New drinks from Starbucks don’t usually warrant two blog posts. But in this case I wanted to write a clarification. We here at The News Tribune tried the new Starbucks caramel sea salt premium hot chocolate last week. Someone bought it for us and drove it over here, making it 10 to 15 minutes old by the time we got it. We gave it good marks but noted that it wasn’t outstanding.
The next day a media relations person from Starbucks called to question our assessment. “We’ve been drinking them like crazy over here,” she said. Well, of course you have. You get paid to love and promote the newest Starbucks product.
This past weekend, I tried a fresh one, getting my first taste about 15 seconds after the barista put the lid on. It was a much different experience. The drink comes caramel-topped whip cream and sea salt sprinkles. Others around here also tried one fresh from the store. We’d like to upgrade our assessment to delicious.