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Wednesday, December 12

12 Days of Mochas: Day 12 Mocha Love Gift Basket


Here we are friends, at the end of our 12 Days of Mochas journey.  It's been so much fun as we tried many different flavor combinations and even tried a mocha cake in a mug and some mocha bread.  We've also made our very own sauces and syrups for our homemade mochas.  From caramel sauce to chocolate syrup to white chocolate sauce, we now have stocked fridge for mochas whenever we want.


But there is one more mocha love I want to share.  Let's share our love for mochas with another mocha lover with a Mocha Love gift basket.  Whip up those homemade sauces and syrups we made during our 12 days of mochas and pour them into some pretty glass jars.  Add ribbon or twine for decoration.  Then grab your favorite coffee blend. Or perhaps you know your friend's favorite coffee blend.  Place it all in a decorative basket with a few candy canes so they could make a peppermint mocha, too.  You could even include the recipes from the 12 days of Mochas as well.  And if you want to go the extra mile, include a decorative mug.



Mocha Love Gift Basket


Pour syrups into decorative glass jars.  Wrap twine or ribbon around them with a label for each.  Place the jars, coffee, and candy canes in a decorative basket filled with tissue paper or paper shavings.  If your prefer, wrap the entire basket in cellophane and finish off with ribbons, bows, and your tag.  

Optional items that could also be included are: 
  • A decorative mug
  • Printed recipes from the 12 Days of Mochas series




It's been a blast making mochas over the last 12 days.  I sure hope you have enjoyed them.  Look for more flavor combos in the future.  Because I am a super duper mocha lover so I won't stop experiencing different flavor combos as I explore the wonderful world of mochas.



12 Days of Mochas: Day 11 White Chocolate Sauce



We're nearing the end of our 12 Days of Mochas. I have had so much fun experimented with syrups, sauces, chocolates, and flavor combos.  I sure hope you like all the different ways to enjoy a mocha.  If you missed any of the previous days check them out HERE.


On the 8th day of mochas I shared the yummy white chocolate cinnamon mocha.  It's one of my favorites.  Not only because it's delicious, but because it's so easy to make.  I make it when I don't have any white chocolate sauce available.  All I have to do is add the white chocolate chips to the frothed milk.  But I like having white chocolate sauce made because it's so versatile.  I can use it for ice cream, pancakes, desserts, regular coffee, etc.  Plus I can use it combine flavors when making my mochas. 


It's easy to make and lasts up to a month in the fridge.  All you need is heavy cream, milk, and white chocolate chips.  Heat on the stove and pour into a glass jar.


Homemade White Chocolate Sauce

INGREDIENTS

¼ C. Heavy cream
¼ C. Whole milk
1 C. White Chocolate chips

  
INSTRUCTIONS

Heat heavy cream and milk in a 2 quart sauce pan over medium heat.  When it comes to a boil take off the heat and stir in white chocolate chips with a whisk.  Stir until smooth. Pour into a glass jar and cool. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month.





Recipe Notes:

  • If you would like a smoother texture add 2 tablespoons butter when you add the white chocolate chips.  Stir until melted.
  • The sauce thickens as it cools. For a better pouring consistency, microwave uncovered for 30 seconds.


Monday, December 10

12 Days of Mochas: Day 10 Dark Chocolate Mint Mocha


Today's mocha is a bit different than the others I featured in the 12 Days of Mochas series.  This mocha is made with hot chocolate mix.  The coffee mixed with hot cocoa tones down the sweetness.  I used dark chocolate hot cocoa, which isn't very sweet in the first place, but creates a nice balance when the mint extract is added.  It's like an Andes Candy warm hug in a mug.

Dark Chocolate Mint Mocha Latte


INGREDIENTS

2/3 C. Frothed milk
¾ C. Fresh brewed Coffee
2 Tbsp. Dark chocolate hot cocoa mix
¼ - ½ tsp. Mint extract
Whipped Cream (optional)
Andes Candy bits



INSTRUCTIONS

Froth milk in 2-quart sauce pan over medium heat; careful not to boil.  When milk is foamy pour into a large mug.  Add coffee and cocoa mix to the mug; stir.  Stir in mint extract. Top with whipped cream and Andes Candy bits.

Yields: 1 Serving; 1 mug






Notes:

  • The amount of mint you add is up to your personal taste. But be careful because the mint can get overpowering.  Start with the smaller 1/4 teaspoon first.  Then add a little more at a time until you reach the taste you like.
  • You could use milk chocolate in place of the dark chocolate.




Sunday, December 9

12 Days of Mochas: Day 9 Eggnog Mocha Latte


I woke up this morning wanting eggnog... but I also wanted my daily mocha.
Decisions... Decisions...

Ok, I can't decide.  How about I combine them.  So I went browsing for an easy eggnog mocha recipe.  Surely someone out there has thought of this combination.  Well, after some searching I found a couple, but the recipes were for a large batch.  Plus some of the ingredients were a little more than what I had in mind.  I just wanted something simple.  It's Sunday morning.  I don't want to take all morning making this.  Simple is the word of the day.


So I'm just going to make my own.  I figured I could substitute the milk for eggnog since they are both dairy.  I warmed it in the microwave so as not to cool down my coffee too much.  Then I added some ground nutmeg to the warm eggnog and mixed it well.  I poured the warm eggnog into my mug and added fresh brewed coffee.  Then I put a couple tablespoons of my homemade chocolate syrup.  You could use any chocolate syrup you choose.  I mixed it and topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with nutmeg.  It was just what I was hoping for.  I think this would be super yummy on a snowy evening with some cookies to dunk into it.


Eggnog Mocha Latte

INGREDIENTS

1/4 C. Warm eggnog
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. Ground nutmeg
1 C. Fresh brewed coffee
1-2 Tbsp. Chocolate Syrup
Whipped Cream
Ground nutmeg to sprinkle on top

DIRECTIONS

In a microwave safe mug warm eggnog in the microwave for about 30 seconds.  Stir in nutmeg.  Stir in coffee.  Top with whipped cream and sprinkle more ground nutmeg on top.






Recipe Notes:

  • Since eggnog is sweet and then the chocolate syrup adds sweetness, not much eggnog is needed to give a balanced taste.  Also, the brand of eggnog is up to you.  I prefer Southern Comfort because it is so thick.  
  • You could try pumpkin spice eggnog or peppermint eggnog in place of regular eggnog.
  • If you prefer you could add 1/4 cup of milk to the recipe if you like more milk in your mocha. 
  • The amount of ground nutmeg added is up to you.  Some like lots and some don't.  You could omit it if you prefer. 
  • Miss the rum? Feel free to add a little rum or just a 1/2 tsp. of rum extract.


12 Days of Mochas: Day 8 White Chocolate Cinnamon Mocha Latte


I have a confession.... Until today, I have never tried a white chocolate mocha. I've always wondered what it would taste like, though.  So, because we are right in the middle of our 12 Days of Mochas I thought it was the perfect time to try it.  And I have to say... It is AMAZING!!  This mocha is now at the top of my favorites list.

But though I wanted to add white chocolate into my mocha, I wasn't sure how to go about it.  White chocolate can be really sweet.  I prefer to taste the coffee without the chocolate totally overpowering it.  A well balanced cup is what I was going for.


I also wanted to try a different method of making a quick homemade mocha latte.  I've featured mochas made with syrup and cocoa with sugar.  But I've noticed some recipes around the web that use baking chocolate or chocolate chips.  So that's what I went with for this recipe.

It's a pretty simple recipe, though the milk is not frothed like in my other mocha recipes.  Simply warm up the milk, on the stove or the microwave, and add the white chocolate chips.  Stir until melted.  Add to your mug with fresh brewed coffee. Top with whipped cream and ground cinnamon.  Then sit back and enjoy!


White Chocolate Cinnamon Mocha Latte

INGREDIENTS

2/3 C. Warm milk
1/4 C. White chocolate chips
3/4 - 1 C. Fresh brewed coffee
Whipped Cream (optional)
Ground cinnamon


DIRECTIONS

Warm milk in the microwave.  Stir in the white chocolate chips until fully melted.  Pour into one latte mug or 2 small mugs. Stir in coffee, leaving room at the top of the mug to top with whipped cream. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on top.



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Recipe Notes:

  • The amount of coffee vs. chocolate milk is totally up to your taste preference so play around with it a bit.
  • The whipped cream is optional, but I highly recommend including the cinnamon.  It makes it a delectable holiday drink.


12 Days of Mochas: Day 7 Let's Talk Chocolate



What is your favorite way to add chocolate to your homemade mocha?  Do you prefer cocoa powder with sugar or honey?  How about good ole' Hersey's Syrup?  Or maybe you prefer a more coffeehouse taste with a gourmet style chocolate syrup?

How about a homemade chocolate syrup?  It's easier to make than you think.  I was able to whip up a jar full in about 10 minutes.  And the most satisfying part of making and using it is that I know exactly what is in it.  Store it in the fridge for up to a month (if it doesn't get eaten up before then).



Honestly, you could use this chocolate syrup for anything; ice cream, hot chocolate, chocolate milk, dessert toppings.  But since we are in the middle of the 12 Days of Mochas, I'm focusing on using it for mochas.  I usually just add it to my mug to taste.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

INGREDIENTS

3/4 C. Cocoa Powder
1 1/4 C. Water
1 C. Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS

Combine cocoa powder, water, sugar and salt in 2 quart sauce pan (make sure to use a sauce pan with high sides because this will expand as it boils). Stir ingredients together with a whisk until smooth.  Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly.  Boil 2 minutes; continuing to stir constantly to prevent burning.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.  Pour into a glass jar to allow to cool.  The sauce will thicken as it cools.




Recipe Notes: 

  • It's a fairly thin consistency.  If you prefer a thicker syrup you can add a cornstarch slurry (mix of cornstarch with a small amount of water to create a thick sauce) to thicken it up.  
  • I used regular cocoa powder but you could create a dark chocolate syrup with dark chocolate cocoa powder.  Also, the higher the quality cocoa powder the better the syrup will taste.  
  • You also have an option of replacing the vanilla extract with any other extract to create a different taste.  Try a mint extract with dark chocolate cocoa powder for a rich dark chocolate mint flavor in your mocha.  Experiment with different extracts for different flavors.

Thursday, December 6

12 Days of Mochas: Day 6 Eggnog Mocha Mug Cake



This warm, chocolaty dessert is so easy to make.  Get your mocha fix in cake for in under 5 minutes. Plus the eggnog, nutmeg, and rum extract give this mocha cake a seasonal feel.  Whip one up while you watch your favorite holiday movie on a snowy evening.  It's a delectable treat just for one.


Mix your ingredients, place in a microwavable mug, and microwave for just a minute.  Serve warm or cool.  I like it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top.  Then I add a sprinkle of chocolate chips and dark chocolate syrup on top.  Seriously this cake is heaven in a mug! So smooth and chocolaty with a hint of coffee and eggnog. 









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