Outside the box

Don't mock the Mocha

Earlier this week, my friend asked if she could make a Mocha with Solo. “I don’t drink coffee, but I want to. I could ease myself in with a Mocha” she says. Admittedly, I don’t know how to make a Mocha using Solo, I’ve never tried it. “Leave it with me” I said.

I thought best to try several methods. I settled on trying some iced Mochas and a hot Mocha. 

First up was an iced Mocha made with chocolate Nesquik. Two heaped teaspoons of Nesquik, pour in Solo and make a light paste, add ice, fill with your choice of milk. Absolutely smashing drink. One sip in and I was sold. Solid 9/10.

Next, I tried a hot mocha. This was a questionable recipe; instant hot chocolate can be tricky at the best of times – it never stays quite hot enough. Anyway, I like a challenge. I used three heaped teaspoons of Cadburys instant hot chocolate powder and added a splash of boiling water to make a paste. I added Solo, and filled up the rest of the mug with hot oat milk. Prediction correct: questionable. Not quite hot enough. Not quite thick enough. All round a bit strange, although not unpleasant. I still enjoyed this. Perhaps it would be better with steamed milk. Shaky 5/10.

Finally, another super simple iced mocha. This is really minimal effort. Ice, Oatly chocolate milk, Solo. Not bad… but not great. This tasted like a sad version of the Nesquik. A bit too watery, lacking flavour in comparison. However, if you want to keep it quick and simple, this is an easy way for a mocha lover to ease into an iced latte. An easy 7/10.

Finally 2.0, I decided to spice things up and make the Nesquik iced mocha with Oatly chocolate milk. A double chocolate experiment. An absolute winner. This knocks the others out of the park. I almost regret making this because now I want to drink this indulgent chocolatey delight every day. Smashing 10/10. 

In conclusion, to my Mocha-loving friend, yes you can use Solo to make a Mocha. But I vote an iced mocha with Nesquik and chocolate Oatly. Enjoy.

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