the sugar. For this, you’ll need sugar-free white chocolate syrup or sauce. Torani and Jordan’s Skinny Syrups both have good options. Add the syrup or sauce to taste to your coffee base. Use sugar-free plant-based milk and no-sugar whipped cream, and you’re good to go!
White chocolate isn’t actually “chocolate.” It’s actually cocoa butter that’s been sweetened!
If you want to make this a day ahead, we’d recommend making the coffee base and keeping it in the refrigerator. When ready, pull it out and heat it up on low over the stove. Then heat and froth the milk just before serving. If you want something to serve with it, this drink pairs excellently with Alton Brown’s Sugar Cookies for a fun holiday treat!