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STARBUCKS Dark Cherry Mocha

A specialty Starbucks drink.

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Indulge in a Bit of Luxury

  • Mar 16, 2010

I first heard about the Starbucks Dark Cherry Mocha from a review written by @woopak_the_thrill. Since I would be going to Target today and I knew there was a Starbucks by their food court, I decided to indulge in a bit of luxury. I was extremely lucky because I tried two versions of this mocha: one made the traditional way with espresso and the other made as a hot chocolate with added flavoring. 

The two drinks were very different from each other. The espresso version was very "coffee" tasting with a hint of cherry. At some points it reminded me of dark chocolate covered espresso beans that you buy as a snack. It was a very rich and sweet drink despite the fact that dark chocolate usually tastes bitter (I blame the cherry syrup). The hot chocolate version was also rich and sweet, but it had a very strong taste of cherry flavoring which overpowered the hot chocolate. They both came with whip cream and dark chocolate shavings on top, which I ate first before trying the actual drink. Between the two, I enjoyed the original hot mocha the best. The person who was with me enjoyed the hot chocolate version more.

The question readers must be asking themselves is: How do we know which version of the drink to order? Well, it will depend on your mood and taste preferences. Both drinks are very sweet, thanks to the cherry syrup, so be prepared for a sugar overload. If you are not in the mood for a caffeine rush, then getting the hot chocolate version will be a wiser choice. Otherwise, I recommend choosing the drink based on the flavor you want to stand out more: dark chocolate or cherry.

Even if you are not a fan of either flavor, the drink is worth buying at least one time just for the experience of a new flavor of coffee. If you are a little nervous ordering outside your comfort zone, I recommend buying the smallest version of the drink before indulging in a larger size. There is always time for another visit to Starbucks later in the week if you find it to your liking.

The drink was what I expected it to be: very chocolaty. I actually expect more of a "cherry flavor," but the espresso overpowered it. That wasn't a problem for me because I am not a fan of cherries unless they are in their natural state (either fresh or dried fruit). Thus, I was pleasantly surprised and thought the drink was better than I expected. However, it's not something I would regularly order because it would give me a "chocolate overload." Still, I was very happy to try a Dark Cherry Mocha from Starbucks because the company is always creating new spins on traditional coffee drinks that are pure decadence! It was an indulgence in a bit of luxury, but it won't be a regular drink order. I prefer Starbucks Vanilla coffee drinks or their Blended Strawberry Lemonade.

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March 23, 2010
When I first read your topic I thought a trip to Starbucks might be in order. But after reflecting a bit...it doesn't sound as good. Even if they go light on the cherry as they did on yours.
March 23, 2010
Yeah, I can understand that feeling. This was something i enjoyed trying one time. I might try it again if they offer a sugar-free cherry syrup, but it will not replace my traditional coffee drinks I like to order.
March 22, 2010
Just caught this in the new and notables.  Sounds tasty!  I'm not a fan of super sweet drinks, so I'll try to see if they have sugar-free cherry syrup.  If not, well, I guess I can be bad once ;P  Thanks for sharing, Adrianna! :)
March 23, 2010
That's a great idea! I wonder why I didn't think to ask that. I know Starbucks has a variety of sugar free syrups, so it seems like they would have considered those customers who don't like super sweet drinks! I'll have to ask them about it the next time I go for a coffee. Thanks for reading and complimenting my review, Debbie! :-D
March 22, 2010
Tasty! I would probably go with the espresso if I had to pick one. But they both appear to be quite good. Great review. :-)
March 22, 2010
Ooo! Next time I'm in town you should go with me and my cousin for a coffee. She wants me to try a latte, and I'm going to convince her to try this one. :)
March 21, 2010
Thanks for the review. I just saw this a couple of days ago and couldn't decide whether to try it. I decided to play it safe that day. I think I may try a small size next time.
March 22, 2010
Thanks for the compliments on my review! If you do decide to try a small size, let me know what you think of the drink. :)
March 16, 2010
You're one of the few I know who can turn something so simple into an in-depth review! LOL I love it. I can't say I disagree with you since I had the drink at a store where they know my preferences and that they hold back on the 'sweetness'. Great review! Thanks for the shout out!
March 16, 2010
LOL! Thanks so much for reading this, William. I am neurotic when it comes to analyzing things about life, even the simple pleasures. I blame my teachers. ;) Glad you liked the review, and happy to send a shout out to the person who inspired me to write an un-planned review. ;)
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Starbucks Dark Cherry Mocha is an espresso with bittersweet mocha sauce, dark cherry flavored syrup, and steamed milk. It's topped with sweetened whip cream. 
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