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 store-bought or homemade chocolate syrup sauce. The caramel sauce and the toffee nut syrup are store-bought since it’s easier to buy them instead of making them 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.

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.
    Use 2 Nespresso espresso pods or pull 2 shots from an espresso machine.
  3. Add frothed milk.
    Frothed milk can be made using an electric milk frother or with the steam wand from an espresso machine. Another method is to simmer milk on the stovetop, pour it into a French press, then pump the plunger a few times to create froth.
  4. Top drink with whipped cream, drizzle with caramel sauce, and add sea salt topping.

Using a Nespresso

The key ingredient in a mocha drink is espresso. The easiest way to make espresso is with a Nespresso machine.

My Nespresso Pick

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This Nespresso model makes espresso and brewed coffee and costs around $200. Tip: Skip the Aeroccino and get a bigger milk frother.
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1 shot of espresso = 1 Nespresso espresso capsule

To make a grande size Salted Caramel Mocha, you’ll need 2 shots of espresso, which is 2 Nespresso espresso or ristretto capsules or 1 double espresso capsule.

Nespresso and Starbucks partnered to create Starbucks capsules and there are 3 espresso capsules: Espresso Roast, Decaf Espresso Roast, and Blonde Espresso Roast.

Starbucks uses their signature espresso roast to make their mochas.

Starbucks Espresso Roast
Nespresso Vertuo capsules
Nespresso Original capsules

But, the Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast is one I recommend since it tastes better.

My Nespresso Starbucks Pod Pick

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To recreate Starbucks drinks at home, go for this popular blonde espresso.
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Expert Tips

  • Instant coffee can be used if you don’t have espresso. Combine 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and ¼ cup hot water to replace the 2 shots of espresso in the recipe.
  • Milk will increase in volume when steamed or frothed, so to get 1 ½ cups of frothed milk for this recipe, use 1 cup of cold milk.
  • 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.

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.
    Use 2 Nespresso espresso pods or pull 2 shots from an espresso machine.the Barista Express
  • Add frothed milk.
    the Barista ExpressFrothed milk can be made using an electric milk frother or with the steam wand from an espresso machine. Another method is to simmer milk on the stovetop, pour it into a French press, then pump the plunger a few times to create froth.
  • 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

  • Instant coffee can be used if you don’t have espresso. Combine 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and ¼ cup hot water to replace the 2 shots of espresso in the recipe.
  • Milk will increase in volume when steamed or frothed, so to get 1 ½ cups of frothed milk for this recipe, use 1 cup of cold milk.
  • 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.

Using A Nespresso Machine

 
  • 1 shot of espresso = 1 Nespresso espresso capsule
  • To make a 16 ounce (grande) Starbucks drink, you’ll need 2 Nespresso espresso or ristretto capsules. You can also use 1 Vertuo double espresso.
  • With the Vertuo machine capsules, only use espresso capsules and not the coffee capsules that make 7.77 ounces.
  • Recommended Nespresso capsules to make Starbucks drinks at home:
    Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast
    Nespresso Vertuo capsules
    Nespresso Original capsules

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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