Just in time for Valentine's Day, Starbucks released a trio of decadent chocolate drinks to celebrate the holiday. The drinks, which are all inspired by molten chocolate, come in the form of a hot chocolate, a latte, and a frappuccino.If you're wondering when you can get a Starbucks Molten Chocolate Latte, or the Hot Chocolate or Frappuccino, respectively, your time is limited! The drinks are only available from Monday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, Feb. 14, meaning Valentine's Day will be your last day to try these chocolatey delights. You likely don't want to miss out; so far, they've gotten rave reviews, especially from people who (no surprise) enjoy rich chocolate.
If you're looking for a caffeine fix, these drinks are also crowd pleasers: while the Molten Chocolate Latte has the most caffeine (averaging about 100 mg), the Molten Chocolate Frappuccino isn't far behind, with an average of 80 mg. Even the Molten Hot Chocolate has caffeine, with about 25 mg. Now that I have you hooked on trying one of the drinks, you might be wondering how much the Starbucks Valentine's drinks menu costs? While prices vary a bit based on location (cities are generally more expensive, for example) a 12-ounce Molten Chocolate Latte (otherwise known as a "tall," in Starbucks jargon) will run you an average of $4.25 to $4.45.
What to do if you're simply too far from a Starbucks to grab one of these love-inspired drinks? Luckily for you, there are a number of copy-cat recipes for the drinks you can make at home! Here are a few you can make at home, so you can still get your chocolate fix.
1. The DIY Molten Chocolate Frappuccino
This recipe is actually for the Mocha Frappuccino; however, try adding some melted chocolate chips to the bottom of the cup and a little more melted chocolate as a drizzle on top. The resulting treat will have a very similar vibe to the Starbucks Molten Chocolate Frapp.
2. The DIY Molten Chocolate Hot Chocolate
Take the recipe for the standard Starbucks hot chocolate seen here — then add sweet chocolate chips with bittersweet mocha sauce to your milk, and you'll be all set!
3. The DIY Molten Chocolate Latte
Start with the Peppermint Mocha Latte recipe seen here, but omit the peppermint. Then add some melted chocolate chips and you're good to go! Though, if you're looking for the mocha-espresso whipped cream to top your drinks, you might have to get a little creative — hacks for this are hard to find. You can always try making homemade whipped cream with a dash of mocha liqueer added... or you can just head to Starbucks for the original. Your call!
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