How to Make Homemade Mocha Syrup

Save money at the coffee shop by making your own mochas and frappucinos at home. Easy four ingredient recipe that includes a sugar-free version AND the recipe for an easy frappuccino just like the coffee shop!

I don’t know about your house but in mine, we spend WAYY too much money at the coffee shop. Here in Stillwater, MN there is a favorite neighborhood coffee shop featuring organic, locally sourced, and fair-trade ingredients only blocks away from our home. It’s a FAVORITE spot. And it cuts into my monthly budget a good deal.

This syrup is a good way to curb our seemingly daily desire to head to that coffee shop for a treat. I can simply add this to a strong cup of coffee and top it with homemade whipped cream for a delicious coffee-shop quality cafe mocha. Sure, it’s not the same and we still visit our favorite spot weekly, but this syrup has dramatically cut down the trips. It has become incredibly hard to justify making the trip when I can whip up a decadent coffee drink at home.

This syrup is intended to be added to a strong cup of morning coffee to turn your boring morning coffee into a coffee shop quality mocha. Or, I have the recipe at the bottom of the post to easily use this syrup to make a refreshing, sweet, and flavorful frappucino. Because my husband prefers his mocha’s dark and not overly sweet, this syrup is not overly sweet and some of you may wish to add a touch of sugar to your drink or increase the amount of sweetener in the recipe, itself. P.S. I’m a latte lover, myself, and make lattes at home too!


That’s the number of ingredients in this recipe. All ingredients you most likely have in your pantry, already. Let’s check… cocoa, strong brewed coffee, sugar or [easyazon_link identifier=”B00935AGUM” locale=”US”]Truvia baking blend[/easyazon_link] (for the sugar-free version), and vanilla. Did you have it? Alright, let’s start…

Homemade Mocha Syrup -traditional

Cook Time | 15 minutes
Total Time | 20 minutes
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  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups STRONG brewed coffee
  • 1 cup white sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
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  • Stir all ingredients together in a heavy, medium saucepan.
  • Heat on medium until boiling, stirring often.
  • Continue boiling gently whisking constantly until thickened (about 4 minutes).
  • Pour into a glass jar and cool.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.


Mix 2 tablespoons of syrup into 1 cup of strong coffee.

Homemade Mocha Syrup-sugar-free version

Cook Time | 15 minutes
Total Time | 20 minutes
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A sugar-free version of the traditional mocha syrup


  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup strong-brewed coffee
  • 1 cup Truvia baking blend
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
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  • Put all ingredients into a medium, heavy saucepan on medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring often.
  • Allow to gently boil, whisking constantly until thickened (about 4 minutes).
  • Pour syrup into a jar and allow to cool.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.


Put 2 tablespoons of syrup into 1 cup of strong coffee and stir.

I want you to use the strongest coffee you can. Espresso, if you have it. If you are like me and don’t have or don’t want to make espresso, make the strongest cup of coffee you can. I make a batch of coffee in the french press and leave to sit for several hours to become super strong. I find this method to be great for recipes, like this syrup, calling for strong coffee.

I’ve included my sugar-free recipe as well as the traditional for those of you wanting a truly sugar-free version. I find the Truvia baking blend works well for this syrup. However, those of you that don’t need a truly sugar-free option may want to try subbing out agave nectar or coconut sugar for white sugar in the traditional recipe. I’ve had good luck with both of those options and prefer using natural sweeteners.

Oh oh oh!! You guys need to know that this syrup makes killer frappucinos!

Homemade frappuccino

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  • 12 ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup strong coffee or 2 shots espresso
  • 3 tablespoons mocha syrup
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar optional- I recommend the extra sweetener for kids and teens.
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  • Blend everything in the blender until well blended.
  • Pour into 2 glasses -or 1 large- and top with whipped cream
Make your own cafe mocha syrup recipe with this easy and fast recipe! Learn how to make your own delicious cafe mochas! This mocha syrup makes delicious at home mochas!

I hope you can save yourself a few dollars, time, and still enjoy your favorite delicious coffee shop drink in the comfort of your own home. Best part? YOU control the ingredients, sugar, and quality of chocolate (can I recommend Fair-Trade, please?)

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If you are loving the idea of making your own mocha syrup you really need to try making your own coffee syrup, as well. This is one of the most popular recipes here at NellieBellie, for good reason, because of how simple and easy this recipe is to make! With all of the coffee recipes, tips, tricks, syrups, and sugars here at NellieBellie you won’t need to ever spend a dime at the coffee shop again!

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15 thoughts on “How to Make Homemade Mocha Syrup”

  1. I use strong coffee in the syrup. It’s a bit different than traditional recipes but it helps keep it from getting too sweet and allows the syrup to be used for so many other purposes than coffee.

  2. Do you actually include brewed coffee as one of the ingredients in the syrup? Or mix the other 3 ingredients and use IN strong coffee?

  3. Hello! Do you know how many cups one batch makes? I’m going to try these as Christmas gifts this year and want to buy the right size mason jars.

  4. 5 stars
    Finally a sugar free chocolate sauce that tastes good. I did not add the full amount of Truvia. I added 3/4 cup instead. Probably could have been less.

  5. So glad! Me too. I love having this stuff to add when I feel the need to head to the coffee shop.

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is the best! It is my new favorite addiction. I love mochas at Starbucks because they are non dairy and now I can save a little money and make my own iced mochas at home! Thanks for the awesome idea!!!

  7. Just FYI – Truvia is twice as sweet as sugar. So a recipe that calls for 1 cup sugar would substitute 1/2 cup Truvia for the same level of sweetness.

  8. 3 stars
    Just an FYI, Truvia is not sugar free. It is a blend of erythropoietin, sugar, and stevia leaf extract.

    Try monk fruit if you want sugar free but the same sweetness as sugar. It is not artificial and has a zero glycemic index.

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