REVIEW: Starbucks Chile Mocha

Starbucks Chile Mocha

Some like it HOT and I am one of those humans.

No, I’m not talking about the 1950’s movie starring Marilyn Monroe, but the Scoville scale. Just in case you have no idea what the heck I’m talking about: the Scoville scale measures the heat of a pepper from 0 units (bell peppers) to 16MM units (pure capsaicin). I can realistically only handle up to a habanero (350K units) so I’ve been on a mission to increase my capsaicin tolerance.

Along comes Starbucks’ latest drink innovation, the Chile Mocha. I drink Starbucks religiously (who else spent way too much money on Starbucks for Life) and I like heat. Advertised with “ancho and chile spices” and “for those mornings that need an extra kick,” I expected the Chile Mocha to dazzle my taste buds.

In true Goldilocks-fashion, I had to try all three: the Frappuccino, the hot mocha, and the iced mocha. Unfortunately, the only thing consistent about the three was that they all came with too much whipped cream.

I started with the Frappuccino. Nothing about the Frappuccino tasted like chile or even mocha for that matter. It was so sickeningly sweet that it tasted toffee-like; maybe the barista used the toffee nut syrup instead of Chile Mocha powder. So, heat was nonexistent. I even tried the Spiced Mocha topping on top which looked like straight cayenne/paprika but actually also had sugar crystals mixed in.

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The powder fondly reminded me of a less concentrated version of Lucas Mexican Candy. However, cayenne is only 50,000 Scoville and paprika is, if you’re lucky, maybe 100 Scoville units. Instead of ordering the Chile Mocha Frappuccino, I might as well have just ordered a plain ol’ coffee frap for $1 less and 90 less calories.

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I moved onto the iced mocha next. I was immediately a little off-put by the powder sitting at the bottom of the drink. I tried mixing it but the powder at the bottom was just out of straw reach. After my first couple of sips, I felt a very slight warming/heat sensation in the back of my throat. FINALLY!

However, it was short-lived as it quickly neutralized. While the iced mocha was a little more coffee-forward, it still erred on the too-sweet side. Disappointed, I proceeded to eat the whipped cream with tasty wannabe Lucas Mexican Candy power and left the rest of the drink.

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Lastly, the hot mocha. At this point, my high expectations were demolished. But, the fact that my first sip actually tasted like a mocha was a great start. Unlike the iced mocha, the heat actually built up. At first, I thought it was way too subtle but as I drank more, I concluded that this level of heat probably works for people not trying to burn off their taste buds (unlike me). If it were any spicier, it would likely be too spicy for some folks. I also really enjoyed the temperature contrast of the cold whipped cream with the hot mocha.

Net-net, stick with the hot mocha. I know it’s still 90 degrees in certain parts of the country, but fall is right around the corner! For my fellow capsaicin enthusiasts, I’m dropping a Ghost Pepper Mocha suggestion in Starbucks’ inbox.

(Nutrition Facts – Tall 12 oz (Hot Chile Mocha with whipped cream) – 270 Calories, 110 calories from fat, 12 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 140 milligrams of sodium, 32 grams of carbohydrates, 1 grams of fiber, 29 grams total sugars, 10 grams of protein..)

Purchased Price: Varies
Size: Tall
Rating: 6 out of 10 (Chile Mocha)
Rating: 4 out of 10 (Iced Chile Mocha)
Rating: 3 out of 10 (Chile Mocha Frappuccino)
Pros: Fondly reminiscent of Lucas Mexican Candy Power. Hot Chile Mocha.
Cons: Too much whipped cream. Frappuccino and Iced Mocha are sugar bombs. Minimal heat.

BACK ON SHELVES: Limited Edition White Chocolate Twix (2016)

Limited Edition White Chocolate Twix

The first time this limited edition candy bar hit shelves in the U.S. was at the end of 2005. Since then, it’s been available throughout Europe, the U.K., and Australia. Hoard them! Hoard them all! (Spotted by Rachel C at Walmart.)

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FAST FOOD NEWS: Pizza Hut Grilled Cheese Stuffed Crust

Pizza Hut Grilled Cheese Stuffed Crust

For Pizza Hut’s latest limited time offering, the chain has combined two comfort foods into one — pizza and the grilled cheese sandwich.

The Grilled Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza features cheddar and mozzarella cheese stuffed into the crust. To complete the grilled cheese sandwich experience, the end crust is also topped with toasted breadcrumbs and melted butter. Sadly, Pizza Hut doesn’t offer a tomato soup dipping sauce.

A large one-topping Grilled Cheese Stuffed Pizza is available for $12.99 at participating locations.

A slice of a Pepperoni Grilled Cheese Stuffed Crust has 400 calories, 20 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 60 milligrams of cholesterol, 860 milligrams of sodium, 35 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 18 grams of protein.

If you’ve tried it, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via Pizza Hut’s Facebook page)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Hershey’s Take 5 and Almond Joy Snack Mixes

Take 5 Snack Mix

Almond Joy Snack Mix

Get Nutty? Already am! (Spotted by Robbie at Target.)

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PRIZE DRAWING: White Castle X-Men Apocalypse Prize Pack

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The fine folks at White Castle sent us a swag pack to promote their partnership with Twentieth Century Fox for the release of X-Men: Apocalypse on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.

White Castle is also offering an X-Men themed menu that we wrote about earlier this month and is hosting a sweepstakes to send one person and a guest to NYC for an X-Men makeover, complete with airfare, hotel, a makeover by a team of special effects artists and a professional photoshoot. You can learn more about their sweepstakes by visiting the White Castle website.

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As for our prize drawing, the prize pack we have contains the following items:

  • One White Castle cap
  • One White Castle magnetic clip
  • One White Castle mini flashlight
  • One White Castle reusable bag
  • One small X-Men: Apocalypse poster
  • One Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters bumper sticker
  • Three coupons for a free Ghost Pepper Cheese Slider, X-treme Ghost Pepper Cheese Slider, or Apocalyptic Waffle Slider
  • Two $5 coupons for White Castle microwaveable products
  • One Digital HD code for X-Men: Apocalypse

RULES:

To enter The Impulsive Buy’s White Castle X-Men Apocalypse Prize Pack Prize Drawing, leave a comment with THIS post. You can write whatever you want, but please don’t forget to fill out the email field because we’ll be emailing the randomly selected winner for his or her mailing address.

We will stop accepting entries on Saturday, September 24, 2016 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time. Only one comment allowed per person, and it’s only open to U.S. residents 18 years old or older.

Good luck!

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 9/20/2016

Here are some interesting new and limited edition products found on store shelves by us and your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

7Up Monster Cans
7Up Monster Cans

A&W and Canada Dry Monster Cans
A&W and Canada Dry Monster Cans

Sunkist Monster Cans
Sunkist Monster Cans

I guess these are going to be in my nightmares tonight. (Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Nestle Nesquik Protein Plus Vanilla Milk
Nestle Nesquik Protein Plus Vanilla Milk

For adults young at heart? Pffft. I drank a bottle of regular Nesquik last week. I’m not ashamed to drink flavored milk in public. (Spotted by Marvo at 7-Eleven.)

Kroger S'mores Greek Yogurt
Kroger S’mores Greek Yogurt

Kroger Oatmeal Raisin Greek Yogurt
Kroger Oatmeal Raisin Greek Yogurt

Kroger Ginger Snap Crunch Greek Yogurt
Kroger Ginger Snap Crunch Greek Yogurt

Kroger Raspberry Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt
Kroger Raspberry Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt

Kroger Lemon Creme Greek Yogurt
Kroger Lemon Creme Greek Yogurt

Kroger wants some of that sweet, sweet Greek yogurt money. (Spotted by Amanda Y at Kroger.)

Limited Edition Clear American Cranberry Pear Sparking Water
Limited Edition Clear American Cranberry Pear Sparking Water

With so many fruits and combinations, Clear American could probably offer a new flavor every day for a year and still not cover them all. (Spotted by Sarah D at Walmart.)

Limited Edition Curate Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Bars
Limited Edition Curate Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Bars

Curate is so new to the game, but it knows the seasonal limited edition flavor game. (Spotted by Rachel C at Target.)

Thank you to all the photo contributors! If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new product on the shelf, snap a picture of it, and send us an email (theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. Or reply to us (@theimpulsivebuy) on Twitter with the photo, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

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