Friday, January 20, 2012

DIY Peppermint Mocha Recipe

My few of my girlfriends have the Gold Starbucks card.  Now I want one.  You just have to register your Starbucks card online and then you receive points for using your card.  After A LOT of lattes they send you a Gold Card....I waaant that.  I have become addicted to the Peppermint Mocha that used to be offered ONLY during the holiday season.  Now you can buy them all year 'round.  Consequently, I had to cut myself off.  Addicted I tell you.  I decided to make my own at home so I could save myself about a bajillion dollars a week.
In a glass Pyrex measuring cup (that you picked up at Goodwill) measure 3/4 cup of half and half, or whole milk, or cream if you're crazy like that.  Heat the half and half in the microwave for about 2 NOT boil it! 
Add the chips to the milk and stir until they are all dissolved.  Then add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
Now pour that into your adorable glass jar that you picked up at Goodwill.

Now make yourself a latte.  Or just brew some strong coffee and heat up some milk.  I like non fat.
Then whip up some Peppermint Syrup.  Its easy.  Heat 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to a simmer on the stove, cook for about 3 minutes over low heat to dissolve the sugar.  Take OFF the burner and add 1 or 2 teaspoons of Peppermint Extract.  (Peppermint oil is better if you can find it.)
Now put it into a to-go cup just like your favorite Starbucks on the corner!!  (I bought a billion cups on-line from a Seattle coffee company.  I'm hard core, what can I say.

I use 1 to 2 teaspoons of each syrup in my latte.  I just like a hint of flavor.  Just use as much or as little as you want!

Enjoy!!!  As my children remind is not a meal! 


  1. A little confused here... How much chocolate? And how much of the syrup and chocolate creamer go in the coffee? I'm assuming that this is a big batch that makes enough of each for several cups of coffee?

  2. Yikes Kristi! I should have explained that you add a teaspoon, tablespoon or whatever suits your fancy! I use about 2 tsp of each syrup for my taste. You might like a little more or less! Enjoy!

  3. Wow! This looks so yummy!!!! Thanks for the good idea. :)

  4. After 5 purchases using the Starbucks card stored on your phone, you get free milk and syrups. So I think you can order a regular coffee in a big cup and get the latte bit and peppermint syrup for free. Until the end of the month if you charge $25 on your Visa card and put it on your phone, you get an extra $5 added to your phone. When I visit Florida to check on my mother in the nursing home I use Starbucks all the time. I go through the drive through in the morning and get a chicken tarragon sandwich and free WiFi at night. I don't have time to go to regular restaurants. Starbucks free standing stores, not the ones in the grocery stores give you free music downloads every Tuesday. The cards for this are next to the pickup counter. It is nice to treat yourself every once in a while. The salty caramel squares are sinful. Ann

  5. Thanks for the hot tips Ann! I'm going to put the $25.00 on right now!