Starbucks has just recently launched four flavors of hot chocolate, available in grocery stores only. I've never seen this packaging/ product available in the retail stores, so it appears to be a grocery store only item. (Someone please correct me if I am wrong!) The four flavors are as follows:
- Salted Caramel
- Toasted Marshmallow
- Double Chocolate
I definitely like hot chocolate during the colder fall and winter months, and this seems like a great seasonal idea! I grabbed a box of the Toasted Marshmallow flavor to try at home. I think the packaging is a little plain though! I'm not sure I like seeing that much solid white on the box. The image on the Peppermint Hot Chocolate flavor appears to be the Peppermint bark which is sometimes available as a seasonal treat at Starbucks. I have a photo of it in this old December 2010 blog article. Notice that it was not in the pastry case, but rather packaged in a green box. I decided not to buy all four boxes at once, but I plan on eventually trying all the flavors, and Peppermint might be next.
Each package makes 8 ounces, and the instructions simply are to add hot milk, and stir.
So here's my review of the Toasted Marshmallow flavor:
First off, there are not enough marshmallows in it! This is not going to be an "A" or 5-star review! The flavor is very good, but I was disappointed to realize that there was like one or two marshmallows in my cup. I used a big 16 ounce cup, so I only filled it about half full of hot milk. Of course, this is super easy to make.
Here's what it looks like mixed. I think it would have looked much more appealing if I had used the right size cup. Sorry about that!
There you have it! It was very chocolately and flavorful. I would give 3 and a half stars out of five. Not enough marshmallows! But the chocolate flavor is very rich and delicious. I can't wait to try some of the other flavors. I have a feeling the peppermint is going to be the best!
Have you tried these? What do you think? - This is an open thread.