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Starbucks Pairs Up With Hershey's to Create New Line of Starbucks Chocolates

Does Coffee Dream of Electric Chocolate? New Starbucks Chocolate Reviewed

This summer a press release went out with limited fanfare. The folks at Hershey's were teaming up with Starbucks. At the time there was very little news available, other than an upcoming Starbucks-branded premium chocolate. The news piqued my interest, but there was no word on when the products would hit the shelves. Turns out it's today.

Using the expertise of Artisan Confection Company — a division of Hershey's that includes Scharffen Berger and Joseph Schmidt — Starbucks has created a line of products to sell in stores. There are three types of chocolate bars, tasting squares and filled truffles. Thanks to FabSugar — who hand-carried these samples back from New York — we were lucky enough to give them a try. If you want to learn more about each flavor, as well as what we thought of them,

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The box the samples arrived in was dramatic. It was a high quality brown box filled with all sorts of goodies. There were six different tasting squares, four truffles, three chocolate bars and covered coffee beans. I thought the bars were better than the squares, and that the truffles were a bit overpowering. The beans on the other hand, were absolutely delicious. Overall, the flavors that paired coffee with chocolate were highly successful, the other tea-inspired flavors, not so much.
Truffles

  • Dark Chocolate Vanilla Bean Truffle: A rounded chocolate-covered-cherry sized truffle with a large dollop of vanilla bean cream in the middle. It was creamy and smooth, slightly buttery. Overall very nice.
  • Milk Chocolate Chai Truffle: This was the least favorite truffle. It was super heavy-handed with the cardamom and tasted more like sucking on chocolate covered cardamom pod, than it did like chai.
  • Milk Chocolate Caffe Mocha: The chocolate is slightly waxy. I thought it seemed rather Hershey's-like. Reminded us of the Hershey's Treasures, only better.
  • Dark Chocolate Espresso: This was by far our favorite truffle. The dark chocolate was smooth — almost too smooth — and it had a great melt, with a hint of smokiness. The espresso really came through, but was not overpowering. We'd definitely eat this again.

Milk Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
This was my favorite thing in the box. FabSugar — who is a bit of a chocolate snob and hates on milk chocolate — even thought they were delicious. Unlike most chocolate covered beans, these are more like ground up beans covered in chocolate. It's a big coating of chocolate on a lovely amount of crunch.

Tasting Squares

  • Milk Chocolate: This was sort of generic. It would hit the spot if you craved chocolate, as it was tasty, but there was nothing special about it.
  • Dark Chocolate: Strangely, we liked the milk chocolate better. We thought it was a bit waxy. Again, tasty, but nothing special.
  • Mocha Dark Chocolate: This was our favorite square, the flavor pairing was really nice. There were bits of beans in it. I almost wished they offered this in a milk chocolate version too.
  • Chai Milk Chocolate: Like the truffle, there was way too much cardamom going on. Some of the folks here liked it because of that, but I was disappointed by how much it didn't taste like chai.
  • Passion Dark Chocolate: This was the worst thing in the entire box. Some of the folks thought it was okay, but I hated it. It was highly floral in taste, and there were bits of things in it that were just too much. It sort of tasted like artificial powder stuck inside of the chocolate. I say pass this one off to your friends, so you can eat the others.
  • Citron Dark Chocolate: Like the passion square, this one is also infused with tea. It was nicely flavored and okay. However at the end, it started reminding me of cleaner. If you love lemon/chocolate pairings you'd probably like it, but once again I say pass this one and eat the others.

Chocolate Bars
There are three flavors of chocolate bars — milk, dark and mocha dark — the flavors are reviewed above, but it should be mentioned that they tasted much better in a thicker bar format. It was nice to have something to sink your teeth into.

So, have you seen the new Starbucks Chocolates — they'll be in large grocery and drug stores retailers soon. If so, have you tried them?


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Tashablueyes Tashablueyes 8 years
My husband brought me home the Starbucks Milk Chocolate Bar, and aside from being pretty...it was just really creamy chocolate, which I like, but I might has well have just bought a cheap Symphony bar. But I would have chosen a different flavor anyway, so I'm still gonna try the other kinds.
ConstantIrritant ConstantIrritant 8 years
I'm a huge chocolate fan (figuratively and literally), and I like my Starbucks. But the Mocha Dark Chocolate Mocha bar I bought tasted like someone melted some pretty good dark chocolate and mixed it with coffee grounds. Sorry, *$, I like to drink coffee, not chew on it. Bleargh!!!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
The "Milk Chocolate Chai Truffle" is so yummy! I loved it and hope to try the other flavors soon.
Tashablueyes Tashablueyes 8 years
Thanks for the review, now I don't have to waste my money (or calories) on the icky ones! Not surprising that the better chocolates from Starbucks/ Hershey's line are the coffee based ones. I've never been big on Hershey's either, so I'm also not surprised that the solid chocolates weren't that exciting.
swag1 swag1 8 years
Wow. This is like a new take on those 1970s Reese's Peanut Butter cup TV commercials: "You've got your mass-produced, commoditized chocolate in my mass-produced, commoditized coffee!" "Hey, two great mass-produced, commoditized tastes in one!" Talk about a match made in Wal-Mart...
SugarFreak SugarFreak 8 years
Needs to get me some!
gigi123 gigi123 8 years
Sounds like a good partnership of two popular companies to profit from one another...also chocolate and coffee ---- mmmmmmm :)
gigi123 gigi123 8 years
Sounds like a good partnership of two popular companies to profit from one another...also chocolate and coffee ---- mmmmmmm :)
jacy33 jacy33 8 years
cant wait to try!
Advah Advah 8 years
For some reason I thought they already sold chocolate.. Should pay more attention to it next time I go to a Starbucks!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
Some of these sound really nice, but the chai ones sound like a bit of an error. Tea-flavored chocolate? That's like the coffee-flavored tea I've been seeing lately: ridiculous!
kaenai kaenai 8 years
I seriously hate coffee, but the ones without it sound okay. I might try them.
GirlNinja GirlNinja 8 years
I've seen them in Kroger stores too. I thought the chai ones sounded interesting, but I think I'll pass now. :)
aoitenshi aoitenshi 8 years
Starbucks + Hershey's = Goes out of my mind! Wow. Coffee and chocolate are my two biggest addictions. Thanks for the review! The box looks so great. I wish these chocolates will reach our shores eventually.
Frances17033 Frances17033 8 years
The Mocha Dar Chocolate was my favorite, too -- but I liked the Passion Dark Chocolate and didn't find the Dark Choco tasting square waxy at all. I believe these are coming off the Scharffen Berger line, and they're every bit as good as Scharffen Berger (if you like that kid of chocolate -- I do!) http://civellophoto.typepad.com/fleeting_moments/2008/02/starbucks-mocha.html
jrw1012 jrw1012 8 years
omg i NEED to try those! yum yum!
Fashion Fashion 8 years
I recommend the dark choco square and dark choco vanilla truffle. Not bad, and addictive. :KISS:
Rock-Sugar Rock-Sugar 8 years
great review, sounds like you sugars enjoyed the testing stage very much but you left out your girl Rock Sugar over here
nancita nancita 8 years
Great review. I really am sorry I missed the chocolate covered coffee beans.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
I doubt I will try these.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
I doubt I will try these.
MsMO MsMO 8 years
Thank you for reviewing these. Now I know what to avoid.
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