There’s nothing quite like the warmth of the holiday season in a cup, and Coroco Coffee’s Santa’s Little Helper Latte is the perfect embodiment of festive cheer. This delightful concoction blends the rich flavors of freshly roasted espresso, the subtle crunch of crushed peppermint pieces, the sweetness of white mocha, and your choice of perfectly steamed milk. The best part? You can easily recreate this at home! Let’s dive into the recipe:
- 2 shots of freshly brewed espresso (or strongly brewed coffee)
- 1 tablespoon of crushed peppermint candy or candy canes
- 2 tablespoons of white chocolate syrup or white chocolate sauce
- 8 ounces of your choice of steamed milk (whole milk, almond milk, oat milk, etc.)
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Additional crushed peppermint for garnish (optional)
- Prepare the Espresso we recommend our Interlude Espressivo: Start by brewing two shots of espresso using your preferred method. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can make with strong coffee.
- Crush the Peppermint Candy: Place the peppermint candy or candy canes into a resealable plastic bag and crush them into small pieces using a rolling pin or another heavy object. Set aside.
- Heat the Milk: If you have a milk steamer, steam the milk until it reaches your desired temperature and consistency. If you don’t have a steamer, you can heat the milk on the stovetop, being careful not to boil it. Use a frother or whisk to create a bit of foam.
- Assemble the Latte: In a large coffee mug, add the white chocolate syrup or sauce. Pour the freshly brewed espresso over the syrup and stir well to combine.
- Add the Crushed Peppermint: Sprinkle a generous amount of the crushed peppermint pieces into the mug with the espresso and white chocolate mixture. Stir gently to infuse the flavors.
- Pour in the Steamed Milk: Slowly pour the steamed milk into the mug, holding back the foam with a spoon to allow mostly steamed milk to fill the cup. Leave some room for the foam.
- Top with Foam and Garnish: If desired, spoon the milk foam over the top of the latte. You can further enhance the presentation by adding a dollop of whipped cream on top and sprinkling a pinch of crushed peppermint for a festive touch.
- Serve and Enjoy: Your Santa’s Little Helper Latte is ready to be enjoyed! Sip and savor the delightful combination of flavors, perfect for a cozy evening or as a midday treat.
Or stop in to Coroco and one of our friendly baristas will make you the perfect cup. Santa’s Little Helper is also featured in our 🌬️ Winter Wonderland in a Cup Latte Flight. This exclusive collection features a trio of seasonal latte creations, each carefully crafted to offer you a unique and heartwarming experience.