Iced Coffee and Cocoa

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Iced Coffee and Cocoa

This Iced Coffee and Cocoa beverage will hit the spot!  This takes about 5 minutes to make and combines just 7 ingredients, including ice.  Espresso packs a punch and the raw cocoa powder  adds a touch of rich chocolatey flavour.   It’s sweetened with some maple syrup that you can adjust to your own taste.  Sure to give you that extra boost of energy as the busy holiday season approaches!

Hi guys!  How’s it going?  How was your weekend?  We were pretty low-key.  Though, I did realize that time is slipping between my fingers and I still have A LOT of holiday preparation to do!  Here in Canada our Thanksgiving was in October so now for us it’s full steam ahead toward Christmas.     I was out and about this weekend and did some grocery shopping and couldn’t believe my eyes that the stores are full-on Christmas mode!  The local radio station is even playing a countdown to Christmas and now it’s only about 5 week left until the big day.  What?!  We even watched a Christmas movie – ‘Elf’ which is one of my faves.  What’s yours?

I’m like a big kid at Christmas<—-to be honest, I’m probably like a big kid most times.  You know why?  Or at least one of the reasons why?  My mom still buys me a chocolate advent calendar…well, one for each hubby and I.  I just love it🎅  I can’t imagine not having one, ya know?  Do you guys partake in the whole chocolate advent calendar thing?  It’s definitely a tradition for me and I’m HUGE on tradition.  Huge.   Plus, it’s a legitimate excuse to eat chocolate every single day for a month 👍😏

Before I get too far ahead of myself and explode from excitement ’cause Christmas is almost here, I want to tell you about my love for coffee.  Ahhhh, that magical brown caffeinated liquid of bliss.  Coffee – I just can’t quit you, boo.

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This Iced Coffee is a perfect transition drink.  During the summer months and really even in the fall, I’m a fan of iced coffee.  Sometimes ya want something cold, ya know?  Then, as it gets cooler and there’s talk of the holidays cocoa makes its way into your life once again.  This recipe is a delicious marriage of the two!

What I was aiming for with this Iced Coffee and Cocoa  is something quick.  We all know that this time of year with all the upcoming holidays we are all so busy and ya might just need a little pick-me-up.  Whenever I’m having something to drink, whether it is coffee based (like those infamous pumpkin spice lattes) or something fruit based (like smoothies) I want something not loaded with sugar or fat, but still tasting good.  And if it gives me that much needed ‘energy- boost kick-in-the butt’, well, then, so be it!

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You just use a couple of shots of espresso (that has been cooled) or an equivalent amount of strong coffee (even instant powdered espresso power mixed with water will do in a pinch), a bit of cocoa, vanilla, almond milk and maple syrup.  As I mentioned, I don’t like things too sweet so this wasn’t sweet at all for me, but you may want to add a little more maple syrup until it’s just right for you.  I take my coffee with one cream and no sugar, so that’ll give you an idea.  Side note—> coffee cream would be classified as one of those ingredients that I should give up, along with Cheez Whiz, but can’t or refuse to…..right hubby 😉 ?

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I rimmed the glasses with some maple syrup and chocolate shavings, but that’s optional.  If ya don’t feel like wearing your fancy pants or you’re in too much of a hurry, just omit that step!

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 Anyway, you guys, that’s all for this week!  Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon 🙂


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Iced Coffee & Cocoa Beverage
This Iced Coffee and Cocoa beverage will hit the spot! This takes about 5 minutes to make and combines just 7 ingredients, including ice. Espresso packs a punch and the raw cocoa powder adds a touch of rich chocolatey flavour. It's sweetened with some maple syrup that you can adjust to your own taste. Sure to give you that extra boost of energy as the busy holiday season approaches!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
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  1. Place 1/2 tbsp. of maple syrup on a plate and grated chocolate on another. Dip the rim of each glass in maple syrup and then in chocolate.
  2. In blender combine espresso, cocoa powder, ice, milk, vanilla extract and remaining maple syrup. Blend to combine. Divide into glasses and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Each of my espresso shots were about 1.35 oz.  So altogether, I used about 2.7 oz of espresso or about 85ml or approx. 3 tbsp.  You can also substitute with your favourite coffee (if you don't use a strong coffee, the coffee flavour will not be as pronounced) or use instant espresso powder.

I used about 1.5 tbsp. of maple syrup per two beverages in this recipe.  It was not sweet at all.  If you prefer things a little sweeter, just add more maple syrup to taste.

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41 thoughts on “Iced Coffee and Cocoa

  1. Kevin | Keviniscooking says:

    I could use a cup or two of this right now! I know you’re thinking, what are you doing commenting on Thanksgiving day? Well we are up in the Portland area, sipping coffee and looking out into the trees and rain and I wanted to stop by and say thanks. Thanks for the continued friendship and support this past year
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving friend.
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      That’s so kind of you to say, Kevin! You’re such a genuine person and I’m happy for our friendship. And thank you too for the support too. Have a lovely thanksgiving, lots of laughs, lots of good eats (I’m sure you will) and just enjoy yourselves. Hugs!

  2. Miriam - says:

    Elf is an amazing movie! I am so very much in Christmas mode already – can’t believe there is still so much to do … my list of things to do seems to be endless! Love the tradition of advent calendars – who could resists a chocolate a day for a month??? And your iced coffee & cocoa is a great drink to help me through the Christmas preparations 😉 Have a lovely weekend!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I can’t believe it either. I just updated my ‘to-do’ list and trying to narrow things down. Ideally, I’d like to have done soon so we can enjoy all the festivities of the season. Thanks so much, Miriam! Have a lovely weekend too, my friend!

  3. karrie @ Tasty Ever After says:

    I love chocolate iced coffee! Great idea on coating the rim too. Doing that next time I want to be all fancy pants and everything 😉 You know J & I went Xmas shopping for ourselves last weekend and we also bought an advent calendar at Godvia. WOOOHOOO! Plus today I bought J a bunch of beer to make them a beer advent calendar. He’s gonna love that. heeheehee
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks girl!! Yes, I do know that you went Christmas shopping 😉 And a Godiva calendar….you definitely had your fancy pants on. Can’t go wrong there 🙂 Great idea with the beer advent calendar! We bought one several years back, but it’s so much better to make them yourself and fill ’em with beer that you know you like. Me thinks I may have to do that too 😉 XOXO

  4. Stephanie | The Foodie and The Fix says:

    We had such a great weekend! Lots of playing in the snow PLUS I did a Paint -n- Sip for a girls night! It was SO much fun! Elf is such a great Christmas movie! A couple of my other faves are Scrooged and The Santa Clause 🙂 I love that you’re still doing the chocolate advent calendar! It was one of my favorite parts of Christmas as a kid! Cracking up at your Cheez Wiz comment! Love it! Some things just aren’t worth giving up, amiright?! These iced coffees sound so freaking delicious, Dawn! And I’ll definitely be wearing my fancy pants when I drink them because mama isn’t missing out on chocolate shavings. You get it. 🙂 Pinned! XOXO
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Yay! That’s good to hear, Stephanie! Paint-n-sip? I think there was one around here lately. Sounds so much fun!! Scrooged and Santa Clause are pretty awesome too. Seems like only yesterday we watched them, but it was, like, a year ago. Crazy how the time flies, isn’t it? Haha! Glad to give you a chuckle at the Cheez Whiz comment…I freakin’ love that stuff, lol 😀 Thanks so much, girl! I agree….chocolate shavings are a MUST 😉 XOXO

  5. David @ Spiced says:

    So our local Walmart put a daily countdown out for Christmas…like 2 weeks ago. Haha! That’s ok, though, as I do love me some Christmas holidays. And Christmas movies! Elf is a classic for sure, and I’m sure we’ll be watching it soon. I personally like 4 Christmases, too. It’s not a classic like Elf, but I just enjoy it. And then Love Actually. That’s one of the best movies of all time! It makes me want to curl up on the couch with blankets, a fire in the fireplace and one of these coffee/cocoa creations. These sound (and look!) delicious! Happy 2nd Thanksgiving for you, my Canadian friend! 🙂
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      You know what? I really enjoy Four Christmases too!! So funny! When I first saw it a few years ago, I though that the concept was odd, going away (or potentially, lol) for Christmas and now I’m thinking that’s not such a bad idea 😀 All of this Christmas talk is getting me so excited!! Not much longer and it’ll be here 🙂 Thanks so much David! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too!!

  6. Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says:

    We still have Thanksgiving coming up here, but all of our stores are in full on Christmas mode too – craziness! And I’m with you on feeling like I still have SO much preparation to do. Ah well…
    Love that cute tradition of your mom buying you a chocolate advent calendar! A little sweet treat every day 🙂 It’s the little things, right?
    And while I’m not a coffee person myself, my husband is big time and he loves iced coffee so this is right up his alley! And maybe with the hit of chocolate, I’ll even be a convert 😉
    Hope you have a wonderful week Dawn! XO
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  7. Sues says:

    omg five weeks?? That’s throwing me into a full-on panic attack!! Whipping up this iced coffee and slowing down is definitely going to be needed… Though let’s be honest, I’ll probably enjoy it while I’m sitting in front of my computer frantically online shopping!

  8. Jolina says:

    Oh yeah, we are full on Christmas mode too! Love Elf (Tyrion Lannister is hilarious in that one, that’s him right? The big shot writer??), though I think my favourite Christmas movie would be Love, Actually (or The Holiday). Who knew I had a soft side lol. Love this drink! Not a big coffee drinker but Red is so one day maybe I’d make these with the rimmed glasses and all. That will be a nice surprise. Have a lovely week!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Yes! So funny!! Both of those are good too and, of course, I love Christmas Vacation. Love it!! Always watch it on Christmas Eve and probably before that too 🙂 Thanks so much, Jolina!! Have a lovely week too!

  9. Shashi at RunninSrilankan says:

    Dawn, we just started the chocolate advent calendar thing this year! I grew up in Sri Lanka where it just wasn’t as huge a tradition as midnight mass and boozy fruit cake was – and once I got here I never really caught onto it. Then, last week we were in Ikea and my daughter spotted those chocolate advent calendars and deemed we make it our new tradition – so here goes! 🙂
    By the way, this iced coffee and cocoa sounds wonderful – I am a sucker for Starbuck’s mocha and I bet this is way way better than that!
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  10. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    I am ready for the holidays for sure – bring ON the craziness!!! Glad you guys had a good weekend! Mine was mehhh.. boy worked all weekend, which is never fun for either of us. Anyways, advent calendars!!!! I used to get SOOOO excited when my mom would put that out and the official countdown to Christmas begun! Annnnyways, iced coffee is my jam!! For reals, I drink it ever morning even when it’s cold as heck out. So you KNOW I am digging this! Iced coffee for me and Hot cocoa for Boy! Wahooo! Hope you have a wonderful week and weekend, girlfriend! Cheers! xo
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  11. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says:

    You are lucky to have a longer break between Thanksgiving and Christmas because you have time to make and enjoy a delicious iced coffee! Can you believe I have never seen Elf? Shame on me. P.S. I almost had coffee coming out my nose laughing about your cheese wiz comment! LOL

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      It definitely is nice to have the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas…gives a breather, ya know? And lots of time to plan in between. You’ve never seen Elf? You have to check out. Super cute 🙂 Glad to give you a little laugh with the Cheez Whiz…never a bad thing on Monday morning 😉 Thanks Rachelle!! Happy Thanksgiving! xo

  12. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    I LOVE those chocolate advent calendars! My parents used to get my brother and I one every Christmas, and I still buy one every year. It brings back so many memories! And I feel like I’m a kid at Christmas, too. This is such a magical time of year. And yay for watching Elf! Such a great movie! I would love to break in the holiday spirit with this gorgeous drink and a holiday movie or two. I love your mashup of this beverage, Dawn! Such a great idea to use coffee and chocolate…definitely my kind of drink! Pinned, of course! Hope you have a wonderful week, friend!
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  13. Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says:

    I am not ready for Christmas at all! I don’t usually start doing anything till after Thanksgiving. It will be a mad rush to get all the shopping, baking and decorating done. Sometimes I do need a little pick-me-up and an iced coffee would do the trick. 🙂 I would definitely need to do the fancy rim ! 🙂
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Well since our Thanksgiving was last month, there’s a far bit of time between the two holidays to prepare. That doesn’t mean there’s not always last minute stuff to do 😉 Thanks so much, Kathy! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

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