Homemade Mocha Coconut Iced Coffees.
Let me tell you something.
When I was a freshman in college, I once ventured to Starbucks. This wasn’t a frequent happening because 1. I didn’t like coffee whatsoever except when loaded with tons of crap and heavy cream… sort of like now, and 2. there wasn’t a Starbucks on campus. Clearly I went to college in the stone age.
One night my friends and I somehow hitched a ride (not literally, but you know) to Starbucks and that’s when I saw it on the menu: mocha coconut frappuccino. [um, how is “frappuccino” not recognized by spell check? for serious? spell check needs a makeover… gotta get with the times.]
Two of my FAVORITE ingredients combined?! Who cares if I didn’t like coffee – at any rate I was ordering white chocolate mocha frapps once or twice a year, drinking half and trashing them. With mocha coconut I would FOR SURE finish it. Holy dreamboat.
I ordered one.
I almost fainted.
I slurped it to the bottom.
I almost wet myself from excitement.
I literally almost wet myself from drinking 48 ounces of diuretics and sugar.
I became poor.
[I should also mention that this was the same year I bought a $98 sparkly black belt with my dad’s credit card. Uhh… that turned out about as good as you are envisioning. Because, you know, it’s not like HE WAS PAYING FOR MY EDUCATION OR ANYTHING. Not sure why I didn’t think “belt” would show up on the Express monthly statement, but when it did… let’s just say that I’m still suffering hearing loss from the shouts through my red Nokia phone.]
Starbucks became my new favorite place. But it wasn’t like I was there all the time. It wasn’t on campus + I didn’t have a car + I still didn’t love coffee + coffee made (and still makes) me have humongous anxiety/buzz/jitters issues. I feel like a freak on drugs.
Until one day I walked in and… it was off the menu.
What the what?! I couldn’t believe my own eyes because I figured it HAD to be a popular drink. Seriously, I was jacked. If I had any semblance of a backbone, I may have called and complained. Instead I just didn’t go to Starbucks for like six years and developed a nasty rice krispy treat addiction. Not even joking. These babies were the size of my head.
Imagine my delight when my cousin told me last week that she had a mocha coconut frappucinno! YES. My prayers had been answered. Now… I just needed to figure out how I could add $6.00 to my daily food budget and an extra 800 calories.
Or… just make my own.
I’m sure the regular mocha coconuts have coconut syrup in them, so this isn’t quite as coconutty, but I can promise that is gets 98% close. The best part? COCONUT MILK WHIPPED CREAM. I knew that Ashley had made this before and when I texted her in a frenzy from the grocery store, she assured me it would work. And that it did.
We have a layer of chocolate fudge, a pour of caffeine, a healthy glug of coconut milk, a blob of coconut whipped cream, freshly toasted coconut and a chocolate fudge drizzle. Oh mylanta.
Just make sure you use a deliciously flavored coffee, such as fudge brownie or macaroon to heighten your experience. And don’t use something wacky like strawberry. Because then it will just taste… weird.
Homemade Mocha Coconut Iced Coffees
- 5 ounces brewed coffee, cold
- 1/2 cup coconut milk [your choice: lite full-fat, or the refrigerated kind]
- 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons toasted coconut
- 1 can COLD full-fat coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Brew coffee and let cool – this can work with leftover morning coffee, or I suggest making some at night and once it cools, putting it in the fridge overnight. However you want to do it, as long as you have cold coffee, you are set! I still have not tried cold brewed coffee but I know I need to.
- In the bowl of your electric mixer (or using a bowl and an electric hand mixer), add cold coconut milk and sugar. Beat until peaks form and you have the consistency of whipped cream – about 6 minutes. Mine did not get quite as thick as regular whipped cream and was still a bit runny – but I have no patience. It was still delicious.
- Fill the bottom of your glass with 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup, then add ice cubes. Pour in coffee, then coconut milk, then vanilla, then sugar and mix well with a spoon. Add in some toasted coconut if you wish.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of whipped coconut cream on top and another tablespoon or 2 of chocolate syrup. Drink up!
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250 Comments on “Homemade Mocha Coconut Iced Coffees.”
I’m a huge coffee/Starbucks fan, so this is a MUST try :) Thanks!
“I just needed to figure out how I could add $6.00 to my daily food budget and an extra 800 calories.”
LOL and so true!
Omg those look INSANELY good!
The fact that you can whip coconut milk just like whipping cream and get it pretty darn puffy and whippy and have it all sugared up…ooooh, that is music to my ears!
I can do the same thing with almond milk but honestly, coconut milk trumps almond milk, any.day.
And so glad that you’re on the dark side now liking coffee. Even if it’s well-sweetened. Which is how I HAVE to have mine!
I think I love you. Creepy? Maybe. But this likes amazing && coconut, chocolate and coffee happen to be very high up on my list of favorite things!!! Thank you!!!
Haha! Well you know I ran out today, got the ingredients and made this! It was de-licious!!! And I can*t express in words how good it felt to not have to go to a Starbucks with two young kids to get a yummy coffee drink!!! Enjoy your vacation!
It’s so cute in it’s little jar!
Starbucks needs to start serving their drinks in mason jars!
I so wish this could be delivered to me, right this moment…
Okay, when I saw a little blurb about “mocha coconut frap’ on my blog roll I nearly flipped (no, seriously). I’m so addicted to this drink that I’ve blogged about it several times in the last month, and I just might have ordered the drink at Starbucks’ more than once this month! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the recipe!
I had my first this week and I know it’s starting an addiction!
Oh yum! That is actually one of my favorite frap drinks as well but I just can’t see spending so much money on them! Then I think of calories and I go for plain boring coffee ;) At least making them at home you can enjoy all the time and less calories!
Wow that looks beautiful! I love it in the jars! Must. Make. Soon!
This is joshs favorite drink! And really, coconut makes everything better
I wish I had that as my coffee for this morning!!! :-) Fabulous!
So true about the 800 calories — those fraps taste so good that you know they are total calorie bombs.
I only just discovered the mocha coconut happiness THIS summer! Maybe it’s because I used to automatically cross anything with coconut off my list, but *no longer.* I am loving it in everything now…and I even have some coconut syrup and coconut milk already, so obviously, the only thing standing in my way today is time. You have excellent ideas, Mrs. How Sweet.
If you try it with the coconut syrup let me know!!
i die and die again when i see your posts. You know I heart you real hard, but for realsies, thanks for giving me something to look forward to every day at 730!
Thanks girl you’re the best!
OMG. I also love these things. I mean, I don’t want to even think about the calories in them. Looks soooo good. I tried making a healthy protien powder frappuccino, I’ll have to try to make this version too!!
when i worked at starbucks after college people would come in all the time begging for that drink and we didn’t have it anymore…that was some hard news to break to some of them. i never got to try it til recently though and now i see where the addiction lies!
Any idea why they did away with it???
well, if i’m being honest it’s probably (and this is total speculation) because it was used as a promotion to jump sales numbers and then they just moved on to the next promotion. but like i said, it was a HUGE hit so maybe they’re bringing it back permanently or in the summers (like the pumpkin spice latte in the fall/winter) now! i hope so anyway :)
I can only imagine how dreamy this tastes! :)
Ooooh, I was eyeing this at Starbux the other day. Looks so tasty! Love how it’s dessert and coffee in one!
Haha!!! I think we went to college at the same time….no Starbucks on campus and I had a blue Nokia phone. Ah…those were the days!
You never fail to amaze me…and we are like one mind!! Through the whole post I’m chuckling about your use of CAPS and !!!! and sure enough at the end you address the excess use of said CAPS and !!!!. One mind.
If I drink this standing up in the kitchen…that makes it fat-free right? Because I’m standing when I drink it? I think that’s how it works. I’m pretty sure. Yeah.
I can get behind that idea.
LOVE the addition of toasted coconut on top! It looks incredible-and so much better than what they have to offer!
And if it makes you feel any better, I nearly wet myself daily when I get my coffee it makes me that happy. Strange, but true. I’m glad I’m not the only one.
This is beeee–youu–tiful!! I spent many, many university days studying at Starbucks, and luckily my relatives and friends know me well enough to buy me enough Starbucks gift cards to last me almost an entire year. Like you, I became very well acquainted with frappuccinos – the caramel ones were my faves. Oh -and snap on the Nokia phone – I had one in high school!
They were the coolest.
You are a genius. A genius with beautiful photos. :)
PS- You definitely need to try cold brewed coffee!! We have a Toddy and I LOVE it. The iced coffee it makes tastes fresh, not acidicy (yes I just made up that word) and old like most hot coffee turned cold.
I’m dying to try it but afraid I will get addicted!
omg, that looks so much better than Starbucks! I really want to make this now even though I don’t LOVE coconut. I think I could learn to love :)
I think it has the perfect coconut taste!
Awesome!!! I have the same relationship with coffee as you. Loads of cream, choc and sugar. This look lovely! Def a great weekend indulging!! Thanks for sharing this!!
college was such a weird time! but it was full of frappucinos and uncalled for calories.
this drink looks amazing! your pictures of it are gorgeous!
I absolutely hate, despise, abhor coffee, but give it a shot of flavor, lots of sugar and cream, and I’ll gladly fork over $6.00 to feel like Steven Tyler on stage circa 1985. And did I mention that coconut is the best flavor/smell in the universe (hello, Girl Scout, please put me down for 18 boxes of Samoas). This looks divine. Have you seen PW’s post about making iced coffee? I may have to try it now, and add in this deliciousness.
You just described my exact feelings on coffee.
This looks AMAZING! I too am a big big fan of anything in the coconut-cocoa genre. My question is: when you are talking of coconut milk, do you mean the canned kind, or the one they’re selling next to soy milk?
For the whipped cream you must use the full-fat and that is the kind that comes in a can. For the 1/2 cup IN the coffee you can use the canned or refrigerated!
My grocery store (a.k.a Walmart) STOPPED selling Coconut Milk in the fridge part….I actually got up the nerve and complained! I was buying it all the time, and then all of a sudden, it’s gone! Sooo frustrating. Glad to know the canned version will work for this!
Oh, but I did find Almond Joy coffee creamer!!!!!! DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I want that!
Really?!? I would be crushed. I loooove it.
I love them too! I created brownies in their likeness :)! Yummy! http://www.jaseyscrazydaisy.com/2011/07/mocha-coconut-creme-brownies.html
I am drinking a large coconut iced coffee as I’m reading this…and finding myself craving a large mocha coconut iced coffee…
Clearly I have a problem.
This is BY FAR my favorite Starbucks drink EVER. I am so pumped to try your version. My husband is too. I feel like your version may have a more genuine coconut flavor.
Love this post.
this is my current favorite drink at Starbucks! I must make this NOW!!
Holy @$*# this looks amazing! I love coconut mocha frappacinos, because they taste like samoas the girl scout cookies! I am a closet frappacino lover, I always felt a little lame for getting them but I’ve embraced the anti-coffeeness about frappacinos at this point but not the price tag. Your version looks awesome and could save sooo much money!
OMG! They had the same thing at Caribou–which I am partial to being from Minnesota. But, you DO need to try cold brewed coffee–best purchase I made in a long time was our French Press. Super easy. Brew it cold, pop it in the fridge and mix with milk and ice in the morning. I understand you don’t loooove coffee like I do but, it would help you make these Mocha Coconut Iced Coffees!!! Have a nice weekend : )
I have a French press and didn’t even think to do my cold brewed in that!! You are brilliant!
I die — this looks incredible. And I could certainly benefit from not indulging my Starbucks obsession as often as I do! Plus, homemade is always better. :)
Oh my goodness!! I love the presentation, too!
Yum this sounds amazing! I need to learn how to make my own coffee drinks, it would help my starbucks addiction! Although I am starting to love black coffee with just a bit of cinnamon, I know odd!
Good God, that looks delicious. I had a sip of my friend’s coconut mocha frap the other day and it tasted like a girl scout samoa cookie! That coconut whipped cream—fricking yum. I can see myself making that and putting it on all sorts of things.
Yes that is exactly what it tastes like!!
Looks fan-freakin-tastic! What was your final cost for your ingredients? Did I miss that section? Curious.
Oh man I have no idea, but I had everything on hand so didn’t end up buying anything. I would like to get some coconut syrup though!
Looks so good! I love coconut… and coffee… and chocolate… and whipped cream. This is basically heaven.
Thank you so much for this recipe! I’ve recently become obsessed with the Starbucks Frap version of this and I’m so excited to make it.
Yum! I love coffee and I love coconut, so I’m sure I’d love this! It looks fantastic! :)
Excuse me while I put every can of coconut milk in my pantry into my fridge to make a continuous supply of these! Oh my!
Oh man, oh man. Those look delicious. I may or may not have a Starbucks gold card with my name engraved on it. I may or may not enter Starbucks every single day for my daily hit. I MAY have to try these at home, so that I can put some money into savings! Yummayyy. Beautiful pics. :)
This has been my absolute favorite summer treat, I can’t believe you just recreated it! genius, seriously.
Do you think you could blend it?
Definitely! I meant to add that in the instructions.
Really?? I didn’t know this USED to be on their menu! What were they thinking?! This is the best drink they’ve got (also a NON-coffee drinker) and I discovered it last month and died just like you. The hubby loves it too, which means whenever we go out to do errands we have to stop at a Starbucks so he can handle the malls/targets/grocery stores. But then he gets upset when I drink half of it. Hahaha.
oh my god. we are now for sure long lost sisters and not just because of the nokia phone reference (mine was pink). JUST THE OTHER DAY i tried my first mocha coconut frappucino, and you can get it in light there, so there’s a little something. i loved it! and i know, KNOW i’m going to love this. also, i just bought some cutsie new mason jars that i’ve been dying to put to good use. i can get behind this idea for sure.
I can get it made light?! I’m so behind the times. I need to try this
I’m exactly the same, I don’t drink ‘normal’ coffee at all, only ones with foam, milk, sugar, cream etc! Luckily I much prefer tea anyway :)
Your post had me dying! haha. I remember those awesome sparkly belts! I had 3 of them… black, pink and silver, to go with my awesome Express felt-like pink & black pants. Awesome! hahaha.
Anyways, I worked at Starbucks for 5 years throughout college… they always have mocha frappuccino and have coconut syrup in the summer… You can actually buy syrup bottles so people used to stock up on their favorite flavor & take it home or add it in their car once they got their drink.. no joke. I’m looking forward to trying your homemade one though!
Those belts were the best.