Making a Caribou Turtle Mocha




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

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

Step 2: Measure Chocolate Chips Into a Milk Pitcher

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

Pour milk up to the appropriate line.

Step 4: Steam Milk/chocolate Combo

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

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

Step 6: Pump Carmel Into Cup

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

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

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

Step 9: Clean Steaming Wand

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

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

Step 11: Sprinkle Snickers Onto the Whip

Use only one scoop, otherwise it becomes too chunky.  

Step 12: Drizzle Carmel Over Snickers

Apply carmel drizzle in three concentric circles.

Step 13: Place Lid on Top

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.  



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    9 Discussions


    Question 2 months ago on Step 3

    Not many people have a kids small medium large measuring cup at home.

    You have measurements for everything but the milk.. how much milk based on size?


    4 years ago

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

    mum of 5

    5 years ago on Step 2


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


    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!


    7 years ago on Introduction

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

    Thanks for the recipe!

    1 reply

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

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


    7 years ago on Step 2


    Where can I buy chocolate chips in France ?

    It seems very delicious thanks for the recipe :-)

    1 reply

    Reply 7 years ago on Step 2

    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.