Mini Review: Starbuck’s Signature Hot Chocolate, Salted Caramel

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Even the avowed non-chain person likes Starbucks. I do. When I can, I go to Coffee Emporium or Sitwell’s, or any number of my favorite local coffee spots, but since there aren’t any (that I’ve found) within a few minutes of my office, I had to settle with Starbucks. Settle indeed– I wanted to try their Salted Caramel hot chocolate before I hunkered down for a conference call at noon. I guess you could say I drank my lunch!

It wasn’t bad. I got a grande, but a tall is more than enough. It’s not as sweet or as thick as the Chantico (remember that? Like hot pudding!) and not quite salty enough. I realize that it’s supposed to be just a hint of salty-sweet, but instead you get just a few hints of salt in the first few sips. All in all, pretty tasty, ethically produced cocoa and vanilla extract, and I got that cute bear (I love the Starbucks bears, particularly the Halloween ones. I’m apparently 5) to boot.

What’s your favorite coffee beverage– Starbucks or not?