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.


By , on Jan 8, 2009
Lynnae McCoy I'm Lynnae, wife of one and stay-at-home mom of two. I'm committed to getting out of debt by being frugal with my choices in life.


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  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. Zach Younkin:

    Although it doesn’t taste as good, it feels so much better :)

  4. Brad:

    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…

  5. I don’t have a blender. do you think a handmixer would work just as well?

  6. Yum! Thanks for sharing!

  7. AngelSong:

    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.

  8. Sara:

    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.)

  9. 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!

  10. Jeff Smith:

    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.


  11. 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.

  12. Mmmm….Mocha. We have limited our Mochas at Starbucks also. We make ours at home with Nesquick powder. Doesn’t taste quite the same, but we enjoy them at home nonetheless.

  13. That looks SO Good! We’ll definitely have to try it here in this family of coffee fiends! Thanks!

  14. Melissa:

    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.

  15. This isn’t quite as strong as the Mochas you’ll by in the coffee shop, but it probably tastes good.

  16. That looks SO yummy. My husband’s been wanting that Magic Bullet. You may have talking me into it :)

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