Copycat Starbucks Mocha Sauce


Starbucks Mocha Sauce

Starbucks mocha sauce is that delicious ingredient included in many Starbucks beverages, including their hot and cold brewed café mochas.

mocah sauce in coffee with drizzle on top

Unfortunately, you can’t buy this mocha sauce from a store currently, so we are going to show you how you can make your own and enjoy a homemade copycat version of Starbucks mocha anytime you want. 

Starbucks Mocha Copycat

We are so excited to show you how you can make a copycat version of Starbucks mocha sauce.

This recipe will show you how you can make a copycat version of Starbucks mocha sauce, that is added to coffee or espresso, to make a copycat mocha. 

What is Starbucks Mocha Sauce?

According to the online boards, such as Reddit, Starbucks mocha sauce is a type of sauce that comes in a powder, and is made by adding water to it.

This sauce is added into drinks to give it the chocolate flavor. This mocha sauce is what makes Starbucks café mocha have its iconic flavor. 

What’s the difference between mocha syrup and mocha sauce?

The noticeable difference between mocha syrup and mocha sauce is the texture. Mocha syrup is much more runny, while a mocha sauce is thicker.

Syrup should be runny all the time, while mocha sauce might need to be warmed so that it dissolves in your drink or food.

Otherwise, it can maintain a solid state. Often times these terms are used interchangeably, but in reality should refer to different items. 

Why Make Homemade Mocha Syrup?

If you want to enjoy a version of Starbucks mocha sauce, then your best option is to make it homemade.

Although it used to be available for purchase in stores or online, currently, it is not available to buy. Therefore, if you want to enjoy mocha sauce, your best bet is to make it homemade.  

Let’s look at how you can make a copycat version of Starbucks mocha sauce easily at home. Our recipe is based on the listed ingredients on the jar of mocha sauce that used to be sold by Starbucks.

The ingredients listed were; invert sugar, corn syrup, water, cocoa (processed with alkali), natural flavor, potassium probate (preservative), citric acid). (Source

Starbucks Drinks with Mocha Sauce

Starbucks mocha sauce ingredients

Sugar. Granulated sugar helps to sweeten the mocha sauce in this copycat version. If desired, you may substitute granulated sugar for other sweetener alternatives such as honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, etc.  

Cocoa powder. If possible, we recommend using a Dutch cocoa powder, so that you get the dark delicious flavor in the chocolate sauce.

Vanilla. Use vanilla extract or imitation vanilla to add flavor to your mocha sauce. 

Lemon juice. A little bit of lemon juice from a bottle or freshly squeezed lemon will help enhance the overall flavor of your mocha sauce. 

Corn syrup. Light corn syrup, or Karo syrup, will help sweeten and thicken your sauce. 

Water. The water serves to dilute and make your sauce go farther. In this recipe we don’t use a lot of water, but we do recommend including a bit of it. 

mocah coffee with sauce on top

How to make Mocha Sauce

To make the mocha sauce, start off by taking a medium sized saucepan and place it over a burner on medium low heat.

Into the saucepan add the sugar, cocoa powder, corn syrup, and water. Whisk all the ingredients together.  

Continue heating the mixture over medium low, stirring continually until the mixture begins to simmer. 

When it comes to a simmer, set a timer for two minutes, and continue whisking. 

After the time is up, remove the saucepan from your burner.

Whisk in vanilla, and lemon juice. Allow the mixture to cool. 

You can add the mocha sauce to your coffee or espresso, then enjoy right away. Or, you can pour the cooled mixture into a mason jar, and cover with a lid. Store in the fridge for up to one week. 

To Make A Copycat Starbucks Café Mocha

To make your Starbucks mocha sauce into a café mocha, you will need strong brewed coffee, or approximately 1 ounce of espresso brewed. 

Add one cup of whole milk or your choice of milk into a small sauce pan and place over medium heat. Warm the milk, just so it begins to steam. 

When the milk is warm, we like froth it by pouring it into a French press, then gently pull in the plunger up and down just at the top of the milk, to froth the milk. 

Pour the milk into your mug, add approximately 3 tablespoons of your prepared mocha sauce, and add 1 ounce of your brewed espresso, or approximately ¼ cup strong brewed coffee. Mix to combine. 

Then top with whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. Serve and enjoy your delicious copycat mocha! 

To Store:

At room temperature. Your chocolate sauce can be cooled at room temperature or allowed to sit at room temperature for up to two hours. After that it should be stored in the fridge. 

In the fridge. To store your prepared mocha sauce in the fridge, transfer it to an airtight container, or we prefer a glass mason jar with a lid. Make sure to seal the sauce securely, then store in the fridge for up to one week. 

Tips & Tricks

Don’t overcook. When making your mocha sauce, it’s important that you allow it to warm so that your ingredients are combined, but you don’t want it to actually boil.

Instead, we prefer a gentle simmer for a few minutes, just so that the sauce stays mixed. 

Store in microwavable container. Our preference is to store the mocha sauce in a glass jar with a lid in the fridge. This way if it does set up, you can simply stick it in the microwave for a moment or two if needed, before adding it to the coffee. 

brewed cafe mocah with sauce

The Many Variations of Mocha

There are many different variations of mocha drinks you can enjoy with this mocha sauce. We have outlined the most common, the café mocha, made with the mocha sauce.

In addition to the hot beverage, you can also make an iced café mocha. To do this, you will want to either cold brew the espresso or coffee, or prepare it in advance and let it chill in the fridge.

The rest of the ingredients are the same, but you will simply want to use cold ingredients rather than warm. 

What to Serve With

Starbucks mocha sauce is best enjoyed in the coffee. You can make your mocha sauce into a hot coffee, or cold coffee.

In addition to enjoying your mocha sauce in coffee, it can also be used as a sweet chocolate sauce on top of other foods such as a pancake topping, to make a delicious chocolate milk, or even on top of ice cream. 


How to store mocha syrup?

Copycat Starbucks mocha sauce is best stored in an airtight container in the fridge. When stored properly in the fridge it will last up to one week. 

How long does mocha syrup last?

As long as the mocha sauce is stored properly in an airtight container in the fridge, it will last up to one week. 

Is Mocha Just Chocolate?

Mocha usually refers to a chocolate flavored drink. This can be a flavored coffee, cappuccino, or hot chocolate. 

Mocah sauce in coffee

Starbucks Mocha Sauce

Making your own homemade version of Starbucks mocha sauce is a great way to save money and avoid the line. If you make Starbucks mocha sauce in advance, then you are set to enjoy a delicious home brewed drink all week.

We hope that you will give this recipe a try, and let us know what you think about it!  

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