Mocha is what I can proudly refer to as good-quality coffee. This special bean is derived from the species of coffee Arabica. I know most mocha lovers are attracted by the blend of coffee and chocolate, but did you know that there are so much more mocha alternatives on the Starbucks menu? If you have been stuck with just one type of mocha, I have written this post to rescue you. Here, you are going to learn about the various mocha Starbucks alternatives on the menu. Enjoy!
5 Starbucks Mocha Alternatives
Whether you are looking for a hot day drink or an iced summer vibe, Starbucks has just the right mocha option for you. There is the white chocolate mocha, Caffe mocha, peppermint mocha, black and white mocha, and salted caramel mocha.
These are the best mocha flavors you will ever get. By the end of this post, I can guarantee that you will be spoilt of mocha choices, so let’s get down to the details.
White mocha Latte
This drink comes in four sizes; Short, Tall, Grande, and venti. The short size is 8 fluid ounces, the tall size is 12 fluid ounces, Grande is 16 fluid ounces, and Venti is 20 fluid ounces. All these names are Italian, so don’t be perplexed. At first, the drink starts as a latte, but more ingredients are added to add that decadent and delicious taste.
The barista adds shots of espresso to steamed milk and adds the sweet chocolate mocha sauce to bring the distinction. The drink is then topped up with whip cream. I love the Starbucks sweet chocolate sauce, it tastes like sweetened condensed milk. It doesn’t stop at that, you can order the iced white chocolate mocha. This version comes with ice for that cooling effect. Remember, the whip cream topping is optional.
This is a holiday Starbucks special. It is made with steamed milk, espresso, peppermint syrup, mocha sauce, chocolate curls, and whip cream toppings. You might wonder what you will be tasting more between coffee and chocolate. Well, the Starbucks peppermint mocha is more inclined to the chocolate flavor, and a hint of coffee. Imagine the spicy mint combined with a dash of the bittersweet mocha sauce and a whip cream topping.
Let this drink be on your list of holiday specials in the fall and winter seasons. This flavor has been on every holiday menu for the last 19 years! Starbucks must be doing something right in this one. You might wonder why you must be made to wait for it for months. The reason is simple; some things are reserved for special times and occasions. It’s like Santa Claus, you cannot see people dressed in Santa clothing in the summer. Some things just usher in the mood of a specific season. I love the holidays and everything that comes with it, a love that is most inspired by the food and drinks.
Black and White Mocha
As the name suggests, this drink is a swirl of white chocolate mocha and dark mocha sauces. This combo is topped with shots of hot espresso and steamed milk and whip cream and chocolate sequins toppings for your unforgettable decadent taste. This sweet drink first hit the Starbucks menu on the New Year’s Eve of 2017. It has been featured on every holiday menu ever since.
If you want a cool black and white mocha Frappuccino, the barista will blend everything we have listed above with ice. This drink is just next level; you’ll wish that you knew it before. Chocolate has high caloric content, but you cannot rule out its antioxidant nature. Let the black and white Starbucks mocha make the top of your holiday drinks list.
Salted Caramel Mocha
This combo of sea salt whip cream and caramel flavors meets in one mug to give your mouth a treat of its life. Starbucks makes its salted caramel mocha with toffee nut syrup, mocha sauce, coffee, and steamed milk. This mixture is then topped with whip cream and caramel drizzle. Sea salt and turbinado sugar are blended and added to this self-indulgent drink.
The end taste is a dreamy combo that leaves you yearning for more. In this drink, you will get a decent 13 grams of proteins, 370mg of sodium, and 470 calories if you order a Grande. If you would like to reduce the calories, order a short or tall size. Sea salt is minimally processed, making it rich in calcium, potassium, and iron. The health benefits of sea salt are a topic for another day. If you were still in doubt about this mocha drink, I’m sure it is all gone.
Lastly, we look at the most common mocha, the Caffe mocha. This drink is served either hot or iced. The key ingredients are espresso, mocha syrup, milk, and whipped cream. The good news is that this drink is versatile and easily customized. For instance, you can opt for non-dairy milk options and skip the whipped cream for that vegan drink.
It can be a little bittersweet to our beloved sweet-toothed people, but this is easily fixed with vanilla syrup. The iced mocha has ice added to it. This is for those people who like to keep their ingredients simple and to the point. If you aren’t the fancy type, this is your ideal drink at Starbucks.
As we have seen, mocha comes in all sorts of variations. You can opt to keep it simple or twist things up a little bit. Whatever you choose, Starbucks is at your service offering as many alternatives as possible. The best part is that you can customize these drinks to your taste. I’m sure I’ll be grabbing cup after cup of the peppermint mocha and the black and white mocha during the next holiday season.