I love to create a coffee shop experience at home. That’s why I created this EASY Homemade Salted Caramel Mocha Recipe so you can brew your copycat Starbucks coffee recipe at home. This is one of our most popular recipes on the site and, once you try it, I know you will see why!
My favorite drink at Starbucks is their Salted Caramel Mocha Latte.
One sip of this delicious goodness had me daydreaming about how I could replicate this delicious salty caramel goodness at home.
Coffee drinking is, after all, one of my favorite hobbies, but a girl has to do it on a budget.
A DIY version of this Salted Caramel Mocha Latte was definitely in order.
I am no stranger to the sweet and salty combination.
My Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brownies may have made me a celebrity in very tiny circles of friends.
I am also no stranger to replicating Starbucks treats. My homemade pumpkin spice latte has been shared (and enjoyed) thousands of times, by our readers.
These two things, that I am most proud of, had to come together for this fun treat.
Lattes are an easy creation to make at home. Each fall and winter, I put my French Press to work by creating the strong brewed coffee needed for a delicious latte at home.
In the summer, my cold brewed coffees are made with this little gadget and over the years it has paid for itself over and over again.
One rainy day, I decided to replicate my new favorite Starbucks treat.
I sipped lattes, tested combinations, whipped, brewed, drizzled, sipped, whipped, brewed, drizzled, and sipped.
As I tried to hold my camera steady to take pictures of my coffee glory, I realized I had a horrible case of the shakes.
I also realized I may have overdone it with the sipping part of things.
When I came to get my children at their bus stop still wearing my pajamas (complete with rubber boots), bearing crazy caffeinated eyes, and shaky hands… I had to wonder what the bus driver thought of this crazy woman who hadn’t even brushed her hair that day.
Hey, it is better than the times I come with crazy eyes and spray paint all over me- hahaha!
In the end, I think it was all worth it though.
I hope you will think so too.
Save your $5 and make this little treat at home whenever you want.
Just take my advice and try to do it in moderation.
Trying to save calories?
Skip the toppings and just enjoy a skinny salted caramel latte at home.
How to Make a Homemade Salted Caramel Mocha Latte at Home
What Supplies Do I Need to Make a Salted Caramel Mocha Latte at Home?
The tools I would recommend are an immersion blender (or small individual blender for drinks or a simple whisk), a saucepan, and a french press or espresso pot (depending on how strong you like to make it).
How Can I Make a Salted Caramel Mocha Latte At Home if I Have a Keurig?
I don’t, personally, have a Keurig, but two of my amazing readers shared their tricks to get that coffee shop taste at home with your Keurig.
Lora said, “Try one of the dark, strong coffee K-Cups they offer! Jet fuel is one. They do make some nice strong ones you just have to look!”
What a great idea! Take a peek at some of the k-cup options for a diy latte at home.
Another reader, Kim, shared this super smart idea to brew coffee with a completely different type of k-cup.
Kim said, “If you buy the iced coffee blends for Keurig (I have Nantucket Iced Coffee) and just brew it like a normal cup (not over ice) – it is super strong and works great for these type recipes!”
Another fantastic suggestion! You can shop for iced coffee k-cup options here.
What Ingredient Could I Purchase if I Wanted to Drink an Exact Copycat Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha Latte At Home?
My readers are always so generous with their commentary and we had a couple of replies, from Starbucks employees to set the recipe straight. In the Starbucks version, the Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha Latte doesn’t actually have…well, caramel.
They actually use a toffee nut syrup instead.
That is what gives it that rich buttery flavor that makes it such a fun treat.
Does Starbucks Sell the Toffee Nut Syrup?
Did you know that you can purchase coffee syrups directly from your local Starbucks.
With seasonal drinks in high demand, if you are thinking about buying a syrup, contact a manager to see if they can order you a bottle. When they place their order, they can tack on an extra bottle just for you.
Just replace the two tablespoons of caramel syrup with two tablespoons of the toffee nut syrup (or less- experiment with this one!!).
What Type of Salt Does Starbucks Use in Their Salted Caramel Mocha Lattes?
Starbucks uses a blend of turbinado sugar and smoked sea salt. I visited a lot of boards to see if I could figure out the exact combo. Just mix together 2/3 turbinado cane sugar and 1/3 smoked sea salt.
Mix them together in a shaker for your future lattes!
Why Does This Recipe Have Kosher Salt and Caramel Sauce Instead?
Here’s the honest truth…because that is what was accessible to me.
I always have kosher salt in my house and caramel sauce is an easy addition from the supermarket.
MomAdvice is all about good living for less so I try to keep this in mind with our readers.
If you prefer a fancier experience, you now know how to level up!!
If you want to keep it accessible, cheap, or live in an area where fancy salts and coffee additions aren’t accessible…then this recipe is for you!
Homemade Salted Caramel Mocha Latte
Author: Amy Allen Clark
Recipe type: Drink
- 1 cup milk, steamed
- 1 cup very strong coffee (4 tablespoons coffee grounds to 1 cup of hot water, prepared in a French Press)
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 tablespoons caramel coffee syrup (I bought mine at our local superstore in the coffee aisle or you can pick them up at your wholesale club for cheap. I accidentally bought sugar-free and it worked like a charm. Feel free to use either variety and adjust to your taste)
- Whipped cream
- Caramel Sauce
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
- Prepare your hot water in a kettle. Add four tablespoons of your favorite coffee grounds to your French Press. Pour 1 cup of hot water over them and allow the coffee to steep for four minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
- In a pot, heat up one cup of milk until it is steaming. Froth the milk with a wire whisk or an immersion blender until it is nice and foamy.
- In your coffee cup, mix together the prepared coffee, cocoa powder, sugar, and caramel coffee syrup until the sugar and cocoa powder are dissolved and there are no lumps. Pour the milk foam over the top of the coffee/mocha mixture and stir to incorporate. Top with whipped cream, a generous drizzle of caramel sauce, and your pinch of salt.
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