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Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha Recipe

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 mocha 1x


Learn how to make an amazing Starbucks mocha at home with this salted caramel mocha recipe.  It’s the perfect dessert drink for family and friends during the holidays.  Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of sauce, and you’ll be in heaven!



For the Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100g)
  • 1/4 cup filtered water (60 ml)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (42g)
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (60 ml)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the Chocolate Milk

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted (6g)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (120 ml)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk (120 ml)
  • 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (45g)

For One Mocha

  • 2 tablespoons salted caramel sauce (30 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate milk (15 ml)
  • 1/3 cup strong coffee (80 ml)
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream (45 ml)

For Decorating One Mocha (Optional)

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (120 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon salted caramel sauce (15 ml)
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse sea salt


Making the Caramel Sauce (10 minutes)

  1. Measure out the ingredients before you start.
  2. Pour the sugar in a heavy based 1-quart saucepan and place over medium-high heat.  Pour in the water and whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and continue to boil over medium-high heat until it turns amber, about 7 minutes.  Never stir it; doing so will crystallize it.  Once the caramel begins to turn color, watch it very closely because it can burn in a matter of seconds.  Be careful, as it is hotter than boiling water.
  4. Once the caramel is a good color, immediately remove it from the heat and add the butter.  Whisk it in until it's fully combined, then add the cream and salt and whisk until well blended.  Use caution, as the mixture will bubble up when you add the butter and cream.
  5. Pour the sauce into a bowl or glass jar and set aside to cool.  You should have about 2/3 cup (160 ml) of sauce.

Making the Chocolate Milk (10 minutes)

  1. Sift the cocoa powder into a small saucepan, then whisk in the cream until well mixed.  Whisk in the milk and continue to stir until the mixture until the cocoa powder has dissolved into the milk and cream.
  2. Place the chocolate milk over medium-low heat and stir occasionally until it just starts to simmer.  Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate chips.  Whisk until they have fully melted into the chocolate milk.
  3. Pour the chocolate milk into a blender and blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until well blended and foamy.  You should have about 1 cup (240 ml) of chocolate milk.

Making the Mocha (10 minutes)

  1. Make some strong coffee.
  2. Beat the heavy whipping cream with a handheld electric mixer until stiff peaks form.  It should be stiff enough not to fall out of the bowl if it's turned upside down.
  3. Snip the corner off of a sandwich bag and put a star piping tip in the hole.  Spoon the whipped cream into the bag to create a piping bag.
  4. For one mocha, pour 2 tablespoons of caramel into a mug.  Add 1 tablespoon of chocolate milk, 1/3 cup of coffee, and 3 tablespoons of cream and stir well to combine.
  5. Pipe the whipped cream on top and drizzle with the leftover sauce.  Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and enjoy immediately.


  • Make your own caramel sauce.  Homemade always tastes better than store-bought.
  • Sticky pot and utensils?  Fill the pot with tap water, add the utensils, and bring to a boil.  Let the water boil for about 5 minutes, then rinse.  All the sticky caramel will be gone!
  • Need to make ahead?  Whip up the chocolate milk and caramel sauce in advance and refrigerate until needed, or make up the whole mocha and just warm it up on demand.
  • Use freshly brewed coffee for the best flavor.
  • Counting calories?  Use half-and-half instead of whipping cream and skip the garnish.
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: salted caramel mocha, starbucks copycat recipes



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