Tuesday, November 25, 2014

4 Ways to Make a Peppermint Mocha at Home

My favorite hot Starbucks drink is the Peppermint Mocha. However I usually just drink regular Caffe Mochas after the holiday season and the Salted Caramel Mocha in the fall. 
The Peppermint Mocha to me, is the best during the holiday season, when it is on the menu. I think this is because they have the chocolate shavings on top, the red cup always makes it feel more festive (but I'm crazy about anything Christmas related!) and I personally think it's always better than a regular mocha with the peppermint flavoring for some reason even though it's essentially the same thing. 
I make regular mochas with my Keurig a lot, usually with the Cafe Escapes Cafe Mocha K Cups. I recently saw that Starbucks was starting making their own Mocha K Cups. So, I bought them thinking for some reason they would be like a latte. Sadly, they were not what I expected. I went to go buy some Coffeemate Peppermint Mocha creamer that I've had in the past, but it was not available at my local grocery store. So I got several flavors of hot chocolate to stir into the mocha, and I think they turned out very well! 
So if you enjoy Peppermint Mochas as much as I do, here are 4 ways to make your own with a Keurig, All of the ingredients can be found at either your average grocery store or Target!
1. Cafe Escapes Cafe Mocha K Cups and peppermint extract
Make the K Cup, this is already made to be like a latte. Then add just a drop of pure peppermint extract, be careful that there's not too much! Maybe a 1/8th of a teaspoon is all you would need. 
2. Starbucks Mocha K Cups and Coffeemate Peppermint Mocha creamer
Make the K Cup and pour just as much creamer as you would like!
 
3. Starbucks Mocha K Cups and a packet of peppermint hot chocolate
Make the K Cup and stir in a packet of peppermint hot chocolate. This is what I've been doing lately. This could also be done with raspberry, white chocolate, caramel, or any other flavor!
4. Starbucks Mocha K Cups, Peppermint extract, and a packet of regular (or dark chocolate) hot chocolate
Make the K Cup, stir in a packet of hot chocolate and a drop of peppermint extract, like the first one maybe a 1/8th of a teaspoon. 
Thanks for reading!
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