New Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolate Debuts: Intensifying the Chocolate Experience with Gourmet Flavors

Chocolate lovers and treat seekers, Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) will satisfy your sweet tooth with the introduction of Starbucks® Signature Hot Chocolates. Starbucks today unveiled three velvety beverages to enhance the in-store chocolate experience nationwide. Starbucks® Signature Hot Chocolates are European-inspired beverages that reinvent the drinkable chocolate category in the U.S.

Appealing to both sweet and savory desires with a delectable combination of ingredients, including a super-premium four-cocoa blend, Starbucks® Signature Hot Chocolate beverages are steamed fresh to order. Inspired by the latest culinary trends from around the world, these handcrafted beverages are available in flavors beyond the more traditional Hot Chocolate Signature flavor: Salted Caramel Signature Hot Chocolate and Hazelnut Signature Hot Chocolate.

"Given Starbucks coffee heritage of roasting some of the finest coffees in the world, it made perfect sense for us to bring the same level of excellence to create an innovative cocoa blend that delivers an unmatched chocolate flavor," said Rob Grady, vice president, Global Beverage at Starbucks. "Inspired by the cafes of Europe, artisan chocolatiers, and influenced by customer suggestions, we're excited to introduce new Starbucks® Signature Hot Chocolates as the perfect indulgence."

Designed to satisfy both your sweet and salty side, the Salted Caramel Signature Hot Chocolate is topped with buttery caramel and a flavorful sprinkling of Starbucks® premium sea salt topping that combines sea salt from France with Hawaiian Turbinado sugar, over a bed of whipped cream. Signature Hot Chocolate is made with Starbucks® exclusive cocoa blend, steamed non-fat milk and topped with whipped cream. Hazelnut Signature Hot Chocolate is a classic and creamy combination of chocolate and hazelnut flavor, topped with whipped cream. All Starbucks® Signature Hot Chocolate beverages can be customized with shots of espresso, syrup, on ice or with whipped cream.

While Starbucks® Signature Hot Chocolates are a welcomed, enhanced chocolate addition to the menu, customers can still enjoy the classic Hot Chocolate beverage that has always been a popular afternoon favorite and indulgent treat at Starbucks during the cooler months. All new beverages are available in Tall (12 fl oz), Grande (16 fl oz), and Venti (20 fl oz) sizes. To find the Starbucks store closest to you please visit the store locator on our website http://www.starbucks.com/storelocator.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality arabica coffee in the world. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com.

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