Several months ago I blogged about coffee and how I was looking for new options at Starbucks. This has definitely been a lesson in “be careful what you wish for”, because now I am addicted to mochas.
Backstory: in December I went to see my stylist for a haircut. She told me that she loved Starbucks’ eggnog latte but that morning had settled for an eggnog-flavored latte from the bagel shop next door to the salon. When she was finished with my hair, I decided to go down to Starbucks and get her a latte – it was Christmas time, after all, and she is a kick-ass stylist. While I was waiting in line, the barista put out some samples of peppermint mocha. One sip and I was suddenly all about the mocha.
Since then, I’ve moved on to marble mocha macchiatos. It’s something about the chocolate with the coffee that makes me so freakin’ happy. Or it could be the crack they put in with the beans when they grind them. They must put some mind-altering drug in there, because mochas have become my new comfort food. Seriously. There was one week when I think I was in Starbucks every day. Sad, very sad. And expensive, too.
I was jonesing for a mocha this morning – I started to go through the drive-thru Starbucks near my apartment but the line was too long, so I headed to the office. The entire drive to work I was lusting for a marble mocha and its mocha-y goodness.
Once I got to my desk, I debated over walking to the corner Starbucks, but just wasn’t feeling it. Instead, I went to our lunchroom and came up with a ghetto mocha (shout-out to my girl T., who invented the ghetto latte). The ingredients, in order of appearance, are:
- A little bit of hot chocolate (we have a 7-11–style machine that dispenses chai, cappuccino, and hot chocolate)
- French vanilla coffee brewed into the cup (from another machine – yeah, we have some fancy-ass machines in our office)
- A little more hot chocolate
- 1 Coffeemate nondairy creamer
- 1 Coffeemate French vanilla creamer
- 1 packet Sugar in the Raw
The result is pretty tasty but now I have a slight headache from all the sugar and caffeine. I don’t really want to keep drinking it, but dammit, it tastes good.