Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha Copycat

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Chocolate and salted caramel flavors combined with espresso and milk make this delicious Starbucks drink at home. Quick and easy homemade whipped cream adds a decadent touch.

Drizzling caramel sauce on top of a Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha drink.

Recipe Highlights

  • Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha is a hot drink made with espresso, milk, mocha sauce, and toffee nut syrup. It’s topped with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, and sea salt topping.
  • This sweet and salty drink has been discontinued at Starbucks but you can easily make it at home with a Nespresso or an espresso machine.
  • Toffee nut syrup is what gives the drink the salted caramel flavor and it tastes like hazelnut and caramel combined.
  • Use homemade or store-bought chocolate syrup sauce. The caramel sauce and the toffee nut syrup are store-bought since it’s easier to buy them instead of making it from scratch.
  • This copycat recipe recreates a grande size (16 ounces) Starbucks Caramel Mocha.

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Salted Caramel Mocha at Starbucks

Salted Caramel Mocha is no longer on the Starbucks menu since it was discontinued but you can still order it at any time of the year as long as they have the toffee nut syrup.

To order a Salted Caramel Mocha, ask for a mocha with toffee nut syrup and caramel drizzle on top of the whipped cream.

Tall: Add 3 pumps toffee syrup
Grande: Add 4 pumps toffee syrup
Venti: Add 5 pumps toffee syrup

Unfortunately, the sea salt topping isn’t available anymore but you can recreate it by adding a little salt and turbinado sugar (Sugar in the Raw).

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Ingredient Notes

Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha copycat recipe ingredients.
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Step-by-Step Instructions

Steps to make Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha at home in 4 steps.

For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to the recipe.

  1. Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup to make whipped cream. Set aside.
    Use a handheld milk frother to make whipped cream in seconds. Whip until soft peaks form.
  2. Put chocolate sauce, toffee nut syrup, and espresso into a cup.
  3. Add steamed milk.
    Heat milk on the stovetop or use a steam wand on an espresso machine.
  4. Top drink with whipped cream, drizzle with caramel sauce, and add sea salt topping.
My Nespresso Pick

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Nespresso machines are the easiest way to make espresso at home. This Vertuo machine is around $200 and makes espresso and brewed coffee.
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Expert Tips

  • Espresso is what gives the drink its strong coffee taste but if you don’t have an espresso machine or a Nespresso, make it with strong coffee but it won’t have the same taste. Use half a cup of double or triple-strength coffee instead of the espresso. You’ll need to add less milk since there’s more coffee in the drink.
  • Make homemade chocolate syrup at home using my easy recipe. The recipe makes a cup of syrup and you can use it to make hot chocolate and other mocha drinks like Peppermint Mocha.
  • It’s not as easy to make caramel sauce as it is to make chocolate sauce so I stick to store-bought caramel sauce. This one is my favorite and I use it to make Iced Caramel Macchiatos.
  • Starbucks uses 2 espresso shots to make a grande mocha drink but feel free to use only 1 if you’re sensitive to caffeine.

Questions You May Have

What is mocha?

Mocha is drink that combines chocolate, milk, and espresso.

Is there espresso in Starbucks mocha sauce?

Nope, Starbucks calls their chocolate sauce “mocha sauce” but it doesn’t contain any espresso or coffee.

Is there caffeine in this drink?

Yes, there’s caffeine in the espresso and there’s a little bit of caffeine in chocolate.

Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha drink in a glass mug with whipped cream and caramel drizzle.

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Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha Copycat

Author: Jee Choe
Chocolate and caramel flavors combined with espresso and milk make this delicious Starbucks drink at home.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

Salted Caramel Mocha

Vanilla Whipped Cream + Topping

Topping

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup to make whipped cream. Set aside.
    Use a handheld milk frother to make whipped cream in seconds. Whip until soft peaks form.
  • Put chocolate sauce, toffee nut syrup, and espresso into a cup.
  • Add steamed or hot milk.
    Simmer milk on the stovetop or use a steam wand on an espresso machine to make steamed milk.
  • Top drink with whipped cream, drizzle with caramel sauce, and add sea salt topping.
    Use a spoon to add the whipped cream on top of the drink.

NOTES

  • Espresso
    All mochas are made with espresso. Get espresso from Starbucks to make the drink taste like theirs.
    Whole beans: Starbucks Espresso Roast
    Nespresso Original: Starbucks Espresso Roast
    Nespresso Vertuo: Espresso Roast
  • Starbucks uses 2 espresso shots to make a grande mocha drink but feel free to use only 1 if you’re sensitive to caffeine.
  • Chocolate sauce or syrup
    You can use store-bought or homemade syrup or sauce. Make homemade chocolate syrup at home using my easy recipe. The recipe makes a cup of syrup and you can use it to make hot chocolate and other mocha drinks like Peppermint Mocha.
  • Milk
    Starbucks Mocha is made with 2% milk but you can use any milk you like.
  • Vanilla syrup
    At Starbucks, the whipped cream is sweetened and flavored with vanilla syrup. Use store-bought or homemade.
  • Espresso is what gives the drink its strong coffee taste but if you don’t have an espresso machine or a Nespresso, make it with strong coffee but it won’t have the same taste. Use half a cup of double or triple-strength coffee instead of the espresso. You’ll need to add less milk since there’s more coffee in the drink.

NUTRITION

Calories: 708 | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 733mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 1504IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 483mg | Iron: 2mg
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