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Mocha Syrup Starbucks Copycat Recipe – Totally Delicious!

Don’t settle for artificial-tasting chocolate syrup when making it yourself is easy enough. Check out our homemade chocolate syrup recipe, inspired by the one Starbucks Coffee uses, below.

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It’s just not a caffè mocha without smooth chocolate syrup, is it? No, seriously — it’s not a mocha without it.

Steamed milk makes it creamy, and a shot of espresso gives it a caffeine kick and delicious coffee flavor, but chocolate syrup transforms this espresso drink from a standard latte to a mocha.

When you’re doing some home-brewing and decide to make a mocha in your kitchen, you can, of course, use store-bought chocolate syrup. But it’s not hard to make your own, and doing so doesn’t take too much time, either!

Mocha Syrup Starbucks Copycat Recipe

Why Make Homemade Mocha Syrup?

We know what you’re thinking: why bother making mocha syrup at home when a squeeze bottle of the stuff only costs a couple of dollars at the grocery store?

There are a few reasons we advocate for homemade chocolate syrup, but the most significant is that it tastes better.

Store-bought chocolate syrup or hot fudge tends to taste artificial, thanks to the chemicals used to preserve it. And those flavors can quickly ruin an otherwise luscious chocolate syrup.

Besides, it’s versatile! You don’t have to limit your homemade chocolate sauce to making mochas; you can also use it on top of desserts, in smoothies, or on its own!

Roasty’s Mocha Syrup Starbucks Copycat Recipe

Starbucks Mocha Syrup Copycat Recipe

You’ll Need

  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • airtight container

The Process

Step 1:

pouring white sugar, vanilla extract and cocoa powder

Making mocha coffee syrup requires only two steps: pour all of the ingredients into an airtight container (we recommend using a mason jar — they’re inexpensive and easy to obtain) and stir the mixture until it’s smooth.

pouring hot water and stirring the mixture

Step 2:

Mocha Syrup

Let your batch of tasty mocha syrup cool. Then, you’re ready to pull an espresso shot or two, mix it with the steamed milk of your choice, and use your homemade syrup to give your latte a boost of sweet, chocolatey flavor.

How to Store Mocha Syrup

You’ll need to keep your copycat Starbucks mocha syrup in something airtight.

A mason jar makes an excellent container for storage, but a squeezable container will work, too, so long as it keeps the air out.

How Long Does Mocha Syrup Last?

As long as it stays in an airtight storage container, you can keep your mocha syrup in the refrigerator for about a week.

However, if you don’t think you’ll empty the entire container in that time, stick it in the freezer; it’ll keep there for about three months or so.

Making Sense of Mocha: Answering a Few FAQs

Is There Coffee in Starbucks Mocha Sauce?

Nope, there’s no coffee or espresso in Starbucks mocha sauce — only invert sugar, corn syrup, water, cocoa, natural flavor, potassium sorbate, and citric acid.

What Is the Difference Between Mocha Sauce and Mocha Syrup?

We discussed the distinctions between sauces and syrups in-depth in another article, but the short version is that sauces are usually thicker than syrups, and syrups are the better choice for cold coffee drinks.

However, both make delicious and flavorful additions to a beverage.

Is Mocha Just Chocolate?

Yup! A mocha, a.k.a. a caffè mocha, is basically just hot chocolate (or chocolate milk, if you serve it cold) with coffee added.

Add Homemade Chocolate Syrup to Your Cup of Coffee

Before long, our straightforward mocha syrup recipe will be a staple in your house; we’re sure of it.

Pull it out the next time you’re craving your favorite coffee drink from Starbucks but don’t feel like paying six or seven dollars for a jolt of caffeine and a burst of mocha flavor.

Happy Caffeinating!

Mocha Syrup Starbucks Copycat Recipe

Mocha Syrup Starbucks Copycat Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

There is no such thing as too much chocolate! Make this Mocha Syrup Starbucks Copycat recipe at home to sweeten your morning coffee and add a hint of chocolate!


  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • airtight container


  1. Pour white sugar, vanilla extract, cocoa powder and hot water into an airtight container (we recommend using a mason jar).
  2. Stir the mixture until it's smooth.
  3. Let your batch of tasty mocha syrup cool.
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