Ah, the holidays! The smell of peppermint wafting through the kitchen while you have Christmas carols playing and a festive movie on in the background. And what’s a holiday season without a steaming cup of heaven? We’re talking about Peppermint Mochas of course--a seasonal classic that blends creamy chocolatey goodness with zesty peppermint flavour.
Let us show you how easy it is to whip up this caffeine-fueled wonder with just a few pantry staples, so you can enjoy these perfectly balanced creamy hot chocolates that are perfect for entertaining friends or family over the holidays!
Sit back, relax, and let's get creative - Let’s get making our very own homemade peppermint mochas!
Peppermint Mocha recipe
For all the coffee lovers out there, it's time to perk up your holiday season with some Starbucks-inspired fun!
If you're stuck in lockdown and feeling creative, why not try making a classic peppermint mocha Starbucks style from home? Not only is it incredibly delicious (and adds an extra zing of festive cheer!), but it's also surprisingly easy to whip up.
Don't worry, this isn't complicated--just follow these easy steps and treat yourself like the barista at a coffee shop– minus the long line of course!
- 1.5 oz espresso or strong brewed coffee (1 shot)
- 1 cup milk (any type – dairy or non-dairy)
- 1 oz (1/2 shot) Sugar Free Peppermint Bark Latte Syrup or Sugar Free Peppermint Bark Syrup
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder (for garnish)
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Crushed candy canes or peppermint candies (for garnish)
- Brew your espresso or strong coffee and pour it into a mug.
- In a saucepan, combine your favorite type of milk, Sugar Free Peppermint Bark Latte Syrup or Sugar Free Peppermint Bark Syrup. Heat over medium-low heat, whisking constantly until the peppermint mocha syrup has dissolved and the milk is steaming but not boiling.
- Top with whipped cream if desired and sprinkle with crushed candy canes, peppermint candies, and cocoa powder for garnish.
- Enjoy your homemade Peppermint Mocha!
Is the Peppermint Mocha really minty?
The Peppermint Mocha has a noticeable minty flavor due to the addition of peppermint extract or syrup. However, the intensity of the mintiness can vary depending on the amount of peppermint extract used in the recipe. If you prefer a more subtle minty taste, you can reduce the amount of peppermint extract in the recipe. On the other hand, if you enjoy a stronger mint flavor, you can increase it to suit your preference.
The combination of chocolate and mint gives the Peppermint Mocha its distinctive and refreshing taste.
What’s the difference between a mocha and a latte?
A mocha and a latte are both espresso-based drinks, but they have different flavour profiles and ingredients.
A latte is a popular coffee drink that consists of a shot of espresso combined with steamed milk and topped with a small layer of milk foam. Lattes have a creamy and smooth taste, with the milk helping to balance out the strong flavour of the espresso. Lattes can also be flavoured with various syrups, such as vanilla, caramel, or hazelnut.
A mocha, short for "mocha latte" or "cafe mocha," is a variation of a latte that includes chocolate. It typically consists of a shot of espresso, steamed milk, chocolate syrup or cocoa powder, and is often topped with whipped cream. The addition of chocolate gives the mocha a sweet and rich flavour profile, combining the bold taste of coffee with the indulgence of chocolate.
So, the primary difference between a mocha and a latte is the presence of chocolate in a mocha, giving it a sweeter and more indulgent taste compared to the smoother, milk-based flavour of a traditional latte.
Sugar Free Peppermint Bark Syrup
Whether you're an avid coffee lover or looking for something special to add into your cooking, this syrup adds a burst of holiday cheer that's impossible to ignore. You don't have to worry about sugar because this product is 100% sugar free. Plus, it has no calories so it won't mess with your diet plans – win-win!
So, get our Sugar Free Peppermint Bark Syrup and get ready to taste the best peppermint mocha!