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Salted Caramel Mocha at Home!

Today, I am doing something I never do.

I am interrupting the schedule of posts I had planned to bring you this week in order to give you this recipe.  (Which for someone like me, who thrives on planning, making lists, and checking items off one by one… is a pretty big deal.  Go ahead and laugh at my uber Type-A personality.  I definitely deserve it.)

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Recipe for making a Salted Caramel Mocha at home | tastes better than Starbucks and saves you $5!

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But seriously, I felt that withholding this beverage from you, even for just a few days, would be cruel.  You could be experiencing pure bliss, and I have the power to either give it to you or withhold it!  I can’t handle that kind of power.  You must have this recipe!

So here’s the scoop: I (like way too many of my fellow citizens) am a gigantic sucker.  As much as I know it is foolish go pay $5 for a specialty seasonal coffee drink at a specialty coffee shop (which will remain unnamed), I do it anyway!  I talk a big game about discerning wants from needs and eliminating excess food spending… but there are still occasions when my precious monthly allowance of “blow money”  gets very blown indeed, on drinks such as this Salted Caramel Mocha.  It’s just such a treat, darnit!

Anyway, the other night, I pinned this at-home recipe on a whim… thinking that, as usual, it would sit on my Pinterest boards gathering dust and never actually get made.  But I woke up the next morning, craving coffee as always, and realized, “I have sea salt.  I have caramel.  I have espresso.  What the hey?  Let’s get crazy!”  And I did, and well, 9 am was basically the peak of my day.  There was nowhere for it to go after that but South, haha!  This drink was amazing.  Better than the coffee-shop version, in my opinion.  I’ve made it again and again since!

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Recipe for making a Salted Caramel Mocha at home | tastes better than Starbucks and saves you $5!

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Here is my recipe below (slightly adapted from the version I found on Pinterest.)  I make my single servings of espresso at home using my little Bialettiwhich I love love love and highly recommend because it is easy to use and easy to take with you anywhere!  But the process will be even faster if you have an instant espresso maker such as a Nespresso.  (If you have neither of the above, you can substitute a cup of good, strong, black coffee for the espresso shot in the recipe.)

What a special way to treat yourself, whilst also saving a few dollars!  And what a fun way to treat your friends too!  Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this while staying with you as a house guest?  Or wouldn’t this be a cozy drink to enjoy around the fireplace some evening this Fall??  I hope I don’t get myself into trouble with this one. 😉  I’m thinking it’s likely…

You will definitely want to share the love with this one!

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Salted Caramel Mocha at Home? Yes, please!!

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Enjoy,

Carissa

P.S. I’m still planning to post about bringing food to new neighbors, sick friends, bereaved families, new mommies, etc.  I’m very excited about it!  Barring no further life-changing discoveries (such as this Salted Caramel Mocha), that post will be coming your way on Wednesday!  So stay tuned.

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Salted Caramel Mocha at Home!
 
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Notes of caramel, espresso, and sea salt... the perfect drink warm you up during Fall and Winter, made at home for a fraction of the cost of specialty coffee shops!
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Serves:: 1
Ingredients:
  • 1 shot espresso (or substitute ½ C. strong black coffee)
  • 1 cup milk (I recommend whole milk)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping + extra
  • 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1-2 packets of desired sweetener (ie. stevia, Splenda, or sugar)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • whipped cream
  • 1 tsp. raw sugar
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
Directions:
  1. Mix together the 1 tsp. raw sugar and 1 tsp. sea salt and set aside.
  2. In the microwave, heat the milk in a large mug. When milk is steaming, add the 1 or 2 Tbsp. caramel (depending on your sweetness preference), the cocoa, the sweetener, and a pinch of sea salt and whisk well to combine/froth.
  3. Slowly pour the hot espresso into the mug with the frothy milk mixture. Top with whipped cream, drizzle with extra caramel, and sprinkle lightly with the mixture of sea salt and raw sugar.
  4. Makes 1 large mug. Enjoy!

 

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11 Responses so far.

  1. Lydia says:

    I used this idea to turn my caramel frappe recipe into a caramel mocha frappe, It was delicious! I can’t wait to try the hot version once cooler weather arrives.

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