It took me years to start drinking coffee. I’m not a huge caffeine junky, as I don’t drink soda either, and it just never came up. Then I was introduced to the Burger King Mocha Joe in my college years. It was something like 1/2 coffee, 1/2 vanilla shake mix (liquid) an 3 pumps of chocolate syrup all over ice. It could hardly be called coffee but It was amazing and I had 1 a day for at least 2 years.
Well, time marches on and BK changed their coffee offerings. The Mocha Joe of my formative years is no more. I’ve graduated to other chocolate & coffee drinks, but still cannot palette just the black stuff. Gimme some sugar, cream, and chocolate please.
So when I go to breakfast places I am always looking for something sweet to indulge my psuedo-coffee needs. It was here in Grand Rapids at a place called Wolfgang’s that I first tried their namesake coffee concoction. Half hazelnut coffee, and half home made hot chocolate.
Needless to say the drink came in a cozy mug piled high with whipped cream. I was instantly in love.
But I can’t always make it to Wolfgang’s for the Cafe Wolfgang. I mean, its a busy place, and I’m a busy gal. And sometimes Saturday mornings require a certain amount of not-leaving-the-house mentality. So I made my own.
I cannot believe I didn’t try this sooner, because it is AMAZING. The recipe is easy and makes two cups of the Cafe Kayla (see what I did there?) which is just right for hubby and me. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
- Dark Hot Cocoa Mix (use store bought or home made)
- 6-8 oz of milk
- 6-8 oz of coffee
- 2 tbs Hazelnut syrup
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Make hot cocoa according to directions, using milk instead of water.
- Combine coffee, hot cocoa and hazelnut syrup.
- Pour into lovely mugs and enjoy with a squirt of whipped cream!