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19 Best Starbucks Chocolate Drinks to Try

Starbucks is known for its superb coffee, but they have a lot more to offer people, especially chocolate lovers. Many people know about their hot chocolate, but they have over a dozen unique chocolate drinks that will wow your tastebuds and sate your sweet tooth.

We rounded up the most popular Starbucks drinks that are perfect for all the chocolate lovers out there, and some will also satisfy the coffee lovers! Whether you want a sweet chocolatey pick-me-up or just a decadent drink, you’ll find it on this list.

Java Chip Frappuccino

The Java Chip Frappuccino is one of the most popular Starbucks chocolate drinks, as it combines the sweet decadent flavor of chocolate with the bitter but cozy flavor of coffee and java chips. It’s a creamy blended beverage with a rich mocha sauce and mocha drizzle on top. It comes with a generous topping of luscious vanilla whipped cream and the drink has a delightful texture, thanks to the Frappuccino chips! When ordering one at Starbucks, you’ll be given the option to add espresso shots, which makes it the perfect drink for any coffee addict looking for something sweet.


Caffé Mocha

A Caffé Mocha is Starbucks’ take on a classic coffee drink. This simple beverage includes the Starbucks signature espresso shots, steamed milk, milk foam, and a yummy mocha sauce. Starbucks usually makes the drink with 2% milk instead of whole milk, creating a lighter and more balanced flavor that doesn’t have a potent dairy flavor. It’s a classic coffee beverage that is essentially a latte with chocolate sauce. Many of the other Starbucks chocolate drinks on this list are supremely sweet and dessert-like, but a Caffé Mocha is an understated and refined chocolate drink, so you can enjoy the chocolate flavor without being overwhelmed by it.


Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso

For some reason, shaken drinks are just on another level of deliciousness. And this drink offers a lovely combination of chocolate and coffee shaken vigorously together. The Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso features Starbucks’ high-quality blonde espresso, sweet almond milk, and a flavorful chocolate malt powder. The blonde roast is slightly lighter than their other espresso options. It pairs well with the chocolate malt powder, with a sweet and slightly nutty taste. Speaking of nutty, almond milk is the perfect base for these other flavors as it creates a deep and luxurious taste. As mentioned, these ingredients aren’t piled on top of one another, they’re shaken together, blending the flavor beautifully and thoroughly.


Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Frappuccino

Starbucks has a fruity and refreshing strawberry Frappuccino, but you can also order the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappuccino if you know what to ask for! This chocolate drink is part of the Starbucks secret menu, so it’s extra special. The base is the classic Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino, but this special recipe also features java chips and a generous mocha drizzle. The drink uses a thick strawberry puree and whole milk for that creamy, fruity flavor. But the java chips add an extra crunch and indulgence, delivering a hint of the coffee flavor with a bold chocolate taste. And the mocha drizzle on top takes it to the next level. Amazingly, the drink tastes just like a chocolate-covered strawberry!

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Mocha Frappuccino

The Mocha Frappuccino is another Starbucks classic that people adore. It uses Starbucks’s delicious Frappuccino roast coffee sauce, which is decadent and smooth. Mixed with mocha sauce and whole milk, the flavor of this drink is super bold and sweet with the robust coffee flavor you know and love. Unlike some of the other Starbucks chocolate drinks, this beverage puts coffee first and foremost and the chocolate is a secondary flavor, but not by much. It’s the ideal sweet treat for all coffee lovers who also want a little cocoa. You can always add a hot espresso shot on the top to amp up the coffee flavor.


Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino

As the name of this drink implies, it’s super-duper chocolatey. The Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino is all about chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, from the drink to the added chips to the yummy drizzle on top. It’s a luxurious and heavy drink that will fix your chocolate craving instantly. It comes with the mocha sauce found in most of these chocolate drinks, along with chocolate chips and whole milk, making it easily one of the chocolatiest drinks on our list. It’s topped with luscious vanilla whipped cream and thick mocha drizzle, so the drink is delicious from top to bottom!


Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino

The Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino is on the official Starbucks menu, but it’s one of the newer Frappuccino options, so you may not have heard of it yet! It’s very similar to the classic Mocha Frappuccino, but it also has cookie crumbles on top for an extra crunch and chocolatey taste. It tastes like a coffee-flavored Oreo cookie and has the same creamy flavor and mouth-watering chocolate taste. The vanilla whipped cream ties the whole drink together, adding a light but warm vanilla flavor you expect from an Oreo cookie!


Iced Caffè Mocha

The Iced Caffè Mocha is almost the same as the Caffè Mocha mentioned above, but this one is ice cold and refreshing. Like the original, it’s made with 2% milk for a lighter flavor and has bold mocha sauce and delicious espresso shots. If you love the Hot Caffè Mocha, you’ll love the iced version just as much, with its daring and sweet flavor profile. This Starbucks chocolate drink is more subtle and coffee-forward than other drinks, as the coffee is the main flavor, and the mocha sauce follows closely behind.


Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino

We talked about the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino above, but the Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino is a little different. This recipe ditches the Frappuccino coffee roast base, making the final beverage taste more chocolatey and less like a cup of coffee. It still has a subtle coffee flavor thanks to the mocha sauce, but the chocolate is the star of the show here. This unique drink takes a different construction approach, as the whipped cream and mocha sauce goes on the bottom instead of the top, so you can plunge your straw to the bottom and slurp up some vanilla whipped cream.

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White Chocolate Mocha

The White Chocolate Mocha drink is a sensational beverage if you’re partial to white chocolate. This drink is the same as the Caffé Mocha, except it uses white chocolate mocha syrup in place of dark mocha syrup. White chocolate has a more buttery, creamy flavor compared to traditional chocolate, offering a smoother, silkier drink. It has a soft and milky flavor that tastes luscious but still delivers that quintessential chocolate flavor. If you think some mocha drinks can be too bitter, this beverage is perfect for you.


Hot Chocolate

The Starbucks Hot Chocolate is easily one of their most popular chocolate beverages. It’s a decadent and luxurious drink that will warm your soul, making it perfect for cold wintery days. Starbucks makes its Hot Chocolate with mocha sauce, so it does have a slight coffee flavor that adds richness and complexity to the drink. It’s a lovely treat for kids and adults alike, especially on cold winter days when you want something cozy and comforting. It comes with the sensational Starbucks whip cream that is always extra thick and sweet, making this an excellent chocolate drink for everyone.


Chocolate Cream Cold Brew

The Chocolate Cream Cold Brew beautifully combines chocolate, coffee, and vanilla flavors for a robust and tasty drink that you’ll want over and over again. Despite the complex and superb flavor profile, the drink is pretty simple! The base is the Starbucks cold brew mixed with vanilla syrup that creates a lovely balance between bitter and warm flavors. The cold brew is served over ice and topped with a luscious, silky chocolate cream cold foam, so every sip of cold brew comes through a layer of chocolatey foam. Like the Caffé Mocha, this drink is a wonderful option for someone who wants a classic coffee drink with a hint of sweetness and chocolate.


White Hot Chocolate

Another cozy and warm beverage, the White Hot Chocolate from Starbucks is as creamy and silky as they come. It replaces the dark mocha syrup with a luscious white chocolate mocha syrup, creating a lighter but equally decadent hot chocolate that will put a smile on your face. Some people want the best of both worlds, so you can order this drink with half mocha and half white chocolate mocha syrup so you can enjoy the bitter, rich mocha taste and the silky, luxurious white chocolate flavor. Either way, you’ll get a piping hot cup of milky, chocolatey goodness that will send you to the moon.


Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cold Brew

If you love ordering off the Starbucks secret menu, we’ve got a good one for you. The Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cold Brew is similar to the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappuccino but has a more coffee-forward flavor and lighter taste. To order it, just ask for a cold brew with mocha syrup and white chocolate syrup. So far, so delicious, but the best part is the cold foam! It’s the classic old foam mixed with a dash of strawberry puree for a sweet and fruity topping. Finally, top it with mocha cookie crumbles for extra crunch and chocolatiness.

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Chocolate Mousse Macchiato

Another fun secret menu item is the Chocolate Mousse Macchiato. The base of this tasty chocolate drink is a Caramel Frappuccino, so it has a rich and warm taste. But it only gets more indulgent from here. To create the drink, ask for the white mocha sauce instead of vanilla syrup and substitute the caramel drizzle for the mocha drizzle. The substitutions create a softer and more luscious flavor than the Caramel Frappuccino but still has a sweet and salty taste. To finish it off, spray a hefty dollop of vanilla whipped cream and sprinkle mocha cookie crumbles on top, and you’ll be in chocolate mousse heaven.


Iced White Chocolate Mocha

The Iced White Chocolate Mocha is a drink that uses white chocolate syrup and classic mocha syrup. With this drink, you get to have the bitter and bold taste of mocha with the silky and soft flavor of white chocolate. Unlike the traditional white mocha, this drink will be a rich brown color but will have a lighter flavor than the classic cafe mocha beverage. It’s a delicious blend of the two best kinds of chocolate accented by the robust flavor of Starbucks coffee! Technically, this isn’t on the Starbucks menu but is super easy to order at any Starbucks.


Peppermint Hot Chocolate

We’ve talked about traditional hot chocolate and white hot chocolate you can get at Starbucks, but there’s one more we have to mention! Mint and chocolate are a fabulous combination, but peppermint and chocolate are an even better marriage. With mocha sauce and peppermint syrup, this beverage is extra sweet and flavorful, capturing the festive spirit of the holiday season. But you don’t have to wait for December to enjoy the Peppermint Hot Chocolate, as Starbucks has made it a permanent menu item you can get in the middle of July if you want!


Kit Kat Frappuccino

Like the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappuccino, this drink is also from the secret menu, so you have to know how to order it if you want it. The base of this drink is the milky and silky Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, giving it a warm vanilla flavor from the start. To turn this drink into a Kit Kat Frappuccino, you add java chips to the base and drizzle mocha syrup inside the cup for a fancy and fun appearance. To top it all off, add a generous squirt of vanilla whipped cream, an extra drizzle of chocolate sauce, and crunchy, chocolatey cookie crumbles!


Iced White Mocha

The Iced White Mocha is the same as the White Chocolate Mocha, but it’s served on ice for a lighter and more refreshing drink that’s perfect in the summertime. Unlike the white chocolate hot chocolate beverage, this drink does come with coffee, so it will have a brown color. The signature espresso roast blends deliciously with the satiny white chocolate mocha syrup and everything is poured over ice for a chilled flavor that showcases the flavors perfectly. To add more sweetness to this Chocolate drink, they top it with the classic vanilla whipped cream that brings another layer of yum to the beverage.

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

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