Starbucks Just Announced a New Vegan Drink That Tastes Like Nutella

by Sarah Von Alt|
March 2, 2018
Starbucks Just Announced a New Vegan Drink That Tastes Like Nutella

Starbucks has just announced the release of the Hazelnut Mocha Coconutmilk Macchiato, a brand-new drink for the chain’s seasonal spring menu—and it’s completely vegan! Starbucks describes the Nutella-inspired drink on its site:

Sweet hazelnut and our Sumatran coconutmilk is combined with our bold Espresso Roast, then topped with decadent mocha drizzle. All handcrafted to ensure each sip is perfectly balanced, perfectly enjoyed.

The drink is made with coconut milk by default, and that decadent mocha drizzle is 100 percent plant-based, so no substitutions are necessary!

Last November, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson told Business Insider, “Plant-based beverages and alternatives [are a] big area of opportunity for us, and our customers are asking for it.” This should come as no surprise, considering how often new vegan offerings pop up at Starbucks.

In the past year, the chain has rolled out a completely plant-based lunch bowl, announced plans to offer an almond-milk version of its famed bottled Frappuccinos (coming this May!), and even started selling vegan cupcakes at select Florida locations.

As more people discover the animal cruelty and vast environmental destruction inherent in milk production, they’re consuming less dairy or ditching it altogether in favor of plant-based foods. Restaurateurs and food producers are taking advantage of this expanding market by adding more plant-based options to their menus and product lines.

Fortunately, with the growing number of delicious vegan options already on restaurant and cafe menus far and wide, there’s never been a better time to add more veg meals to your diet. Click here for a list of our favorite veg options at a chain restaurant near you.

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