Starbucks Releases Valentine's Exclusive Drinks
In honor of the day of romance, Starbucks has released three new drinks that will only be available this week, in the form of the Molten Chocolate Trio.
“What says love more than coffee and chocolate?” Starbucks said in a press release.
The first is a Molten Chocolate Latte. Like a normal latte it contains espresso and steamed milk, but within those are melted chocolate chips and a bittersweet mocha sauce. Even the whip cream on top is laced with mocha and espresso. This drink is available both iced and hot.
A Molten Chocolate Frappuccino is also available, containing the same chocolate chips and mocha sauce as the previous drink blended into the milk and ice. It can also come with the whipped cream and drizzle featured on the latte.
Finally, Starbucks has developed a Molten Hot Chocolate. It once more has chocolate chips and the mocha, this time melted into the steamed milk. The whip cream and chocolate drizzle is available for topping.
Several news outlets have done taste tests of the drinks, including the Chicago Tribune and Yahoo. Many are fond of the new drinks, saying they are among some of Starbucks’ best.
“The molten hot chocolate is still pretty sweet, but a slightly bitter backbone makes it more adult,” Marissa Conrad, an author for the Chicago Tribune said.
Meanwhile, others are quoting similarities to Starbucks’ already existing drinks, saying that they taste almost the same, minus the whipped cream and chocolate chips.
“The specialty whipped cream melted almost immediately into the steamed drink, so I didn’t get to distinguish it from the drink itself, but again it appears “molten” is a state of mind,” Alexandria Misch, and author for Yahoo said.
Along with the cups, there is a variety of Valentine’s themed gifts available in store and online, as well as the #StarbucksDate Gif Giver, which makes customizable e-cards shareable by text, e-mail, and various social media. A Starbucks Valentine’s themed playlist is also available on Spotify, titled Favorite Love Songs.
A chocolate string heart next to a dark chocolate, as dark and delicious as one of the Molten Chocolate Trio. Photo courtesy of tOrange.