“ Brand: Starbucks „
I'm a HUGE Starbucks fan, and I do spend an awful lot in there. I do also try and replicate the drinks at home, because as much as I love Starbucks drinks, I do think that they are overpriced. I quite often buy these Starbucks Discoveries Chocolate Mocha pots if I see them on offer in the supermarket. These are quite small pots, at just 220ml, but I guess that the price does reflect this, they vary between £1.00 - £1.50 depending upon the supermarket and any special offers on at the time.
These are basically just a Starbucks cold chocolate mocha drink, and they say that they are made with Starbucks fairtrade certified espresso roast just like the drinks in the stores. The chocolate mocha is a blend of premium chocolate, bold espresso roast coffee and milk. They do say that they are ultra heat treated which to me is uht milk, I hate uht milk but these do not taste of uht milk at all, so I guess that they are not. You do have to keep these little cartons refrigerated so I guess that they must contain fresh milk. The carton states that they contain semi skimmed milk.
If you want to just have these as a cold chocolate mocha drink to go, then just give the carton a good shake and then use the little straw which it comes with to puncture the foil on the top of the carton and it's ready to drink. They are not too bad as a cold chocolate mocha drink, but personally I find them a little bit too rich and creamy tasting like this. I much prefer to take them home and then pour the carton of chocolate mocha over a glass full of ice, adding about another 100ml of ice cold skimmed milk as well, effectively making an iced chocolate mocha. This way you get a much bigger drink, and I find that they taste much better when diluted with the addition of some ice cold skimmed milk - much less rich and creamy. To be honest when I've diluted these over lots of ice, and added the extra skimmed milk then I think that they taste just like an iced skinny chocolate mocha that you'd actually buy from Starbucks itself.
I also occasionally make these into home made chocolate mocha frappuccinos. To do this I pour the pot of cold chocolate mocha into my blender, along with about another 100ml of skimmed milk, then I add double the quantity of liquid in ice into the blender. Then I blend until the mixture resembles the consistency of a frappuccino. Pour the icey, slushy mix into a glass, top with a generous squirt of whipped cream and a generous drizzle of chocolate syrup, insert a straw, and voila, a homemade chocolate mocha frappuccino. Delicious and a fraction of the price of going to Starbucks and buying yourself one.
There are three different flavoured pots in the Starbucks Discoveries range; this one the Chocolate Mocha, a Caramel Macchiato, and a regular latte. The Chocolate Mocha is definitely my favourite flavour of the three. It's very rich and chocolatey, but not too rich that it's sickly - especially if you add the extra skimmed milk as I do. It doesn't have a sweet chocolate taste, it has a rich chocolate taste, and it tastes like an indulgent treat. I would say that the chocolate taste does overpower the coffee taste somewhat, but I'm a massive chocolate fiend so that's not a problem for me. However if you only wanted a hint of a chocolate taste then these probably wouldn't be for you.
I love coffee and I particularly love Starbucks coffee so when my mate treated us to a couple of these the other night as a bit of a treat I was really impressed and a wee bit delighted at seeing these! I didn't know up to the point I had mine put in front of me that Starbucks did ready to buy drinks..... and pleased I was!
Dark brown tallish paper cup that has a white plastic lid covering the whole thing that has a small hole in it and under that there is a foil covering with some information written on it. On the front of the cup I'm told that it is Discovery Starbucks Coffee (in green and white with the usual emblem on it) and that it is Aztlan Mocha Latte Chocolate Flavour 'Where Aztecs First Cherished Cacao' and there is a scenic picture on there. On the back of the cup other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, nutritional information is listed as are the ingredients and size and contact details for Arla foods are given (the manufacturer of the product).
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Cup:
Made with Starbucks Expresso Roast, just like the beverages in our stores. Aztlan Mocha Latte combines expresso and milk with the flavour of rich chocolate.
Cacao was believed to impart wisdom and power in Aztlan, the mythical birthplace of the Aztecs. In homage we combined delectable chocolate flavour with our signature Expresso Roast.
The Drink Itself:
Well the drink comes with a clear plastic straw and you simply pop that through the hole to the top of it. Simple and great for on the go drinking and I found it to be safe and secure.
The drink itself is dark and smells strongly of coffee. Made up with semi-skimmed milk, arabica coffee, sugar and cacoa powder this is absolutely delicious and to the usual standard of Starbucks I'm happy to report!
This contains a very high content of coffee (47mg/100ml) and is actually exciting energy drink fans everywhere which is a reason I couldn't wait to try it, cos I'm one of them!
This is simply a rich, smooth coffee with a light velvety chocolate flavour and fragrance. It is naturally sweet and remember cos of it's sealed foil lid and it being designed for on the go drinking and drinking cold (all you do is shake this before piercing it with a straw) you can't really add sugar to this but you shouldn't feel the need to.
It's really, really tasty and not one bit bitter, it's well blended and smooth and really exceptional on it's wonderful coffee flavour that isn't over powered but complimented by chocolate. Yum! Starbucks well done on this!
Nutritional Information Per 100ml:
Energy: 60 Kcal
Available in all goos supermarkets priced at about £1.49 per cup.
Brand: Starbucks / Type: Coffee