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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

White Chocolate Mocha made at home with your Keurig Brewer

The people have spoken and they gave me a challenge. I made the declaration that you CAN make any fancy, schmancy coffee-house drinks in your own home using your Keurig brewer and you said – “oh ya what about a White Chocolate Mocha?!” take that (ok so I added that part). I honestly had no idea how to do this, it is not a drink I have made before but, I made the declaration and gosh darn it, I am sticking to it. So, yes you can make a White Chocolate Mocha in your Keurig Kcup brewer and here is how…

Make any coffee house drink in your own home with your Keurig Kcup brewer!There are three basic ingredients in a White Chocolate Mocha.

1-White chocolate. Whether it be actual white chocolate, a flavored syrup or a white chocolate hot cocoa.

2-Coffee. Lets talk about the coffee for a second. Any sort of cafe type drink uses a stronger brewed, possibly dark roast coffee. If you don’t go bold with your coffee, it will be completely watered down by the milk and other ingredients, so be brave! Espresso is the most common but, there are several K- Cup varieties that will work. I generally use the Green Mountain Dark Magic Extra Bold, it seems to give just the right kick to make these delicious beverages taste perfect! Oh and whichever K-Cup you choose, brew it on the lowest water setting your brewer allows. Again, you want to actually taste the coffee so it has to be STRONG! The best part is, when using the Keurig it is completely customizable. If you prefer decaf then use a decaf K-Cup. Flavored- sure, use a flavored K-Cup. Keurig is all about making it YOUR drink so choose what is right for you.

3-Milk. Go for the gusto people, this is a treat- use whole milk. If you absolutely can not bring yourself to do that at least use 1 or 2%. Coconut or soy milk is fine for those who are vegan or can’t handle dairy (the vanilla flavored would be a nice touch). I would recommend staying away from almond the flavor is a bit too strong for me and I think it skews the taste of the drink (I do have a few smoothie recipes that are perfect with almond milk that I will be posting soon)- if you happen to love that taste then go for it, this is your indulgence!

I have three recipes for you. Easy, easier and easiest! I have to be honest and let you know that I only tried two of them but, I am quite sure the third will be great too.

First- easiest. This is sooo quick and sooo tasty! You will need two K-Cups, brew a Timothy’s White Chocolate Hot Cocoa K-Cup in a very large mug with your Keurig brewer on the lowest water setting. Next brew your favorite extra bold K-Cup (any variety will do but, I would choose a dark roast) again, on the lowest water setting. Top with whipped cream and white chocolate shavings- wahla… you have a white chocolate mocha made in your own home in minutes and for a fraction of the cost you would spend at a certain coffee shop who shall remain nameless but, it rhymes with blartucks.

Second, easier. This is the one I did not try but, I am quite sure it will be great. If you try it, let me know how it turns out! You will need one extra bold K-Cup, milk and Fotana White Chocolate Mocha Sauce (I chose this brand because all of the reviews I read were great). Heat a little less than half a mug of milk in the microwave or on the stove top. If you are lucky enough to have a milk steamer that is even better. Brew your extra bold K-cup directly into your mug of milk. Add the White Chocolate Mocha sauce to your taste. Stir and enjoy!

Third easy (and my favorite!). You will need one extra bold K-cup, milk and white chocolate chips (preferably Ghiradelli). Using a double boiler heat about 1/3 cup of milk and about 2 tablespoons of white chocolate chips. Once your water comes to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer, stirring occasionally until smooth. Pour the mixture into your favorite large mug and brew your extra bold K-Cup directly into the mug, as always using the lowest water setting. You definitely need to live it up and top this one with whipped cream and maybe a dash of cinnamon! Try multiplying this recipe, putting it in a crock pot and serve it at your next get together! I loved this drink and am glad to add it to my reputoire! Next time I make it I may add a bit of vanilla to the mixture as well.

There you have it. Three different ways to make a White Chocolate Mocha quickly and easily in your own kitchen, any time of the day using a few simple ingredients and your Keurig K-Cup brewer!

What other coffee house favorites would you like to learn how to make?

Please let me know your comments if you try any of the recipes!

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