Back for one week only until Valentine’s Day are Starbucks Molten Chocolate Trio. These enticing chocolate-inspired beverages include the Molten Chocolate Latte, Molten Chocolate Frappuccino Blended Beverage, and Molten Hot Chocolate. As a chocolate and Starbucks lover, I was certainly interested in trying these drinks out. So, this past week, I went to my local Starbucks with a friend and tried all the drinks in one sitting.
All about “Chocolatey” Chips
The way the these drinks incorporate chocolate is through “chocolatey chips.” I guess they call them “chocolatey” because they aren’t pure chocolate. On the Starbucks website, these are officially called “Frappucino chips” and they contain the following:
Confectionery Coating (Sugar, Palm Kernel And Palm Oils, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla, Milk), Cocoa (Processed With Alkali, 9%), Cookie Crumbs (Unbleached Unenriched Wheat Flour, Sugar, Palm And Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Chocolate Mass, Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor), Chocolate Mass (2%), And Salt]
In the case of the Molten Chocolate Latte and Hot Chocolate, the chocolatey chips are melted into the espresso and steamed milk, respectively. For the Molten Chocolate Frappuccino, they are blended with milk, ice and coffee. Next, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on each Starbucks Molten beverages.
Starbucks Molten Chocolate Latte
Description: Chocolatey chips melted into espresso, then topped with steamed milk combined with bittersweet mocha sauce. The topping is a mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and an espresso mocha drizzle. Available in hot or cold.
Price/Nutrition: In Vancouver, a Tall ($12 oz) is $4.45 and contains 350 calories, 16 grams of fat, and 34 grams of sugar.
Taste Test: On first sip, I thought that both the chocolatey and coffee flavour were quite mild. Starbucks suggested that it tasted like a Molten Chocolate Cake but it tasted more like a diluted hot chocolate. The most flavourful part was when you reach the bottom of the drink where all the leftover melted chocolate is. I did like the subdued flavour in a way because otherwise it would be too rich and hence not drinkable.
Starbucks Molten Chocolate Frappuccino Blended Beverage
Description: A coffee with mocha sauce and chocolatey chips blended with milk and ice. Same topping (mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and an espresso mocha drizzle).
Price/Nutrition: In Vancouver, a Tall ($12 oz) is $4.45 and contains 300 calories, 15 grams of fat, and 36 grams of sugar.
Taste Test: It’s a very sweet drink (like all frappuccinos in general). I like that the chocolate chips added a fun texture. Overall, it’s a lot more chocolatey than the other Starbucks Molten beverages.
Starbucks Molten Hot Chocolate
Description: Bittersweet mocha sauce and chocolatey chips melted into steamed milk. Same topping (mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and an espresso mocha drizzle).
Price/Nutrition: In Vancouver, a Tall ($12 oz) is $3.90 and contains 340 calories, 16 grams of fat, and 34 grams of sugar.
Taste Test: A deep, dark chocolate flavour but very subtle. Not very sweet but not all that flavourful either.
I enjoyed the sweeter and richer Molten Chocolate Frappuccino the most. The Molten latte and Molten Hot Chocolate were similar in taste to each other and to a mocha in general. I think the new Cascara Latte I tried a few weeks ago impressed me more than Molten Chocolate Trio.