Introduction: Making a Caribou Turtle Mocha

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This instructable gives directions on how to make a Caribou turtle mocha. I have worked in a Caribou Coffee shop for two and a half years.  A turtle mocha is one of our most popular drinks and easy to make.  I think it is important for a recipe for a specialty drink to be known, so that you do not need to spend a lot of money at a coffee shop when you can make it at home.  Someone who would want to make this should enjoy espresso, and be prepared to make a specialty drink.  It takes under 2 minutes.  

Step 1: Materials Needed

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- Espresso Machine
- Espresso cups
- Milk
- Milk Pitcher
- Scoop
- Chocolate
- Carmel Syrup
- Whip Cream
- Snickers

Step 2: Measure Chocolate Chips Into a Milk Pitcher

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For a small, use 2 scoops.  For a medium, use 3 scoops.  For a large, use 4 scoops.  You can use dark, milk, or white chocolate.  I chose to use white chocolate for this example because it is the most popular.  

Step 3: Add Milk to the Chocolate

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Pour milk up to the appropriate line.

Step 4: Steam Milk/chocolate Combo

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Steam to 160 degrees.  For extra hot drinks steam to 180 degrees.  For not-so-hot drinks, steam to 160 degrees and then add a little cold milk. 

Step 5: Pull Espresso Shots

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The shots should take between 20-25 seconds to brew.

Step 6: Pump Carmel Into Cup

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For a small, use 3 pumps.  For a medium, use 4 pumps.  For a large, use 5 pumps.

Step 7: Pour Espresso Shots Into Cup

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For a small and medium, use 2 shots of espresso.  For a large, use 3 shots of espresso.

Step 8: Add the Steamed Milk/chocolate Combination to the Cup

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Fill the cup, but leave about 1 inch room for whip cream.

Step 9: Clean Steaming Wand

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This is necessary because otherwise the milk will dry to the wand.
Warning:   Be sure to use a towel when cleaning the steaming wand because it will be too hot for a bare hand to touch.  

Step 10: Top With Whip Cream

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Tip: Start applying whip near the rim, and move in circles toward the center.

Step 11: Sprinkle Snickers Onto the Whip

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Use only one scoop, otherwise it becomes too chunky.  

Step 12: Drizzle Carmel Over Snickers

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Apply carmel drizzle in three concentric circles.

Step 13: Place Lid on Top

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You are done!  The turtle mocha is now ready for your enjoyment.  
Warning: It may be too hot to consume immediately, so leave a few minutes to cool.  If not, you may burn your tongue.  


mike.saunders.5209 (author)2014-11-11

Can you share how to make the caribou coffee dark chocolate campfire moch

mum of 5 (author)2013-07-18


What's the size of the scoop? 2 tbs spoon per scoop?

voodoopunchie (author)2012-12-17

OMG This is my favourite drink and there isn't a Caribou very near me, I'm always complaining that I can't get this! Thank you so much for posting the recipe!

muzzz (author)2011-07-14

That could be pronounced carmel but I guess it is probably written caramel :) But what do I know.

Thanks for the recipe!

Spookty (author)muzzz2011-11-12

You're right, in both instances where the caramel is added, the labels in the pictures say Caramel, but the author wrote carmel.

yroger (author)2011-07-17


Where can I buy chocolate chips in France ?

It seems very delicious thanks for the recipe :-)

thh420 (author)yroger2011-07-28

if i were you, i would just crunch up a bar of chocolate into little shards. its cheaper than buying chocolate chips most of the time, unless they are on sale.

mrmaiers (author)2011-07-14

good recipe

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