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Could Starbucks’ Chile Spice Mocha Unseat the Pumpkin Spice Latte?

posted: 09/07/16
by: Blythe Copeland
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By now, Starbucks' pumpkin spice lattes are practically synonymous with fall -- the first indication that cooler weather is on the way and it's time to break out those cozy scarfs and tall boots. But if you prefer spice to sugar, then the company's newest fall offering, the Chile Mocha, might be your new fall go-to.

The Chile Mocha is a blend of espresso, steamed milk, and cocoa which gets its heat from a spice topping -- think ancho and cayenne pepper, paprika, cinnamon, sea salt, and sugar. The company says they were inspired by "other sweet and spicy flavors such as mole, horchata, and a thick Mexican drink called champurrado" -- a chocolate-based beverage served warm -- to add a little extra heat to a traditional sweet mocha. And if you're not ready to truly say farewell to summer yet, then get yours made as a Frappuccino for one last warm-weather hurrah.