Starbucks in Your Kitchen: Easy Homemade Iced Mocha Coffee

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I spent the first two years of my college career devoid of coffee. Yes, you read that right. No coffee. Two years.

I just didn’t understand this weird, bitter and seemingly over-hyped drink rumored to turn the most mellow individual into a carrot-overdosed jackrabbit. The smell was always so rich and enticing – but anytime I took a sip, I felt an overwhelming urge to spit the weird brown contents back into its cup.

But then Junior Year came along and 9 AM classes became increasingly more difficult to shlump to and obscure political theory articles more frequent in my assigned readings. You could say the years were getting to me. But clearly something needed to change in my life as a tired, winded Junior. And that’s when I turned my attention over to the mysterious brown liquid I had rejected all these years: coffee. And before I knew it, I was another caffeine-addicted collegiate with one hand flipping through notebook pages and another steadfastly gripped to my coffee mug.

Since my conversion to a member of the coffee-driven masses, this phenomenal recipe from HonestlyYUM has caught my eye!

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What’s great about this recipe is that it looks and tastes like an incredibly expensive $5.50 iced mocha from your local hipster coffee shop, but is actually nothing more than a simple three-ingredient drink made with items found in anyone’s kitchen. And as anyone with a caffeine addiction knows, a lot of coffee ain’t cheap. On days that I don’t get to sip on this wonderful drink, I get by with a little help from my Mr. Coffee machine and bulk bag of ground coffee from Costco. If you are in the process of developing a similar caffeine addiction, make sure to invest in these early so you and your wallet don’t regret it later!

Iced Mocha with Coffee Cubes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of your favorite brewed coffee
  • 2 cups of warm milk
  • 4 tsp of cocoa powder

Directions:

1. Brew the coffee. Let it cool for about five minutes, then pour the coffee on your ice tray. Leave them in the freezer overnight.

2. Warm milk in the microwave for 90 seconds. Add cocoa to the bottom of the cup/jar you’re using for the drink, and then add 1/4 of the warm milk. Stir to dissolve the cocoa.

3. Once cocoa is dissolved, put in the coffee cubes. Add more or less depending on how much coffee flavor you’d like.

4. Add the remaining milk. And sip up!

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As you can see, the recipe is extremely simple and fun to make! Oh what’s that? You ask what those beautiful baked goods are next to the coffee? Funfetti Cake Batter Blondies, of course, and they make the coffee particularly phenomenal 😉

Until next time!

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