This recipe comes to you courtesy of Mr. CARO. He is a big coffee fan and used to frequent a certain popular coffee chain quite a bit. While we love all the fun flavors that come in with the winter season, lots of coffee mochas can seriously deplete your stocking stuffer budget. Let’s just say that this recipe has helped us save a lot of “Ourbucks”, if you know what I mean.

This single recipe makes two cups  – the measurement meaning of “cup”, not the beverage dish meaning of “cup” –  or one tall travel cup of coffee mocha. However, you can easily double or triple this recipe to serve more or fill larger coffee mugs or thermoses.

(The pictures you’ll see below are from us making the doubled recipe, which is two mugs/4 measurement cups of mocha. The ingredient quantities may look larger if you are making just the single recipe and I don’t want the images to confuse.)


  • 1 Tablespoon of ground coffee beans
  • 2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder (We use the Trader Joe’s brand.)
  • 1 cup of milk (We use 1% milk.)
  • 2 Tablespoons of sugar
  • Splash of cream or half-and-half (optional)
  • Whipped cream (We use Reddi-wip original because I can read all the ingredients and there are no preservatives.)


Start by making a pot of your favorite coffee, regular or decaf, using this formula. For every Tablespoon of ground coffee beans you are using, put 1 cup of water in the coffee pot to make the coffee.

1 Tablespoon of ground coffee beans + 1 cup of water = 1 mocha

2  Tablespoons of ground coffee beans + 2 cups of water = 2 mochas

While the coffee is brewing, combine the sugar and cocoa powder in a glass Pyrex pitcher, preferably a wide one.

Pour in just a splash of milk and whisk the dry ingredients into a paste. (If we have it in the house, Mr. CARO will use cream or half-and-half for this splash part of the recipe. However, he warns that using cream for the milk outright makes it way too rich. Just a splash is enough.)

Add more milk, up to just the 1 cup mark on your glass measuring pitcher.

Whisk thoroughly. Then, very slowly, whisk in the hot coffee.

When all the ingredients are blended well, microwave your mix for 1 minute on high. The milk was added cold, so it has brought down the temperature of the hot coffee.

When the microwave dings, you can pour your mochas into their mugs. And what is a mocha without a little bit of real whipped cream?

Now comes the fun part….bottoms up! Watch out for whipped cream on your nose!  Mmmmmmmmmmmmmocha…….

Do like to start your day with a warm cup of joe? Are you as tempted by coffee stores as we are when you are out shopping? What is your favorite flavor to go with your coffee? I’m a sucker for peppermint and Mr. CARO likes caramel. Share your favorite in a comment!

Posted on December 1, 2011, in Food, Holidays, Recipes. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This looks yummy! I love mochas, but I also do not care to pay so much.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

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