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


  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).

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

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

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


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