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Be Your Own Barista: Easy Peasy Mocha


Mocha is the hot chocolate for coffee lovers…or is it the coffee for hot chocolate lovers? Regardless, it can be a tasty treat, and with this method, it can be a tasty treat in your very own home. No espresso machine necessary.

Recently on a trip to Smucker’s headquarters in Orrville, Ohio, I had the pleasure of trying out a few of their test kitchen recipes. This was one of them, adapted to suit my personal preference a bit.

Easy Mocha
1/2 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
3/4 cup hot, fresh dark coffee (such as Folgers Black Silk)
whipped cream
sweetened cocoa powder for garnish

Pour the milk into a 1-quart microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes until hot but not yet boiling. Whip milk until the froth has doubled in size and the steamed milk is on the bottom.

Combine coffee with the chocolate syrup in your mug. Add steamed milk to fill the cup. Top with whipped cream and garnish with cocoa powder.

Makes 1 serving.

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