How to Make a Frugal Mocha at Home

I love mochas. I used to be a regular at Dutch Brothers and Starbucks. Unfortunately, the costs of mochas from the coffee shop can add up quickly. So now I make my own at home. Here’s how I do it. (RSS readers may have to click through to watch the video).

For those who can’t see the video, here is the recipe

  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups coffee
  • 3 tablespoons hot cocoa mix or Hershey’s syrup.

Pour milk into blender and mix until frosty ( a few pulses). Microwave milk for 30 seconds, watching to make sure it doesn’t boil over. Pour milk, coffee, and cocoa mix or syrup in blender, give a couple of pulses to mix, and voila! A frugal mocha. You may have to experiment with the amount of cocoa powder to find the combination that you like.

16 thoughts on “How to Make a Frugal Mocha at Home”

  1. Good recipe but no matter how I tried using brewed coffee and cocoa, it is never quite the same.

    I decided to invest in an espresso maker. They were all very expensive but after extensive research, I picked the DeLonghi machine from Target for $79.99. Though still expensive, I consider it frugal, considering it paid for itself in one month by keeping me from going to Starbucks. The only drawback, the milk steamer is not very hot so I still have to heat up the milk separately. Best of all, it tastes MUCH better than Starbucks because I use good ingredients.

    8 ounces milk or 1 cup (I use soymilk)
    0.5-1 ounce chocolate syrup (I buy the Trader Joe’s brand, no high fructose corn syrup. I also found some cocoa mixes work good like Dagoba brand)
    3 ounces espresso (I like Italian Roast)

    Cost: Less than $1 per cup.

    This is just my experience, do what works for you.

  2. Hot diggety! That looks wonderful! It would be a good way to make plain hot chocolate, too…nice & frothy, I’ll bet.

    I had to knock off the mochas after cultivating the fancy-coffee habit put ten pounds on my rear end! ;-)

  3. Your method is a little more refined than my “office mocha” as I call them. I just make my coffee, then pour a packet of hot chocolate mix in, here at work, then stir…

  4. Don’t you love it when you find ways to make things like this yourself? I make my own salsa, and it’s so much better and fresher than the commercial ones, and less expensive, too.

  5. Do you not add sugar to the mocha? I can’t stand coffee without sugar, though I really want to try this. (Actually, I’m going to go make it now, just to see what it’s like, without and with sugar.)

  6. Hmmmm…..I will have to give this a try. I had perfected my iced coffee this summer, so I would stay away from the Starbucks down the street. But the mochas were calling my name this winter. :-) Maybe you have saved me from bankruptcy. ha!

  7. Just tried it – very good. I’ll play around with the recipe a bit. I added a couple of choc. chips. Maybe next time I’ll add dark choc. to the mix.


  8. I have to admit that I don’t like coffee but I do like their vanilla fraps (with whipped creme) so we make them at home and they taste just as good! We use a blender though, but we do have the Bullet.

  9. This is great! I used to love a Rasberry Mocha at Starbucks and crave it! Never attempted to make it on my own. Can’t wait to try out the recipe.

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