pistachio mocha

There are moments in our lives that are defined by the food that we share. It may be a special occasion, helping a relative create their signature dish, or a favorite restaurant.

As a chef, most of my life has been defined by food; cuisines that are unique to the regions that we have resided in, and the friendships we have formed. The Midwest evokes memories of barbecues and Sunday dinners with beloved friends. The Pacific Northwest brings back memories of Thai cuisine at Thanksgiving, lovingly crafted by our friend’s elderly mother. A picnic lunch of fresh raspberries and French cheese/baguette spread out on a park bench in Paris, or a favorite breakfast with a close friend in sunny San Diego are also memories that I have.

Two weeks before we were scheduled to leave Southern California, my husband surprised me by flying out two of my closest friends for a girls' weekend. It was an amazing gift that allowed me to introduce them to one of my favorite breakfast spots in San Diego. Gigantic platters of sage fried chicken breasts on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes topped with fresh spinach, griddled cheese and an absolutely to die for chipotle cream sauce. A dish that is perfectly complimented by a huge glass of pistachio iced mocha with mounds of fresh whipped cream. Ahhhhh, food memories......

Beanilla now carries Natural Pistachio Flavor, the perfect excuse to recreate a delicious food memory. Add depth of flavor to homemade mocha iced coffee and a variety of desserts with the nutty, yet delicate, addition of our Natural Pistachio Flavor. Buttery and smooth, Natural Pistachio Flavor pairs well with almond, cherry, vanilla, chocolate, as well as a wide array of mouth watering ingredients. Enliven everyday recipes with just a pour.

What’s your favorite food memory?

Pistachio Iced Mocha

Yields 1


  • ½ cup dark cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 ounces strong black coffee
  • 1 ½ tsp. pistachio flavor
  • Ice


Bring milk, sugar and dark cocoa powder to a low simmer in a small saucepan. Whisk until all ingredients are combined. Remove from heat. Brew strong black coffee and combine 6 ounces with chocolate mixture. Add pistachio flavoring and whisk to combine. Refrigerate until chilled. Once mixture is cooled, fill a 16 ounce glass with ice, pour mocha mixture over top. Garnish with whipped cream and pistachios/cacao pieces.

Pistachio whipped cream

Yields 1 ½ cups



Place cold heavy cream, sugar, Madagascar vanilla extract and pistachio flavoring into a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat on medium then gradually increase to high. Continue until cream forms soft peaks. Spoon or pipe onto iced mocha, sprinkle with chopped pistachios and cacao pieces.