Photo by John Lineberger
Photo by John Lineberger

We’re back again with another item up off Starbucks’ Secret Menu! This time: ‘The Mexican Hot Chocolate’

After the last debacle with a hot chocolate recipe, the ‘Pumpkin Hot Chocolate,’ I was kind of scared to try another one so soon, but the ‘Mexican Hot Chocolate’ really caught my eye, so I had to give it a shot.

My baristas had a fun time making this one for some reason– they seem to like it when I come in with something new to try every week. Here’s what the recipe looks like:

  • Hot chocolate made with Soy Milk (no water)
  • Add Mocha Syrup (1 pump Tall, 1.5 Grande, 2 Venti)
  • Add White Mocha Syrup (1 Pump Tall, 1.5 Grande, 2 Venti)
  • Add Cinnamon Dolce Syrup (2 Pumps Tall, 3 Grande, 4 Venti)
  • Ask for Cinnamon Powder to be added to the milk when it’s steamed

One thing to note before I talk about it– the standard hot chocolate recipe already adds mocha syrup to the drink. So, if they question it, tell them to just do what our recipe calls for, not in addition to the regular recipe.

This drink is in my top 3 best that I’ve tried to so far off the secret menu. It was amazing. It’s just hot chocolate made a bit thicker and creamy-er by using milk over water, and that big kick of cinnamon spice sent me to Wonderland. The hot chocolate is a lot cheaper than regular coffee as well, so even with all of the extras, the price isn’t too bad. It came out to be $4.17 for a tall, which is about the same as a tall PSL, so it shouldn’t put too much of a dent in your wallet.

Overall, this drink is a must try for the fall/winter season. They need to make it a regular menu item. I would absolutely recommend trying it out if you haven’t already,

So, if this interests you, go buy it! If not, come back next week and we’ll have another item off of Starbucks’ secret menu that may be more to your liking.

You can find all of Starbucks’ secret menu items at

John Lineberger is the Lifestyle Editor of Niner Times. He is an English major/ Film Studies minor in his senior year at UNC Charlotte. He is an aspiring YA writer and would like to work at a publishing house or magazine in the future. He spends most of his time reading, writing or watching Netflix, but also enjoys travel and learning new things about birds. You can contact him at