White Chocolate Mocha: Effortless Hot Coffee Recipe

If you enjoy having a warm and cozy white chocolate mocha made at Starbucks, then you should definitely check out this copycat recipe.

Here you will find out how to easily make this delicious mocha drink at home.

In this post, I will share some ingredient recommendations that will help you take your homemade coffee beverage to the next level.

A white chocolate mocha, made by following the Woke Lark’s recipe, contains 200 calories if it has no toppings.

If you top off your white mocha latte with whipped cream, white chocolate drizzle, and/or shredded white chocolate, its calorie count may rise to 260 kcal.

Now that we’ve cleared this out, let’s move on to the recipe ingredients.


To make a hot white chocolate mocha at home you need the following ingredients:

  • Espresso: double shot (around 2 fl. oz. or 60 ml).

    If you are a regular reader of The Woke Lark, then you probably know that I prefer using a double espresso shot when making a homemade latte or a mocha.

    That being said, feel free to use a single shot if you don’t want your DIY beverage to have a stronger coffee flavor.

    If you don’t have an espresso machine at home, use Moka pot brewed coffee. The Moka pot brew is the best espresso alternative when making a latte or a mocha at home.

    If you don’t own a Moka pot, feel free to use the coffee brewing device you have at hand. Many people successfully utilize Nespresso or Keurig single-serve machines when making these white chocolate mocha drinks and they’re happy with the results.

    Keep in mind that the coffee will be weaker if it’s brewed in a French press, Aeropress, pour-over dripper, or a drip coffee maker. If that’s the case, you might want to pour 4 fl. oz. (120 milliliters) of coffee into the white chocolate mocha serving cup instead of 2 fl. oz (60 milliliters).

  • Milk: 4 fl. oz. or 120 ml.

    At Starbucks or other coffee shops, a regular white chocolate mocha latte is made with whole milk.

    Nevertheless, you can replace it with half-and-half if you want your drink to be creamier.

    Using skim milk would make your beverage less calorie-dense. Furthermore, if you want your mocha to be dairy-free, use plant-based milk.

    Overall, you can make recipe adjustments according to your personal taste.

    On this particular occasion, since I’m making a regular Copycat Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha, I prepared it with whole milk.

    To froth it, instead of using a steam wand, I utilized a milk frother, like this one:

    Click here to check out its price on Amazon.
  • The hand mixer you see in the photo above is by FoodVille and it’s rechargeable.

    This drink mixing device is very convenient to use and it’s also affordable.

    It’s perfect for frothing milk when you make homemade lattes. Even if you use almond or carton coconut milk, which is thinner and harder to froth, this mixer will make it easy for you to add the desired frothy texture to your DIY hot mocha.

    You can also get a battery-operated drink mixer, like this one by Zulay.

    I’m sure that once you try this frother, you’ll start using it daily.

  • White Chocolate Sauce: 2 tablespoons.

    I use the white chocolate gourmet sauce by Monin. It’s very tasty and it’s perfect for making both hot and iced white chocolate mocha coffees at home.

    Aside from sugar and cocoa butter, the white chocolate mocha sauce, used at Starbucks, contains condensed skim milk.

    The aforementioned sauce by Monin, which I use and recommend, has condensed skim milk in it too.

    Therefore, if you are a fan of the Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha and you want to replicate its taste at home, you should consider getting a bottle of Monin’s delicious sauce. I’ve heard that the white chocolate sauce by Torani is also great, so you might want to check that out on Amazon too, by clicking here.

    If you don’t want to purchase a sauce yet, you can use 2 oz. or 60 grams of melted white chocolate chips (or regular white chocolate).

    A friend of mine uses 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk instead of the white chocolate sauce when making a Copycat Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha. She tops off her hot coffee drink with a bit of shredded white chocolate which melts inside and adds the desired white chocolate flavor to her DIY mocha.

    Overall, there are ways to avoid using the bottled white chocolate sauce. Nevertheless, I’ve found that preparing your mocha drink with it, makes your homemade coffee beverage taste more similar to one bought at a coffee shop such as Starbucks.
  • Whipped Cream – optional, as a topping.
  • Shredded White Chocolate – optional, as a topping

In the following photo you can see all of the white chocolate mocha recipe ingredients:

Now that you know what you’re going to need, let’s move on to the step-by-step guide on how to make this yummy caffeinated beverage.

How to make a hot white chocolate mocha at home – Recipe Instructions

To make a white chocolate mocha at home, do the following:

  1. Pour milk into a saucepan.
  2. Add white chocolate sauce.
  3. Bring to a simmer and pour into a decanter.
  4. Froth the milk.
  5. Pour the milk and the espresso into the serving cup.

I like sprinkling my mocha with a bit of shredded white chocolate to give it a bit of extra flavor and a finished look.

If you first add the milk and then the coffee, your DIY white mocha will have a layered look, as seen in the photo above.

On the other hand, if you first pour the espresso into the serving cup, and then the milk, the liquids will immediately mix together, giving you a nice beige color:

At Starbucks, the white chocolate mocha is topped off with whipped cream.

You can also top it off with white chocolate sauce if you feel like doing so.

Overall, this delicious homemade mocha is perfect for you if you love white chocolate. You can also check out my dark chocolate mocha recipe if you’re interested in making a darker version of this fantastic coffee drink at home.

I hope that you found my guide useful.

I’m pretty sure that once you make this yummy beverage, you’ll get to enjoy it even more than you enjoy a cup made at Starbucks.

Whenever you DIY this coffee drink, leave me a comment below to let me know whether you’re happy with the results.

Yield: 1

White Chocolate Mocha

White Chocolate Mocha

A delicious copycat Starbucks white chocolate mocha coffee that you can make at home with ease. You can use the ingredient recommendations to customize your homemade drink according to your personal taste.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • Espresso: Double shot (around 2 fl.oz., 60 ml.)*
  • White Chocolate Mocha Sauce - 2 tablespoons
  • 4 fl. oz. (120 milliliters) of milk
  • Shredded White Chocolate (optional, as a topping)
  • Whipped Cream (optional, as a topping)


  1. Pour the milk into a saucepan.
  2. Add white chocolate sauce.
  3. Bring to a simmer and pour into a decanter.
  4. Froth the milk.*
  5. Pour the milk and the coffee into a cup.
  6. Top off with whipped cream and decorate with shredded white chocolate.*


*If you don't have an espresso machine, you can use coffee made in a Moka pot.

*You can play around with the topping options. For example, don't add whipped cream, just the shredded white chocolate. You may want to add white chocolate sauce on top of the whipped cream, or use no topping at all. Customize your homemade mocha according to your taste and preference.

*I froth the milk with a battery-operated drink mixer (check out product recommendations below)

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