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Starbucks’ Valentine’s Day Drinks Look Delicious!

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Remember last year’s molten chocolate lava drinks from Starbucks? They were introduced around Valentine’s Day and were a major hit. Due to their popularity, Starbucks has decided to bring them back again this year!

Delish reports that the drinks will be available from Feb. 7 to Feb. 14, 2017, and will be available in latte, hot chocolate and frozen Frappuccino versions. The drinks debuted during Valentine’s week of 2016, and it’s no wonder they were such a hit. The actual dessert became a classic after its own debut in 1991. My only question is, why can’t we have this drink all year ’round? Just make it red and sprinkle some red sugar crystals or something on top for V-Day, so that we can enjoy the taste of molten chocolate lava cake in drink form any time we’d like!

In case you’d like to make it at home, the Molten Chocolate Latte is made by melting chocolate chips, then stirring them with espresso and pouring steamed milk on top. Add a chocolate mocha drizzle to finish the dessert-in-drink-form.

The hot chocolate is similar; just remove the espresso, basically. Melt the mocha sauce along with the chocolate chips and mix that with steamed milk and you’ll get the result you’re after. Be warned though, you can only get that amazing espresso-mocha whipped cream on your drink at Starbucks. That is, unless you want to put forth a lot of extra effort to try and make that yourself. You’re on your own in that venture, I’m afraid.

Finally, the Molten Chocolate Frappuccino is made by mixing coffee with the mocha sauce and chocolate chips and then blending that combination with milk ice. Pretty straightforward for a Frappuccino.

If you don’t think you can make it to Starbucks during the week of the Molten Chocolate promotion, or if you aren’t a big fan of chocolate, there are a couple of other seasonal treats you can try. For example, Starbucks reports that its first new drink of 2017 is the Cascara Latte. It’s made with the taste of the coffee cherry, a sort of fruit that acts as the husk of the coffee bean as we know it. The latte is made with cascara syrup and topped with cascara extract and cane sugar.

You can also try the Smoked Butterscotch latte, also available as a Frappuccino. It’s very sweet and extra delicious (I know, I tried it!). Both drinks are available while supplies last, so go and try them out!

Sources: Delish, Starbucks / Photo Credit: Starbucks via Delish

Tags: coffee, espresso, limited edition, Starbucks, valentines day
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Move Over PSL: New Starbucks Drink Blends Coffee, Beer (Video)

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Starbucks has come up with a startling new innovation, and it’s called the Espresso Cloud IPA (video below).

That’s right, Starbucks has introduced its very first cocktail. Grubstreet reports that the drink was inspired by the Shakerato, and combines espresso with IPA beer to create a new and tasty experience.

The espresso is shaken over ice with orange pieces and just a touch of vanilla. The foam from that is then layered on top of the IPA, which is served to the guest with the cold-shaken shot of espresso on the side. Shaking the espresso with the orange and vanilla flavors first gives it a cloud of foam, and then pouring the espresso shot over the beer adds to the foam and gives the beer a cloud of color, producing the “cloud” referred to in the drink’s name.

According to 1912 Pike, Starbucks’ own Coffee Master Justin Burns-Beach was the creator behind this fun new evening drink. He was a barista in Pheonix for eight years before moving to Seattle and working at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room, where he came up with this drink invention.

I’m sure he’s right when he terms it “a truly interactive and unique beverage experience.” It looks both fun and delicious all at once. I’m sure those citrus and vanilla notes really add a new depth to the taste of both the IPA and the espresso. And if it wasn’t fun enough, getting to throw it together yourself definitely helps to make it your own.

The Espresso Cloud IPA is currently available in any of the “Starbucks evenings” locations, along with most of the rest of their evening specials you’ve come to know and love. Who knows? This Espresso Cloud IPA might just be the new signature Starbucks drink, replacing the PSL that has become known as the Starbucks signature fall beverage. I don’t see McDonald’s or Dunkin Donuts trying to copy this one anytime soon.

Check out this video where Burns-Beach goes over how to make the drink and how he came up with it:

Sources: Grubstreet, Starbucks 1912 Pike / Photo credit: Starbucks 1912 Pike

Tags: espresso, IPA Beer, New Starbucks Drink, Starbucks
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Treat Yo Self: Affogato-Style Frappuccinos Are Now Available At Starbucks

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Picture yourself in the summer — in Italy — finishing up a fresh, light dinner with the sun still out but slowly sinking. To cap off the meal, and give yourself that extra boost of energy to continue your night, you do as the Italians do: order a gelato affogato (a scoop of creamy gelato drowned in an espresso shot).

Sound good? Starbucks seems to think so — and the coffee giant wants to bring the affogato experience stateside and up, because starting July 7, customers at Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada will be able to order Affogato-style Frappuccinos.

“We start with a shot of our smooth signature Espresso Roast known for its rich flavor and caramelly sweetness,” said Ryan Coombes from the Starbucks beverage development team. “When you pour the espresso over the Frappuccino, it creates a beautiful marbling finish.”

Apparently, when the barista pours the shot of espresso over the finished frap, the hot espresso combines with the cool base, creating creamy, sweet pockets of coffee throughout the beverage.

The Affogato-style Frappuccinos are available in three classic flavors: Vanilla Bean, Caramel, and Mocha, although the press release reminds us all that technically, any frappuccino can be affogato’d — you just have to ask.

Check out the photos of your new summer indulgence below:

Vanilla Bean

Caramel

Mocha

Source: Starbucks / Photo credits: Starbucks, Starbucks Coffee/Instagram

Tags: affogato, espresso, frappuccino, gelato, Starbucks
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