26 Starbucks Chocolate Drinks (Explained)


Whether you are looking for a plain dark or white chocolate drink or a fancy blend of chocolate, coffee, and other ingredients, Starbucks offers over two dozen refreshing options that range from hot to iced chocolate drinks as well as chocolate frappuccinos.

Starbucks also offers caffeinated and caffeine-free chocolate drinks.

In this post, we discuss 26 Starbucks chocolate drinks that will leave your taste buds craving for more.

Starbucks Hot Chocolate Drinks

1. Hot Chocolate

Starbucks hot chocolate combines vanilla syrup, bittersweet dark mocha sauce, and steamed milk. It is dolloped with sweetened whipped cream and drizzled with mocha sauce.

Starbucks uses two percent milk as the standard for most of its drinks with steamed milk but I find that breve (half and half) or whole milk considerably elevates the taste and texture of the hot chocolate.

A grande size of hot chocolate uses four pumps of mocha sauce and carries about 370 calories. It contains 25mg of caffeine.

2. White Hot Chocolate

Starbucks white hot chocolate drink is a superb choice for chocolate lovers who can not take caffeine as it has zero caffeine. Steamed milk mixes with white mocha sauce and the topping consists of sweet whipped cream. Like regular hot chocolate, white hot chocolate is sweetened with vanilla syrup.

A grande cup of Starbucks white hot chocolate has 440 calories and no caffeine.

Most baristas get confused when you order white hot chocolate as it is not on the main menu and end up serving a white chocolate mocha. Therefore, you may want to insist that you want white hot chocolate with no espresso when ordering.

If you find the drink too plain in terms of presentation, add some sprinkles such as cinnamon, chocolate shavings or simply ask for a drizzle of your choice.

3. Toasted White Chocolate Mocha

Starbucks toasted white chocolate mocha tastes like blonde chocolate with nuanced caramel and nutty flavors. Some people define the taste as akin to that of toasted marshmallows.

It’s like dessert in a cup with the delicious caramelized white chocolate sauce fusing with espresso and steamed milk and topped with whipped cream and holiday sugar sprinkles.

The toasted white mocha sauce is a regular white mocha sauce that has been carefully cooked to give it a new flavor profile and a milky-coffee hue. The caramelization process involves constantly stirring the sauce to prevent burning.

Therefore, the toasted white mocha sauce is different from the regular white mocha sauce. A side-by-side tasting experiment of the two sauces reveals that the white mocha sauce is slightly sweeter than the toasted version.

Toasted white chocolate mocha delivers 420 calories and 150mg of caffeine per grande cup.

4. Caffe Mocha

Caffe mocha is a straightforward fusion of espresso, mocha sauce, and steamed milk that is topped with whipped cream.

For a bigger bittersweet chocolate flavor, ask for a mocha drizzle over the whipped cream.

Caffe mocha has a delicious brownie butter smell but is a tad too bitter for most people. Adding one to two pumps of vanilla syrup softens its flavor. Alternatively, you may want to order a black and white mocha for a softer and smoother flavor.

5. White Mocha

White mocha tastes nothing like the bitter classic mocha. It also has no chocolatey flavors but the coffee is delicious. It is made similar to a classic mocha but uses white mocha sauce instead of the bittersweet dark mocha sauce.

Some people find the white mocha overly sweet and therefore you may want to either reduce the number of pumps of the white mocha sauce, leave out the sweet whipped cream, or substitute some of the white mocha sauce with mocha sauce.

6. Snickerdoodle Latte

Snickerdoodle latte is the answer to your craving for a spicy twist to your white mocha.

See the ultimate guide to snickerdoodle latte here.

7. Starbucks Snickerdoodle Hot Chocolate

Initially introduced as a holiday treat, the snickerdoodle hot chocolate uses ingredients that are available all year round. The drink is made with half pumps of white mocha sauce and half pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup in steamed milk and enriched with a topping of sweet whipped cream and cinnamon dolce dustings.

8. Starbucks Reserve® Dark Chocolate Mocha

When ordering at a Starbucks reserve store, go for the reserve dark chocolate mocha to experience the much sought-after single-origin coffee flavors. Unlike the other mochas, this drink is not topped with whipped cream so be sure to ask for the cream topping if you wish to have it.

Starbucks has specially trained reserve partners/baristas for their reserve stores. Although Starbucks advertises the reserve coffee beans as specially sourced single-origin beans, some people have pointed out that they are roasted to a darker roast than you would expect from specialty single-origin coffee beans.

A grande cup of Starbucks reserve dark chocolate mocha has 320 calories and 130mg of caffeine.

9. Peppermint Hot Chocolate

You get a lot of syrup in your cup when ordering a peppermint hot chocolate so you may want to go with either a grande or a tall cup to reduce the syrups.

Unlike the other syrups where we recommend swapping half the amount of one syrup or sauce with a different syrup, Starbucks uses the full number of mocha pumps for a particular size of cup and adds a similar number of pumps for the peppermint syrup. Vanilla syrup is also added to act as a carrier for the peppermint and to soften the bitter taste of mocha.

The number of pumps per syrup for the different cup sizes is as follows

  • 2/3/4/5 Mocha
  • 2/3/4/5 Peppermint
  • 1/1/1/2 Vanilla

This means that a short cup will have two pumps of mocha, two pumps of peppermint, and one pump of vanilla syrup respectively. A venti cup of peppermint hot chocolate will have a total of 12 pumps of syrup and sauce comprised of 5 mocha pumps, five pumps of peppermint, and two pumps of vanilla.

10. Raspberry Chiffon White Mocha

Raspberry chiffon white mocha presents an outlet to jazz up your white mocha by adding small amounts of raspberry, hazelnut, and sugar-free vanilla syrup.

Raspberry chiffon white mocha blends the standard pumps of white mocha and dashes of the other syrups with coffee and steamed milk and is dolloped with sweet whipped cream.

A grande cup packs 430 calories and 150mg of caffeine.

11. Peppermint Mocha

For a minty chocolatey flavor in your coffee order a peppermint mocha. Read more about the peppermint mocha here.

Cold Chocolate Drinks at Starbucks

12. Chocolate Mousse Macchiato

Nothing beats a chocolate mousse on Valentine’s Day. Ordering the decadent chocolate mousse macchiato is a superb way of adding those delectable chocolate mousse flavors to your coffee.

Starbucks chocolate mousse macchiato is an iced coffee drink made with espresso, breve, ice, mocha sauce, and topped with mocha cookie crumble and caramel drizzle.

Since it’s not a menu item and most baristas are unlikely to be familiar with the drink, when ordering a chocolate mousse macchiato, start by asking for iced caramel macchiato with half-and-half and replace vanilla syrup and caramel drizzle with mocha sauce and mocha drizzle respectively. Finally, ask for the drink to be sprinkled with chocolate cookie crumble topping.

13. Iced Raspberry Chiffon White Mocha

It is similar to the hot version only that this is served over ice. Iced raspberry chiffon white mocha combines the full pumps of white mocha sauce with dashes of vanilla, hazelnut, and raspberry syrups which fuse with espresso and cold milk. It is served over ice and topped with whipped cream.

You are unlikely to find both hot and iced raspberry chiffon white mocha at your regular store as the raspberry syrup is usually only available at Starbucks reinvention stores where they serve new to test how the market receives them.

14. Iced Caffe Mocha

Iced Caffe mocha is blends dark chocolate sauce with ice, vanilla syrup, espresso, and cold milk. The topping consists of whipped cream.

  • Iced peppermint mocha. For an indulgent iced mocha that brings back the festive mood, go with a iced peppermint mocha that fuses peppermint syrup, mocha sauce, ice, milk, and espresso and is topped with dark chocolate curls and sweet whipped cream.

15. Iced White Mocha

Starbucks offers the standard iced white chocolate mocha that combines white mocha sauce, ice, espresso, and milk, and a topping of sweetened whipped cream. It also offers two jazzed up iced white mocha options that are

  • Iced Peppermint White Mocha. Equal pumps of white mocha sauce and peppermint syrup combine with cold milk, espresso and ice to create a delightful treat that is topped with chocolate shavings and a dollop of sweet whipped cream.
  • Iced Toasted White Mocha. This drink is made with toasted white mocha sauce and is a perfect treat for the joyful festivities as it unleashes its distintictive caramely and nutty flavors. The festive topping of whipped cream and holiday sugar sparkles accentuates its appeal during the joyous moments.

16. Chocolate-covered Strawberry Cold Brew

This chocolate treat is one of the two Starbucks chocolate-covered strawberry drinks, the other one being the chocolate-covered strawberry Frappuccino.

The baristas at your local Starbucks store are unlikely to be familiar with this drink as it’s a secret menu item so you may want to get the recipe right when ordering to ensure you get the correct drink.

When ordering a chocolate-covered strawberry cold brew, ask for a cold brew with equal pumps of raspberry syrup and mocha or white mocha sauce. Top the drink with sweet cream cold foam that is combined with strawberry puree and sprinkle some chocolate curls or drizzle some mocha sauce.

If you relish an extra-sweet drink, ask for three pumps of raspberry syrup and three pumps of white mocha sauce for a Venti cup of chocolate-covered strawberry cold brew.

17. Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso

Starbucks iced chocolate almond milk shaken espresso is not up there in the list of the most popular drinks as it combines the bitter tastes of malt, espresso, and chocolate. You are unlikely to enjoy this drink if you do not like malt and espresso.

For malt lovers, the drink couldn’t be better! Chocolate malt powder, espresso, and ice are hand-shaken and topped with almond milk and extra ice.

You can swap almond milk with your choice of milk and add a sweetening syrup. Some people prefer adding brown sugar.

18. Starbucks Reserve Iced Dark Chocolate Mocha

Starbucks reserve iced dark chocolate mocha is espresso shots fused with ice and dark chocolate. Since reserve drinks use single-origin coffee beans and do not use whipped cream, this drink is different from the iced Caffe mocha that is served in regular stores.

Starbucks Chocolate Frappuccino Drinks

19. Peppermint Frappuccino

Since peppermint syrup pairs superbly with both dark and white chocolate mocha sauces, Starbucks offers four different peppermint frappuccinos:

  • Peppermint mocha frappuccino. A coffee frappuccino where coffee, peppermint syrup, mocha sauce, milk, ice and frap roast are blended together and topped with dark chocolate curls and whipped cream.
  • Peppermint white chocolate mocha frappuccino. Coffee, frap roast, milk, ice, and white mocha sauce are blended together and a topping of chocolate curls and whipped cream is added.
  • Peppermint mocha creme frappuccino. This is a non-coffee frappuccino that is made by blending a creme base, milk, ice, and dark mocha sauce before topping with whipped cream and chcolate shavings.
  • Pepermint white chocolate creme frappuccino. It has no coffee and the barista blends white chocolatemocha sauce, peppermint syrup, ice,milk and creme frappuccino base and tops the drink with sweetened whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

20. Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino

This is a creme (non-coffee) Frappuccino whose official name is double chocolaty chip creme frappuccino. It contains a creme frappuccino syrup, ice, frappuccino chocolate chips, milk, and mocha sauce which are blended together to make a decadent treat with minimal caffeine.

Its topping consists of mocha drizzle and vanilla whipped cream. A 16oz cup of the double chocolate chip frappuccino has 15mg of caffeine and 410 calories.

The coffee version of this drink is the java chip frappuccino that is explained below.

21. Java Chip Frappuccino

Starbucks chocolate drinks
Java chip frappuccino

Java chip frappuccino has ice, coffee frappuccino base, mocha sauce, coffee, java chips, and milk blended together and topped with whipped cream and drizzled with mocha sauce.

It is the coffee version of the double chocolate chip creme frappuccino. A 16oz cup of java chip frappuccino has 440 calories and 105mg of caffeine.

Java chip and double chocolate chip creme frappuccino are the base cookie crumble frappuccinos. For a more decadent cookie crumble frappuccino order either a mocha cookie frappuccino or a chocolate cookie creme frappuccino.

22. Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino

It’s a coffee frappuccino with sweet whipped cream and a generous amount of chewable java chips both at the base of the drink and as a topping. The top is also drizzled with caramel.

Milk, ice, mocha sauce, cookie crumble, and coffee and coffee frappuccino base are blended to make the drink. A grande size delivers 95mg of caffeine and 480 calories.

For a coffee-free version, order a chocolate cookie crumble creme frappuccino.

23. Chocolate Cookie Crumble Creme Frappuccino

This is an elevated double chocolaty chip frappuccino with a dollop of whip cream at the bottom and java chips at the bottom and top of the drink. It is also served with a chocolate drizzle at the top.

Expect about 460 calories and 15mg of caffeine when you order a grande size of chocolate cookie crumble creme frappuccino.

24. Toasted White Chocolate Frappuccino

Toasted white chocolate frappuccino is a delicious holiday frappuccino that is available as both a coffee and creme option and here is how each option is made.

  • Toasted white chocolate mocha frappuccino. Caramelized white mocha sauce, ice, espresso, coffee frappuccino syrup, and millk are blended together and topped with whipped cream, holiday sugars and white pearls.
  • Toasted white chocolate creme frappuccino. Caramelized white mocha sauce is blended with ice, creme base, and milk. It is topped with vanilla sweet cream, crispy white pearls, and holiday sugar sparkles.

25. Oreo Frappuccino

This is a secret menu item and here is how to create and order your own oreo frappuccino without antagonizing the baristas at Starbucks.

  • Ask for a double chocolaty chip frappuccino
  • Substitute the mocha sauce with white mocha sauce
  • Top with whipped cream, java chips, and mocha drizzle

25. Nutella Frappuccino

Although Starbucks does not use Nutella, you can mimic rich the taste of Nutella in your frappuccino by adding hazelnut and toffee nut syrups to a mocha frappuccino and adding chocolate curls topping to the default topping of mocha drizzle and whipped cream.

The best way to order this drink is by avoiding asking for a Nutella Frappuccino and instead ordering a Venti mocha frappuccino with additional 2-3 pumps of toffee nut and 3-4 pumps of hazelnut syrups and add chocolate curls to the standard topping.

26. Chocolate-covered Strawberry Frappuccino

This is a Valentine’s Day decadent delight that you can order any time of the year. The drink is made by blending java chips, mocha sauce, ice, milk, and strawberry puree together. The blend is poured into a cup that is splashed with strawberry puree and is topped with vanilla whipped cream and drizzled with sweet mocha sauce.

To order a chocolate-covered strawberry frappuccino, ask for a strawberry creme frappuccino that is blended with java chips and mocha sauce and add the mocha drizzle on top of the whipped cream.

You can add espresso shots to make it a coffee frappuccino.

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Patrick is first a coffee lover and then a trained barista. His bucket list includes sky diving and sipping on Java in the Himalayas.

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