mochaccino noun earlier than 1971

‘Hugo’ provided verifiable evidence from 1963.

While researching the history of the word mochaccino (a cappuccino flavoured with chocolate) for potential inclusion in the dictionary, OED editors were surprised that the earliest evidence they were able to uncover was for a frozen confection at the Manhattan dessert emporium Serendipity 3, not a hot drink of coffee and chocolate:

1971 New York Times  12 Nov. 40/6 Mochaccino is a frozen brown and sweet behemoth that few people are good enough to deserve.

Another early reference to an icy mochaccino, however, explicitly states that it is inspired by the hot, coffee-based version:

1979 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, Indiana) 20 June 7/1 Mochaccino is cool summer drink… [This] is a frozen version of mochaccino, a hot beverage usually combining espresso coffee and chocolate.

This suggests that the hot drink may have come first after all. Can you help us prove it by finding earlier evidence of mochaccino?

Posted by OED_Editor on 7 December 2012 12.30
Comments: 3

  • hugo_oed

    A possible 1963 from three snippets of adverts inside Chicago Scene, Volume 4 – Chicago Scene Publications, but it doesn’t make clear if it’s a hot or cold drink:

    MIDAS TOUCH. The newest entry in the Old Town sweepstakes. Tortas, Spanish sandwiches with a black bean sauce, are available with beef, ham, pork, chicken or tuna. Also pastries and the usual coffee drinks (chocolaccino, cafe espresso, mochaccino, etc.) Sun. 5 pm-12; Tues.-Thurs. 12-3 pm, 6 pm-12; Fri. & Sat. 12-3pm, … Closed Mon. $1 minimum after 9 pm Fri. & Sat. 1520 N. Wells MI 2-5309.

    • OED_Editor

      Thank you. This is promising, and the Midas Touch coffee house certainly existed in 1963; it was reviewed in the _Chicago Tribune_ on 29 September of that year. If no earlier evidence is submitted, we will track down a hard copy of the _Chicago Scene_ to confirm the quotation. We are also interested in other early evidence of the word which might give insight into precisely what sort of drink it originally referred to.

      • Noel_OED

        Another snippet from 1963 lists “mocachino” as a hot drink:

        “Hot drinks include Cafe Viennese, mocachino, mocha, French market chicory or cafe Sound coffee; spiced apple cider or imported Dutch hot chocolate.”

        Omnibus, Volume 1, 1963 – page 15