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Mocha coffee sugar with a hint of heat is perfect for cold winter mornings!
I like food, and I cook, so I am often gifted not just cooking tools, but also gourmet food gifts. Things that are nice to have, but I wouldn’t buy myself. Mostly because they are expensive.
One of those gifts was a basket of coffee sugars. Sweetened, flavored sugars that you can put in your coffee in place of regular sugar for an easy pick me up.
I don’t typically put sugar in my coffee, but I do love an occasional mocha. One of the sugars was a Mexican Mocha blend, and it was delish. But when I looked to repurchase, it was almost $10 for 4 ounces. Now, I know that for as often I use it, it’s a small amount. But it’s made of mostly sugar. About a half cup of sugar to be exact.
Disclaimer: I do not mind paying good money for products that are unique, delicious, or hard to make/source. I like supporting small businesses, and I know it’s rough out there. But this product in particular seems pretty easy to make. I like challenges in the kitchen. I have attempted things like this in the past and realized I was wrong, and happily bought the product again.
So here we go. First up — sugar. I use a mix of equal parts turbinado and granulated sugar in this mix. Six tablespoons in a jar.
Next up — cocoa. Any old cocoa powder will do here I think. But as far as proportions, I wasn’t really sure, so started with 1/3 of the sugar. Two tablespoons in the jar and taste. Pretty chocolatey but seems good.
Now for the spice. A teaspoon of cinnamon seems like a good idea, so that goes in the jar. Cayenne. I started with 1/8 teaspoon and way too spicy. So more sugar and chocolate. Taste again. Pinch of coarse salt? That’s it. A dash of fresh grated nutmeg. A vanilla bean.
And now for the test. I added a nice round teaspoon to a mug of hot coffee and topped with steamed milk. Is it as good as a coffee shop mocha? No, but it’s a fraction of the price, and it is as good as the expensive version.
Mexican Mocha Coffee Sugar
This delightfully sweet and spicy mocha coffee sugar is perfect for an indulgent early morning pick me up.