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Starbuck's fabulous Dark Cherry Mocha .... admit it... you want it.

rworange Mar 16, 2010 10:51 PM

Oh yes you do. Really. You want it.

While this is not saying much, it is the best drink Starbucks has ever made. It lis like a liquid chocolate covered cherry. I had two today. It is the chocolate shavings on top that make this drink. They forgot the shavings on the second drink so I went back. There's an iced version as well. I'll get that soon.


  1. Arthur Mar 17, 2010 11:46 AM

    What immediately jumps out from the link you posted above is that just one of these drinks has a whopping 45 PERCENT of the recommended daily allowance of saturated fat. Good lord!

    So the two beverages you consumed contained almost a full day's worth, or (as just one random example) more than the saturated fat content of three bacon-topped BK Quad Stackers at Burger King.

    Of course I want it.

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    1. re: Arthur
      rworange Mar 17, 2010 01:40 PM


      worth every crappy ingrediant and calorie

      1. re: Arthur
        Arthur Mar 19, 2010 02:03 PM

        Well, FWIW, its saturated fat content and overall nutritional statistics are a fraction of how onerous this linked item is: http://baskinrobbins.com/Nutrition/pr...

      2. Midlife Mar 17, 2010 02:13 PM

        How do you think it will stand up to MY favorite Java Chip Frappuccino?? That one has 60% of my daily saturated fat value. Guess I'm just gonna be saturated!

        1. jenwee Mar 18, 2010 12:52 PM

          I *almost* got one yesterday when I was there and now Im disappointed! Guess Ill go back later this week :) Maybe getting it with skim milk would make it a little less of a fat bomb? Or so I like to tell myself! :)

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          1. re: jenwee
            Ali Mar 19, 2010 01:51 PM

            It'll probably taste a little off without the creamy to balance all that bitter (dark chocolate & coffee). As with everything else, a drink every once in a while can't hurt, no? :)

          2. rworange Mar 20, 2010 07:11 AM

            I tried the iced version and it wasn't as good. Those chocolate shavings melting into the hot mocha make this drink. Either I didn't get enough cherry syrup or the heat accentuates the cherry flavor.

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            1. re: rworange
              Ali Mar 22, 2010 09:14 AM

              Interestingly, I actually prefer this drink iced. You're right that the cherry is accentuated by the heat, which is probably why I prefer it iced - I prefer the cherry much more subtle than in the hot drink.

            2. Midlife Apr 5, 2010 11:47 AM

              Tried one iced and it was a disappointment.

              I think my barista may have been in training but there was barely any cherry flavor. She was led through it by another barista, but he didn't really check the amounts of syrup,etc. she was putting in.

              My Java Chip Frapp is half the calories and way better IMHO. Should I try again?

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              1. re: Midlife
                rworange Apr 9, 2010 01:00 PM

                Yeah, but only hot. The iced is a disappointment. I turned a friend on to the hot cherry mocha drink and he would not listen and got the iced next. Same comments. Not much cherry flavor and not as good as the hot version

                1. re: rworange
                  Midlife Apr 9, 2010 01:29 PM

                  Thanks. I'll give it a try.

                  Looks like there are no Starbucks in Guatemala. They do get coffee beans from there though. :o)

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                jbsiegel Apr 9, 2010 05:52 PM

                Question - why is it the most expensive hot beverage they make? Is worth it?

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                1. re: jbsiegel
                  contemporaryscarlett Apr 12, 2010 12:25 PM

                  The cherry syrup and chocolate sprinkles are not featured in other drinks, so that's an immediate increase in inventory costs. And of course, those costs get passed on to you. :)

                  1. re: contemporaryscarlett
                    sarabean Apr 12, 2010 03:16 PM

                    when i'm already paying 4.50+ for a coffee i guess i'm over it... when they go past 6 i might lose it...my sister is a starbucks freak and she said the cherry mocha wasn't good, but i will try it iced cuz i'm sure she had it hot, i remember spinning around on my heels when she said the words "cough syrup"!
                    has anyone tried it with only 1 pump of the cherry syrup?

                    1. re: contemporaryscarlett
                      Midlife Apr 12, 2010 06:10 PM

                      I still think the barista-in-training who made my cold cherry mocha probably did it incorrectly. She used a little bit of Torani cherry syrup, but the drink had no chocolate sprinkles of any kind in it.

                      I still find variations in the way different locations make my Java Chip Frapp. Some put chocolate syrup on top of whatever amount of shipped cream I specify........... others don't.

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                    maryv Apr 21, 2010 02:48 PM

                    I was in my local Starbucks one morning when they were sampling these, and loved them. Then a few weeks later I bought one as a treat, and it was meh. Maybe the tiny sample size cup was just the right amount, and more was overkill? Or maybe it just goes better with the special taste of "free"!

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                      HastaLaPasta Apr 23, 2010 12:58 PM

                      Have had this twice now - the first time was really good. 2nd, different barista, different store, it just didn't do it for me. Haven't worked up the courage to try again yet.

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                      1. re: HastaLaPasta
                        sarabean Apr 23, 2010 04:15 PM

                        i agree , nothin special. first couple sips were ok, after that i just wanted my regular 2 pump mocha.

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