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Iced White Chocolate Mocha (Starbucks Copycat)

By Marley Goldin
on August 13, 2021
5 from 1 vote

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This Iced White Chocolate Mocha gives you all the delicious and refreshing Starbucks flavor without needing any specialty syrups or even to leave the house!
starbucks copycat iced white chocolate mocha

Craving your Starbucks favorite but want to save on time and money? This Iced White Chocolate Mocha is simple, refreshing, and absolutely decadent!

With real white chocolate chips and milk instead of any specialty syrups, this recipe is affordable, approachable, and may just be your new before-work go-to or special weekend morning treat!

Iced White Chocolate Mocha Tips and Tricks



Gather Your Ingredients First

My favorite thing about this recipe is that it uses real white chocolate chips, so you don’t have to hunt down a specialty syrup.

I make my Iced White Chocolate Mocha with just 3 simple ingredients because I like it a tad less sweet, but to truly get the taste of a Starbucks Iced White Chocolate Mocha, you will have to add a little extra sugar or simple syrup.

Here’s everything you’ll need:

white chocolate chips, milk, espresso, and ice
Not pictured: optional sweetener

Start With Your Espresso

If you have an espresso machine, then this part is easy. Prepare it as usual and set it aside to cool.

If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can use instant espresso, which simply dissolves in boiling water.

If neither of those options is available to you, here are some hacks to making espresso-like coffee with your normal brewing method.

Green tip: Look for sustainably sourced coffee and espresso by identifying Fair Trade, UTZ, or Rainforest Alliance Certifications on your beans or grounds.

Make Your White Chocolate Milk

Though Starbucks uses a specialty syrup to make their white chocolate mocha’s, they’re not always easy to find and can be expensive and loaded with unnecessary additives, preservatives, and excess sugar.

The last thing I want you to do is to buy a specialty syrup to curb your white chocolate mocha cravings only to stick it in the back of your fridge or pantry to go bad.

milk swirling into espresso

So instead, we are going to achieve that same Starbucks taste with simple, accessible ingredients. How, you ask? By whipping up white chocolate milk to add to your espresso.

Add the white chocolate chips and your milk of choice to a saucepan or small pot and continuously stir over medium heat until the chocolate chips are completely melted and integrated into the milk.

pouring white chocolate chips into a small pot

Patience Is Key

It’s important to let both your espresso and white chocolate milk completely cool before pouring it over ice, to ensure your ice doesn’t melt and water down your latte.

The safest way to bring the temperature of your ingredients down is to transfer them to a heat-safe glass and allow them to come to room temperature naturally.

Once both the espresso and white chocolate milk are at room temperature, you can stick them in the refrigerator to cool completely.

Stir It Up

Once you’ve poured your espresso and white chocolate milk over ice, simply stir it up to cool further and evenly distribute the complex flavors into one masterful Starbucks barista-worthy sip!

Green tip: Consider investing in reusable straws! They are easy to clean and will reduce your contribution to plastic waste that eventually ends up in landfills or makes its way into the environment and becomes microplastics. These stainless steel straws are my favorite!

You can use a straw to stir. Or if you’re adding deluxe toppings and don’t plan on using a straw, simply use a spoon!

iced white chocolate mocha after stirring

Top It Off

For the ultimate treat, don’t forget the toppings!

I highly recommend a generous amount of whipped cream, some chocolate syrup, and some white chocolate chips.

Close up of toppings on white chocolate mocha

Make Your Iced White Chocolate Mocha Ahead of Time

If you are anticipating a Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha craving and want to save a trip (and some money), you can make your white chocolate mocha milk ahead of time!

Make your white chocolate milk the night before, store it in the refrigerator overnight, and mix it with fresh espresso and ice in the morning.

You can also opt to make a big batch of white chocolate milk to have for the workweek. To make 5 days’ worth of white chocolate milk, use 1 & 1/4 cup white chocolate chips and 3 & 3/4 cup milk.

The white chocolate mocha milk will last up to 1 week in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

On the other hand, espresso is ALWAYS best fresh. I highly recommend making your espresso fresh in the morning and allowing it to cool before pouring it over ice.

If you’re in a rush and this is not an option for you, prepare your espresso with 5 ounces of water instead of 6, and add 1 ice cube to it to chill it quickly.

Iced White Chocolate Mocha with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and white chocolate chips

How Strong Is This Starbucks Copycat?

This Iced White Chocolate Mocha is the equivalent of a grande at Starbucks. If you’re used to a tall, half the recipe. A tall has 1 shot of espresso (or 3 ounces), a grande has 2 shots of espresso (or 6 ounces), and a Venti has 3 shots of espresso (or 9 ounces).

Espresso is up to 10 times stronger than coffee, so just bear that in mind if you are sensitive to caffeine and not used to drinking espresso.

Substituting coffee for espresso in this recipe is not recommended because the coffee taste will be completely overpowered by the white chocolate milk.

iced latte with milk and muffins in the background

Why You Should Make This White Chocolate Mocha



  • It’s simple. Only 3 ingredients!
  • No special syrups needed. Made with real white chocolate, so you don’t have to buy a specialty syrup.
  • It’s refreshing. Nothing like a latte over ice.

If you’re loving this Iced White Chocolate Mocha and want more coffee recipes, check out How To Make A Coffee Milkshake 3 Ways.

Iced White Chocolate Mocha (Starbucks Copycat)

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Marley Goldin Course: BreakfastCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooling time

30

minutes
Total time

40

minutes

This Iced White Chocolate Mocha gives you all the delicious and refreshing Starbucks flavor without any specialty syrups or even needing to leave the house!

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) espresso

  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips

  • 3/4 cup milk (cows or unsweetened non-dairy)

  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar or simple syrup (optional)

Directions

  • Prepare 6 ounces of espresso and set aside.
  • Add white chocolate chips and milk to a saucepan or small pot and continuously stir until chocolate chips are completely melted and integrated into the milk. Pour white chocolate milk into a heat-safe glass jar.
  • Once the espresso and white chocolate milk reach room temperature, place them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to cool.
  • Add ice to a glass that holds at least 8 ounces. Pour espresso and white chocolate milk over ice. If adding sugar or simple syrup, add that now too.
  • Stir well and enjoy ice cold.

Recipe Video

Pro Tips

  • You can easily make your white chocolate milk ahead of time!
  • The amount of caffeine in this Iced White Chocolate Mocha is equivalent to a grande at Starbucks.
  • I do not recommend substituting coffee for espresso in this recipe, as the coffee flavor will be completely overpowered by the white chocolate milk.

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