I know I have been gone lately. I confess it is VERY hard to cook when hubby is not around. It is far to easy to make the simple things or just get take out.
Many years ago Burger King came out with a Mocha Joe. I was addicted! Then they changed and I do not like what they now call a Mocha Joe. I switched to Sonic's Iced Mocha Latte. They are good but depending on who makes it sometimes they are too thick and sweet. Starbucks? Well, I'm not a huge fan. Very overpriced for mediocre flavor. At least the flavor I was after.
So for as many years that Mocha Joe came out I have been searching for a home recipe to save me the expense and driving to get one of these delightfully cold coffees. An unnamed person at my favorite BK up north told me how they make theirs (the original.) It involved their chocolate ice cream mix. That was a no go for brewing it up at home. I toyed with different methods and coffees and never could find what I liked.
I am a coupon fanatic and if the coupon is valuable enough I will try new things. I happened across a display of Starbucks Via Iced coffee with a $2.00 coupon attached. Ok, that is worth a try. I read the label and it was lightly sweetened made for dissolving in cold water. Alright, it's not mocha but I bought it and as soon as I got home I added the required 16 ounces of cold water. No good. It was just so plain. I added about a tablespoon of chocolate syrup and it still was not right. Somewhat disappointed I sipped at this semi-blah iced coffee.
After about 1/3 was gone I decided to pour some milk in it. This did improve the flavor but still was not what I was looking for.
This morning after my errands I was going to stop and buy an iced coffee. Before I spent the $5 I decided I'd just mix up another blah coffee at home and save the money.
By the time I got home it hit me and this is what I did:
2 cups very cold milk
1 packet Starbucks VIA iced coffee
1 tablespoon Hershey's chocolate syrup
Mix it well until sugar is dissolved. Pour over ice cubes.
It was AMAZING! Now I can make my $5 coffees at home for around $1.00
I think this discovery could be a bad thing though. I'm on my second one today.