Ordering a Vegan Starbucks Mocha Latte has become easier than ever. Out of necessity for my health and my desired vegan diet, I quit going to Starbucks. I tried to just stick with regular coffee, but if I went to Starbucks, I just couldn’t resist ordering the deliciously creamy concoction of espresso and chocolate, so avoidance was my best option. Then about a year ago I read that Starbucks mocha sauce is indeed vegan.
With the growing demand for vegan options, Starbucks now has a
variety of alternatives to dairy. They also have many other vegan-friendly options to choose from on the menu
for food and other specialty coffee drinks. I typically only go to Starbucks
for a mocha latte, and this past year, when I wanted to treat myself, I
would order a coconut milk mocha latte.
I have avoided soy milk and soy products for a long time because of the negative opinions people have on products made with soy, but in the last six months, I started adding tofu into my diet on occasion. Then, when I added vegan Starbucks Mocha Lattes back as a splurge treat, I decided to taste test a soy mocha latte. I also taste tested my favorite drink with almond milk.
1. Almond Milk - My least favorite of all. Sometimes steamed milk alternatives taste like a mouthful of chemicals to me. It may not actually be chemicals, but it is what it tastes like. The Almond Mocha Latte iced is a lot better than steamed.
2. Soy Milk - The texture of the Soy Mocha Latte is the creamiest. The taste was okay, but borderline chemical tasting. As with the Almond Mocha Latte, the iced version tastes a lot better to me.
3. Coconut Milk - The Vegan Coconut Mocha Latte is my favorite both iced and hot. Although not as creamy as the Soy Milk version, the ingredients blend much nicer, and usually, I cannot detect the coconut milk. On occasion, I can taste a coconut flavor which makes me think different Starbucks must use different brands of coconut milk. Aside from the lack of creaminess and sometimes tasting like coconut, it’s the closest to the dairy version that I had become accustomed to drinking.
You can read more on Starbucks vegan options at Peta.org.
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