Avoid Starbucks and Make your Own Gourmet Mocha Coffee!

make your own mochaIf you enjoy Starbucks, raise your hand.  Both my hands are up right now!  yes, I love Starbucks that much.  I love getting it by myself, I love getting it with my fiancee, I love getting it with friends, and I love getting it with mentors.  Anytime, anywhere, it’s always a good day to stop over at Starbucks!

The problem with Starbucks is that it can annihilate a budget.  Heck, if you’re trying to get out of debt, then this is the worst thing you can do!

So what is a Starbucks addict to do?  Well, I have some good news.  You can make them on your own!  My personal favorite coffee drink is a grande Mocha.  For me, the grande size is perfect and always hits the spot.  I had done a Google search a while back and found a Mocha recipe!  Yes, a grown man making Mochas at home, I’m not kidding!

So, let’s get to the point here.  Forget the $4 drinks at Starbucks and make your own Mocha coffee drink.  While saving money, I have enjoyed many a Mocha with the following recipe:

So, what are the ingredients?

-1 cup of your favorite brew

-2 packets of Stevia natural sugar

-2 tablespoons of a top shelf brand hot chocolate mix

-1 to 3  tablespoons  of half and half


Now how do you make this liquid gold?!

First, go to the grocery store and buy a bag of your favorite coffee.  You can either buy it already ground or in beans and put it in the grinder yourself.  Personally, I’m lazy so I opt for the ground coffee.  And here’s one tip for quality coffee: only buy coffee on the upper shelf.

The second step is to place your chosen hot chocolate mix and place two tablespoons into your mug and stir.  Once the cocoa mix is stirred in, you will need to add the two tablespoons of half and half.  The two tablespoons is just a guideline.  I tend to be on the more liberal side when it comes to half and half.

At this point, your mocha is complete but I like to take it a step further.  I enjoy a nice heaping spoonful of whipped cream with sprinkles in my Mocha.  Heck, you can even change things up with different colored sprinkles depending on the season.

So there you have it, the most epic and cheap way to make a homemade Mocha!  You could even make it a family event and get everyone involved.  I can definitely see my wife and kids doing this as a family someday.  Plus it’s a chance to teach kids about frugality!


What habit is destroying your wallet?

It’s time to be honest, what habit do you keep ignoring?  Instead of avoiding your addiction altogether, why not find a cheaper substitute?  I don’t care what your vice is, I know there is a cheaper way to do it!

While I still enjoy Starbucks once in a while, making my own coffee drinks at home has saved me a serious bundle of cash over the years!  Will you be trying this recipe over the weekend?  

 photo by journeyscoffee