Like many writers out there, my best writing sessions are often resemble caffeine fueled hallucinations. When I want to set myself up for a great writing session I usually start with a great cup of coffee. These same recipes are also great for a break during a long work-from-home day.
Break-room Mocha, but make it fancy
Have you ever heard of a “break room mocha”? It’s a cute way of describing the practice of making cheap work-provided coffee taste like a treat using powdered hot chocolate. It can be the perfect pick-me-up during the 2PM post-lunch slump.
When I make a “break room mocha” at home though, I like to kick it up a notch.
Here’s what you need:
- 1/2 to 1 whole Swiss Miss packet (or 1 Swiss Miss k-cup)
- 1 “cup” (standard coffee mug or k-cup) of your favorite coffee (I recommend dark roast for this)
- Milk or non-dairy alternative (I recommend cashew)
- Chocolate syrup, like Hershey’s.
- Toppings, such as whipped cream or DIY cold foam (see below)
Put half a packet of Swiss Miss (or the contents of a hot chocolate k-cup) in the bottom of your coffee mug. Mix with about two fingers worth of milk.* Microwave for about 20 seconds if able.
Add your coffee. If using a k-cup, use the middle or regular size option.
Top with your choice of topping, sweet cold foam or whipped cream. Drizzle or doodle with chocolate syrup.
DIY Cold Foam
What you’ll need:
- Milk, or non-dairy alternative
- Vanilla extract
- Sweetener (optional)
Add about a finger to two fingers of milk in a clean mug. Add a tiny amount of vanilla to taste (this may take some experimentation). If using, add a bit of sweetener. I have used liquid stevia and maple syrup with great success.
Froth until doubled in volume. Add to favorite DIY “Fancy” Coffee!
Here’s the frother I use, but any electric frother will do the trick. From what I have tried, oat milk foams better than cashew, but adding cashew as your milk for the mocha gives it more body. I don’t have a report on almond milk at the moment. Nothing works as well as real dairy though. If you don’t drink dairy due to lactose, I would suggest using lactose-free dairy milk, like Lactaid. If you’re non-dairy due to a different sensitivity or personal ethics, I would suggest oat milk for the foam.
If you have a favorite frother or more tips for the non-dairy folks, please leave them in the comments!