Foodie Favorite: Iced Hot Chocolate

A tasty oxymoron for a cold-weather classic


Amateur baker and lover of all things food, Carlson enjoys finding new recipes and learning techniques to perfect his love and appreciation for whole foods.

An oxymoron, yes … but it’s a tasty oxymoron.

Your classic mocha is typically a darker, semi-sweet chocolate. In itself, it’s not overly sweet. Because of this, add some vanilla syrup to sweeten the hot chocolate. The recipe calls for equal parts of mocha and vanilla; however, if you’re looking for a really sweet treat, add a tad more vanilla. Make sure to top the beverage off with whipped cream!

The flavor combination of the mocha and vanilla make for a great iced or blended drink as well, and because I love my espresso, I decided to make this a latte. 


  • 3 Tbsp mocha syrup
  • 3 Tbsp vanilla syrup 
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (or milk alternative)
  • Espresso
  • Whipped cream


  • In a large cup, at least 26-ounce cup, pour 3 tablespoons of vanilla syrup & 3 tablespoons of dark chocolate mocha syrup.
  • Pull three shots of espresso and pour into the cup … give it a swirl (or stir the syrups with the espresso). If you’re not a coffee drinker, you can skip this step. 
  • Add 1.5 cups of your preferred milk & stir.
  • Fill the rest of the cup with ice
  • If you enjoy whipped cream, add to the top & enjoy!