Since Valentine’s day was earlier this week, it seems only fitting that I write a little ode to one of the loves of my life.
Sorry, Big Man, I love you bunches, but this isn’t about you.
No, this is about one of the other true loves of my life. One that is sweet and salty and hot and creamy and comes in three sizes. I’m talking about Starbucks salted caramel hot chocolate.
If lovin’ you is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
I’m not a coffee drinker, so I generally don’t have much need to patronize coffee shops like Starbucks, except when I crave a hot chocolate that didn’t come from an envelope. Most of time, I limit myself to packets of fat free, sugar free, nearly taste free “diet” hot cocoa.
But, a stop at a service plaza on the Ohio Turnpike changed my life. On that fateful road trip at that surprisingly clean plaza, I happened to try a concoction so divine that it was love at first sight, or rather, taste.
I’m a milk chocolate kind of gal; none of this bittersweet or 70% cacao for me. I’ve always found the hot chocolate at Starbucks to be a little bitter for my taste. But that bitterness really works in their favor when it comes to the salted caramel hot chocolate. The combination of sweet caramel, a hint of salt, and dark intense chocolate creates the beverage version of a holy trinity.
I’ve become addicted and am now a seasoned veteran of Starbucks. I waltz in and sing out my order like I own the place. I’ll have a nonfatventisaltedcaramelhotchocolatewithwhip, please.
Upon taking that first sip, I actually feel a sense of serenity wash over me. All is right in the world.
I think this might be the answer to world peace. Maybe if we shipped a giant load of salted caramel hot chocolates to all the areas of strife around the world, the lion would finally lay down with the lamb. Note: I know this phrase is a misquote, but you get the gist of the whole world peace thing, regardless.
It could happen. Such is the power of this drink.
So, the next time you’re feeling blue, or just need some serenity now, hie yourself on over to Starbucks for one of these lovelies.
Tell them the Chick sent you. That and $3.65 will get you the Venti size.
Chickaliciousness: a fantastic 5 for flavor and potential world peace