How 2023’s Starbucks Rewards Update Will Impact Your Free Cup of Coffee

Since its start in 2008, Starbucks Rewards has earned somewhat of a cult following. Today’s perks, however, look very different from those available when the rewards first launched over a decade ago—and soon, we’ll be seeing even more changes to the pr…

Since its start in 2008, Starbucks Rewards has earned somewhat of a cult following. Today’s perks, however, look very different from those available when the rewards first launched over a decade ago—and soon, we’ll be seeing even more changes to the program.

According to a Terms of Use update from the company, most rewards items will soon require more stars (their version of points) to redeem. Effectively, that means it will be harder for customers to earn perks like free drinks and bakery items. These changes to the rewards redemption system will go into effect February 13, 2023.

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7 Limited-Edition Holiday Gifts to Snag Before They’re Gone

We’ve teamed up with Nespresso to share the must-have, limited-edition items we’re giving as gifts this year—starting with a few special products from Nespresso, like the Limited Edition Nespresso x Pierre Hermé Pack that features the season’s finest f…

We’ve teamed up with Nespresso to share the must-have, limited-edition items we're giving as gifts this year—starting with a few special products from Nespresso, like the Limited Edition Nespresso x Pierre Hermé Pack that features the season’s finest flavors.


We've officially reached the time of year when I start panic ordering holiday gifts for everyone I love because, as usual, I got too wrapped up in snagging the best deals on presents...for myself. My secret to making everyone on my list feel extra special (despite my procrastination) is to shower them with limited-edition goodies that trick them into thinking I planned it this way all along. I tend to go for food-themed items because those are what I'd want to receive most, like the plentiful coffee offerings from Nespresso or Scandi-inspired cookware.

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9 Highly Caffeinated Gift Ideas for the Nespresso Fan on Your List

We’ve teamed up with Nespresso to brew up some good cheer with a gift guide for all the coffee drinkers on your list. Featuring the sleek VertuoPlus Deluxe Machine and their limited-edition holiday capsules, there’s something here for Nespresso aficion…

We've teamed up with Nespresso to brew up some good cheer with a gift guide for all the coffee drinkers on your list. Featuring the sleek VertuoPlus Deluxe Machine and their limited-edition holiday capsules, there's something here for Nespresso aficionados and newbies alike.


While I occasionally dabble in other caffeinated beverages, and even—gasp—non-caffeinated ones, there's no doubt about it: I am a coffee person. My morning hasn't properly started till I've had my first cappuccino, or an iced latte in the summer, and my afternoons are made all the more productive with a quick cortado.

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Iced White Chocolate Mocha

This iced white chocolate mocha is a revelation! It’s the perfect pairing of white chocolate, bitter espresso and creamy milk.…

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This iced white chocolate mocha is a revelation! It’s the perfect pairing of white chocolate, bitter espresso and creamy milk.

Iced white chocolate mocha

Here’s a coffee drink you absolutely must try making at home: the Iced White Chocolate Mocha! This homemade version is loads better than Starbucks, in our opinion. Something about the sweet earthy white chocolate combined with bitter espresso and creamy milk is a revelation. Take one sip and you’ll raise your eyebrows in appreciation (we did!). It’s even better than the classic iced mocha with chocolate…but we’ll let you be the judge. Here’s how to make this easy drink at home, using a covered jar and your favorite espresso method!

What’s in an iced white chocolate mocha?

The iced white chocolate mocha is a Starbucks coffee drink made with espresso, milk and white chocolate, served over ice. It’s a variation on the hot mocha or mocha latte, made with espresso, steamed milk and chocolate.

A Starbucks white chocolate mocha uses a white chocolate sauce to sweeten. But when you’re making it homemade, try real white chocolate mixed in with the espresso! It results in a beautifully rich, nuanced flavor that’s much better than Starbucks. You can top an iced white mocha with whipped cream or cold foam (we prefer cold foam). Here are the ingredients you’ll need to whip up an iced white mocha at home:

  • Espresso
  • Milk (use oat milk for vegan or dairy-free; it’s the best non-dairy milk for frothing)
  • Simple syrup
  • White chocolate chips
  • Cold foam or whipped cream
Iced white mocha

Espresso methods

The only part of making an iced white chocolate mocha that requires some technique? Making the espresso. The best option for flavor is an espresso machine, but they are expensive and not accessible to everyone. Luckily, there are lots of alternative methods for making espresso without a machine! Here are our top

  1. Espresso machine: The flavor of the espresso with a countertop espresso machine is top quality! Go to How to Make Espresso for instructions.
  2. Manual espresso maker: The next best option? A small manual espresso maker: it’s cheaper and portable.
  3. French press: French press espresso has great flavor using this cheap and accessible coffee maker.
  4. Moka Pot (Bialetti): Moka Pot coffee is like a mix between drip coffee and espresso, and works well here.

How to make an iced white chocolate mocha

All you need to make an iced white chocolate mocha at home, outside the espresso? A covered jar! You’ll shake up the hot espresso with white chocolate and the heat melts the chocolate. Here’s an outline of what to do (or jump to the recipe below):

  • Shake the hot espresso and white chocolate chips in a covered jar. This melts the chocolate into the coffee. Add milk and pour it into the ice-filled glass.
  • Make the cold foam or whipped cream. We prefer cold foam; see below!
Cold foam

How to make cold foam

Traditionally a Starbucks iced white chocolate mocha is topped with whipped cream, but you can also request it with cold foam. Cold foam is lighter and frothier, only lightly sweet and low in calories. We prefer it to whipped cream, which is rich and heavy. But you can use whatever you like! Here are a few notes on making cold foam at home:

  • Cold foam is frothed nonfat milk used for topping cold coffee drinks like iced coffee, cold brew, and more. This Starbucks invention simulates the frothy topping of the steamed milk in a latte, but at a cold temperature so it doesn’t melt when hitting the drink.
  • What do you need to make cold foam? Skim milk and a milk frother. You can also use a French press, but the milk frother works best. At $12, it’s absolutely worth the purchase in our book.
  • How to do it? Go to How to Make Cold Foam.

And that’s it! We hope you love this iced white chocolate mocha as much as we do: it’s a favorite iced coffee drink over here. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Iced white chocolate mocha

More iced coffee drinks

Love a great iced coffee drink? They’re great in any season, though they’re particularly refreshing in the summer. Here are some favorite iced coffee drinks we love:

This iced white chocolate mocha recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, use oat milk and vegan whipped cream.

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Iced white chocolate mocha

Iced White Chocolate Mocha (Better than Starbucks!)


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink

Description

This iced white chocolate mocha is a revelation! It’s the perfect pairing of white chocolate, bitter espresso and creamy milk.


Ingredients

  • 2 shots espresso or strong coffee (2 ounces or ¼ cup)
  • 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips (or purchased white chocolate sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (or oat milk for vegan)
  • 1 recipe cold foam or whipped cream (optional; use vegan whipped cream for vegan)
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Make the espresso:  Make the espresso using an espresso machine, manual espresso maker, French press, or Moka Pot. Go to How to Make Espresso for instructions.
  2. Shake: Place the hot espresso and white chocolate chips in a covered jar: vigorously shake until melted. Stir in the milk and pour into an ice filled glass.
  3. Top with cold foam: Make the Cold Foam and top the glass with cold foam.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Espresso
  • Cuisine: Coffee
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Iced white chocolate mocha, iced white mocha

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Skip the Hurricane—Frozen Irish Coffee Is a New Orleans Staple Worth Sipping

If you ever find yourself in New Orleans’ French Quarter, perched on a stool inside Molly’s at the Market, a frozen Irish Coffee sloshing in your gut and feeling that kind of inner glow that translates to “Man, I wish I could stay here forever,” you wo…

If you ever find yourself in New Orleans’ French Quarter, perched on a stool inside Molly's at the Market, a frozen Irish Coffee sloshing in your gut and feeling that kind of inner glow that translates to "Man, I wish I could stay here forever," you would not be the first.

In fact, you'd be next in a long line of bar patrons, many of whom have had that exact wish granted while seated inside. As its name implies, Molly’s sits on Decatur Street near the French Market, and on busy days, customers can either head inside the doors or be served sidewalk-side from a window facing the street. But inside, behind the bar, urns contain the remains of longtime customers (yes, you read that right); they’re interspersed between top-shelf liquors, dangling patches, and baseball caps from first responders, years-old photos of patrons and bartenders, drawings, and satirical bumper stickers.

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Vegan Tiramisu Pudding Cups

Creamy, rich vegan pudding that tastes like tiramisu and comes together with just 7 simple ingredients!? This is what dessert dreams are made of, friends! This tiramisu-inspired dessert features a decadent, coffee-infused, cashew-based pudding topped w…

Vegan Tiramisu Pudding Cups

Creamy, rich vegan pudding that tastes like tiramisu and comes together with just 7 simple ingredients!? This is what dessert dreams are made of, friends! This tiramisu-inspired dessert features a decadent, coffee-infused, cashew-based pudding topped with a thin layer of chocolate ganache.

It’s an easy, no-bake, crowd-pleasing dessert perfect for hot summer days, holidays, and beyond. Bonus? It comes together effortlessly, with just 20 minutes of hands-on prep time required.

Vegan Tiramisu Pudding Cups from Minimalist Baker →

The Extremely ’90s History of the Flavored Latte

If, like me, you occasionally revisit Nora Ephron’s 1998 rom-com classic You’ve Got Mail, you may recall one iconic scene at a Starbucks in New York City’s West Village. Bookstore owner Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan), in a masterfully layered pinafore and t…

If, like me, you occasionally revisit Nora Ephron’s 1998 rom-com classic You’ve Got Mail, you may recall one iconic scene at a Starbucks in New York City’s West Village. Bookstore owner Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan), in a masterfully layered pinafore and turtleneck, smiles as she awaits her soon-to-be ‘90s-viral order of a tall, skim, caramel macchiato. She’s recalling an email from Joe Fox, her AOL crush and unwitting rival played by Tom Hanks.

“The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee,” Fox’s voiceover proclaims. “...So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are, can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall! Decaf! Cappuccino!”

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The Best Cold Brew Makers, According to Experts

I used to think that my usual black drip coffee with a squeeze of honey was a super-easy drink that I could make with my eyes closed. But after speaking with five coffee experts including enthusiasts, baristas, and brand founders, I’m convinced that co…

I used to think that my usual black drip coffee with a squeeze of honey was a super-easy drink that I could make with my eyes closed. But after speaking with five coffee experts including enthusiasts, baristas, and brand founders, I'm convinced that cold brew is the quickest, easiest way to get that jolt of caffeine.

I know many people like to head out to their favorite coffee shop and pick up their usual order, but for me, my first cup of the day always has to be at home simply for the fact that I want my caffeine and I want it fast. While my black drip coffee doesn't take long to make in the morning, cold brew is made overnight, so there's nothing to do when you're bleary-eyed and tired. Instead, coarse grounds are steeped in cold water for at least eight hours and the result is a smooth concentrate that you can jazz up with ice, honey, or whatever you'd like.

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Chocolate Bread

This decadent Chocolate Bread is infused with espresso and chocolate chips for a quick bread that satisfies your chocolate cravings for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Or try a slice with whipped cream and berries for a simple yet delicious dessert. This post contains affiliate links. It seems like lately I have had a lot …

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This decadent Chocolate Bread is infused with espresso and chocolate chips for a quick bread that satisfies your chocolate cravings for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Or try a slice with whipped cream and berries for a simple yet delicious dessert.

Slices of chocolate bread topped with whipped cream and berries on a white plate next to a gold fork.

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It seems like lately I have had a lot of people around me who need some cheering up. I don’t know what’s in the air these days, but it feels like everyone has had something going on.

One of the easiest ways for me to spread some love is by sharing baked goods. And quick breads are always a hit!

Sometimes I will make a big batch of quick bread and freeze a few loaves, that way I have something on hand that I can pull out and take to a friend or neighbor when they are sick, have just had a baby, or simply need a pick-me-up.

Lately, this chocolate bread has been one of my favorite pick-me-up recipes. It’s super rich and decadent and makes you feel better with just one bite.

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This Frozen Coffee Is as Quick as Instant Coffee (But It Actually Tastes Good)

For someone who lives and breathes food and beverage, I am certifiably not a coffee snob. I own zero coffee equipment, have no caffeine routine, and have never made coffee at home. It’s not that I don’t like stuff, I’m just deeply un-fussy about it. Pa…

For someone who lives and breathes food and beverage, I am certifiably not a coffee snob. I own zero coffee equipment, have no caffeine routine, and have never made coffee at home. It’s not that I don’t like stuff, I’m just deeply un-fussy about it. Pass me the $1 bodega brew or even that $7 latte (thanks, NYC)—I’m fine with either. Until about a month ago, having to go out for coffee hadn’t been an issue; I’d been working in person or was at school where a cup of Joe was never too far away. Now that my job is mostly remote, I've been looking for a low-lift way to have coffee at home without having to invest any money, or precious storage space, in equipment. Enter Cometeer.

Cometeer is basically excellent, instant coffee. It’s not instant in the usual way, either—it’s brewed and flash frozen in capsules. I pop the frozen pod in a mug and pour in 6oz of boiling water for hot coffee, or leave it in the fridge overnight and mix the melted coffee with milk for an iced latte situation the next morning. It’s ready in literally seconds. For those who have invested precious storage space in coffee equipment, Cometeer’s capsules even fit into Keurig. Pour a melted pod over vanilla ice cream for an affogato, or add it to a milkshake—whatever you feel like!

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