Of the many delicious hot (or iced) beverages baristas are crafting, one of most popular is the White Chocolate Latté.
As with many lattés, baristas are finding ways to take this drink in new directions. Some add vanilla or almond extract; some adjust ratios of milk, half and half, and cream; and some even add peppermint syrup for a holiday variation. The white chocolate flavor usually comes either from white chocolate chips or a white chocolate syrup or sauce like Torani White Chocolate Syrup or White Chocolate Sauce.
Like all the best-loved examples of food and beverages—fresh bread, chili, apple pie—recipes claiming the honor of “best” White Chocolate Latté abound. All that matters in the end is the taste that you like best. Or better yet—adjust the ingredients or amounts and invent your own version.
The Original White Chocolate Latté (adapted from Allrecipes.com)
- 1½ C milk
- 1 T heavy cream
- 1/8 t vanilla extract
- 1 T sugar
- ½ C just-brewed espresso
- ¼ C white chocolate chips, chopped
- Combine the milk and cream in a saucepan; whisk over high heat until hot and frothy.
- Remove from heat; stir in the vanilla and sugar.
- Whisk together hot espresso and white chocolate chips in a mug until smooth. (If making two, pour half into another mug.)
- Top with the hot milk mixture and stir to blend.
White Chocolate Latté (from MyRecipes.com)
- 2 C milk
- 1 C half-and-half
- 2/3 C white chocolate morsels
- 2 T instant coffee granules
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1/4 t almond extract
- heavy cream for whipping
- cinnamon sticks (for garnish)
- Stir first 4 ingredients together in a small saucepan over low heat until white chocolate morsels are melted.
- Stir in vanilla and almond extracts; pour evenly into 4 mugs.
- Top with whipped cream, garnish if desired, and serve immediately.
White Chocolate Latté (from Torani.com)
- 2 T (1 oz.) White Chocolate Syrup
- 1 C (8 oz.) milk
- 2 shots espresso or ½ C strong brewed coffee
- Steam milk and syrup together.
- Pour into tall glass and add espresso.
- Spoon a thin layer of foamed milk over top of beverage.
Iced White Chocolate Latté
- 2 ½ tbsp (1 ¼ oz) White Chocolate Syrup
- 1 C milk
- 2 shots espresso or ½ C strong brewed coffee,
- chilled ice
Combine chilled espresso, milk and syrup in a tall glass filled with ice and stir well.