You can enjoy Starbucks chocolate smoothies any time of the year if you want to. Read on to find out all there is to know about the drink and how you can make it at home.
I love smoothies. That thick, creamy, fruity taste always gets me every time. So whenever I get the chance I hop on the opportunity to enjoy a fresh and cold one. But chocolates, nothing can surpass my love for chocolates, not even the smoothies. Honestly, if I had a few coins in my pocket and had to choose between chocolate and smoothies, I would gladly wave goodbye to the smoothies and get myself chocolate. So imagine my excitement when I found out Starbucks had a chocolate smoothie.
I loved it! My very first sip of the chocolate smoothie got my heart bubbling with excitement and I knew I had to make a copycat smoothie and have every detail of it at my fingertips. So I went on a mission to come up with a befitting recipe for this amazing smoothie. In my quest, I found out about the smoothie that I’m going to share with you. But first, let’s start with some important fan facts about the Starbucks chocolate smoothie.
Brief History of the Drink
I have a wild imagination and it doesn’t just come from nowhere. When I take a sip of any drink I want to picture myself at the destination the drink is supposed to take me. If it’s wine, maybe a grape field would do. For a smoothie, however, I’d want to feel the inspiration behind the drink. To achieve this, I have to know the history behind the drink. So I did some research and this is what I found out.
Back in 2015 Starbucks partnered with Dannon and Evolution Fresh to release a line of smoothies. As you may know Dannon and Evolution Fresh mostly use fresh fruits to make their products, unlike Starbucks. This partnership was aimed at making smoothies that had fewer ingredients and were natural. As it is Starbucks customers found this a major step up from the normal Starbucks drinks and the smoothies sold out remarkably.
After a few years, however, Starbucks discontinued the smoothies but they had taken a permanent place in people’s hearts. The smoothies still live on. The chocolate smoothie most especially still stands out for the way it signified the union of the two companies. The fresh fruits from Dannon and Evolution Fresh are fused with the well-known Starbucks Mocha syrup.
Is Starbucks chocolate smoothie still available at Starbucks?
Unfortunately, the chocolate smoothie was dropped off Starbucks menu boards. The smoothies were replaced with Frappuccino which became more popular than the smoothies. Starbucks has however started to include smoothies on its menu again but we still miss the original smoothies. The good thing though is that we have the recipe. So it might not be on the Starbucks menu but we can certainly have it on our home menu.
Starbucks chocolate smoothie (Ingredients, Taste, Variations, Sizes, Caffeine, Calories, Dairy Content)
- What is in a Starbucks chocolate smoothie – (Ingredients)
A simple drink goes a long. One, cause it is easy to make and two, because it doesn’t have a long list of ingredients. One such drink is Starbucks chocolate smoothie. The ingredients are just as simple as the name. They include Greek yogurt, banana, chocolate protein powder, almond milk, and honey. Now let’s look at each ingredient individually.
- Greek Yogurt: It is a strained yogurt which means it has more protein and less sugar. It provides several other nutrients including vitamins and selenium. It is also a great addition of calcium to your drink.
- Banana: this is a very important part of the drink. You should have a ripe and healthy banana if you want your smoothie to turn out good. They are a great addition of magnesium, potassium, and vitamins to your smoothie.
- Chocolate protein powder: you can get this by mixing chocolate powder and protein powder. Protein powder just like the name says is a good addition of protein to your smoothie. It makes the smoothie have a more satisfactory touch.
- Almond milk: this plant milk has the watery texture and the nutty flavor that your smoothie needs. It is rich in vitamin E which helps lower your risk of getting ill.
- Honey: use honey as a sweetener for your smoothie. Some people may prefer agave but honey is a much better and healthier option.
- Starbucks chocolate smoothie: Sizes, Nutrition, Caffeine, Dairy Content, and Calories
What sizes are available
Starbucks chocolate smoothie is only available in one size which is the grande size. This is unlike the other Starbucks drinks that are available in four different sizes. That does not however mean that it isn’t as good as the other drinks. When making the smoothie at home you don’t have to worry about the size. All you do is make as much as you want and drink it bits while keeping the rest under refrigeration.
Starbucks has got people talking for a long. The conversation has always been a debate on whether Starbucks is healthy or not. Some people insist that the drinks are unhealthy while others say they are healthy. I agree with both sides. I think it is a matter of perception and your dietary needs. You would not expect a person who has diabetes or who is keeping a check on their sugar intake to find Starbucks healthy. They will conclude that it is unhealthy. Those whose dietary requirements are met by the drinks will say the drinks are very healthy. So I’m going to share with you some nutritional facts about Starbucks chocolate smoothies so that you can make your judgment. Before I start, note that these facts are based on the grande cup size of the smoothie.
The Starbucks chocolate smoothie has 320 calories in a grande serving. This is against the 2000 calories normal nutrition advice. These calories are majorly from fat and carbohydrates. Some of it is also contributed by the proteins in the smoothie. There is also 5g of total fat. Saturated fat is 3g and there is no trans-fat. This makes up 15% of the daily value while the total fat makes about 6%. There is 12mg of cholesterol which is 55% of the daily value and 170 mg of sodium which is 6% of daily value.
Total carbohydrate in the smoothie contributes up to 19% of daily intake with dietary fiber (8g) and sugars (35g) contributing 30% of the daily intake value.
All things considered: if these nutritional facts coincide with your dietary requirements then it is safe to say that the smoothie is good for you. However, if they don’t then maybe you can consider another healthier option or you could reduce the frequency of your intake. You can also customize the drink by making it more suitable for you. All in all, I believe that no drink is unhealthy otherwise it would not be on sale.
The nutritional facts above have been summarized in the table below:
(per grande serving)
|% of daily value|
|Total Fat (5g)
Saturated fat (3g)
Trans fat (0g)
|Total carbohydrate (53g)
Dietary fiber (8g)
Starbucks is popularly known for its caffeinated drinks. However, its chocolate smoothie does not have that much caffeine. The caffeine in the smoothie is brought about by the mocha syrup. You can however make it caffeine-free by substituting the syrup with a mixture of cocoa powder, Greek yogurt, and honey. This makes the smoothie all the more interesting since you can switch between a caffeinated one and one that is not. I prefer a caffeinated chocolate smoothie. It makes the experience interesting since I can enjoy the three things I like in one cup; chocolate, smoothie, and coffee.
To make a Starbucks chocolate smoothie ½ cup of almond milk is used. Some people however prefer to use soy milk as an equally good substitute. The brand of milk used by Starbucks to make the smoothies differs from one store to another. Almond milk is a good option since it does not contain lactose. This means that even lactose-intolerant people can enjoy the smoothie without any worry.
- So, what does Starbucks chocolate smoothie taste like?
One sip of the smoothie hits you with this buttery taste that lingers on then you start to taste the chocolate as the drink gets smooth. Plus the combination of the rich banana taste and buttery mocha syrup creates a very unique taste since you feel the synchrony between the flavors. In brief, I would say Starbucks chocolate smoothie tastes heavenly.
- Ways to customize a Starbucks chocolate smoothie at Starbucks – Starbucks chocolate smoothie variations
Starbucks always allows you to customize your drink in any way you want. For a chocolate smoothie, you can choose your preferred type of milk and the type of sweetener you want in your smoothie. This way you get to enjoy the same smoothie in several different ways.
How to make Starbucks chocolate smoothie at home – Starbucks chocolate smoothie recipe
Equipment needed to make Starbucks chocolate smoothie at home
- Measuring cup and spoons
- Chopping board
Ingredients needed to make Starbucks chocolate smoothie at home
- 170g Greek yogurt
- 1 healthy banana
- 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
How to make Starbucks chocolate smoothie – recipe
- Put all the ingredients in the blender. You should chop the banana into pieces if it cannot fit into the blender whole
- Blend until smooth
- Serve your ready chocolate smoothie and enjoy!
- You can substitute the blender with a food processor but a blender works better and make your work much easier
- I prefer using frozen banana since it gives a thicker consistency
- Instead of almond milk, you can use soy milk
- Use mocha syrup if you want a caffeinated chocolate smoothie
How to order chocolate smoothie at Starbucks
You can order at a Starbucks store by telling the barista the name of the drink and how you would like it. You can also get it online through the Starbucks app.
Is the Starbucks chocolate smoothie good?
Yes, it is. You can be sure that the Starbucks chocolate smoothie won’t disappoint because it has an amazing taste
How much is the Starbucks chocolate smoothie?
The smoothie is sold for $3.39 for a grande sizing.