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Oct 30, 2010

Review: Starbucks - Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Look! They give you a plastic Starbucks mermaid stirrer! Only sometimes though.
Starbucks' Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate is a fall seasonal drink that features a hot chocolate made with mocha sauce and toffee nut syrup (apparently two separate syrups and not the same stuff used for the Toffee Mocha), topped with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, and finished with a sprinkled blend of sea salt and Hawaiian Turbinado sugar (i.e. raw sugar). The price for this warm, fall concoction is $2.70 for a 12-ounce Tall.

Starbucks uses a nice, rich, buttery caramel. I usually think it's too strong and sweet in coffee drinks, but it's really good with the mocha toffee flavor!
Not a pretty sight, but it tastes great!
The salt, to borrow the phrase, really kicks the flavor up a notch without actually being very salty.
It looks a little better when you stir it up.
For one reason or another, it isn't as hot as other Starbucks' drinks. I don't mind not burning my hand when I carry it without a sleeve though. The Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate is my favorite fall drink at Starbucks so far. Yes, better than the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Heresy, I know!

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Nutritional Info - Starbucks Tall Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with 2% Milk and Whipped Cream (12oz)
Calories - 360 (from Fat - 120)
Fat - 13g (Saturated Fat - 8g)
Sodium - 220mg
Carbs - 55g (Sugar - 49g)
Protein - 10g
Caffeine - 20mg


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4 comments :

  1. mocha sauce and toffee nut syrup (the same stuff used for the Toffee Mocha)

    actually the toffee mocha is made with a special toffee mocha syrup (not regular mocha or toffee nut), while the salted caramel hot chocolate is made with regular mocha syrup and toffee nut syrup (two different syrups).

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  2. Ah. They should have it year-round for me to drink then! Maybe they don't have the salt year round then...

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  3. love the salted caramel mocha..lets make it permanent on the menu list!! Five stars!!

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  4. The one sold in India looks a lot better! :P

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