Starbucks unveiled its chocolate-flavored coffee called Chocolate Cream Cold Brew on May 10, 2022. The addition comes amidst surging demand for iced coffee. It is topped with a chocolate cream cold foam and vanilla syrup. In a press release, Starbucks stated that the new item was created with “nostalgic summer moments,” in mind. “The classic combination of coffee and notes of chocolate, along with the malt flavor in the chocolate cream cold foam, are reminiscent of a chocolate malted milkshake, or that last bit of melted chocolate ice cream on a warm summer day, to recreate the sweet, creamy flavor of summers past,” said Rosalyn Batingan of Starbucks’ beverage development team.

Starbucks attributes a significant portion of its sales to cold beverages. The coffee giant saw a 74% increase in iced coffees and Frappuccinos during the previous summer season. With this, the chain has expanded its cold brew offerings with seasonal flavors, such as a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew in the fall and an Irish Cream Cold Brew during the holidays. The new Chocolate Cream Cold Brew is available year-round across US stores. The price of a grande ranges from $4.45 to $4.75. Based on a report by Guggenheim Partners, many young customers see Starbucks’ cold coffee drinks as alternatives to other caffeine sources like soda and energy drinks.