Way back in March, the line of Starbucks chocolates was launched with great fanfare here in Hershey. Why? While it's not easy to spot on the packaging, the Starbucks chocolates are manufactured by Artisan Confections Company, which is owned by The Hershey Company.
Slowly but surely, the line surfaced at Hershey's Chocolate World, department stores and select grocery stores. The hard-to-find Caramel Macchiato Truffles were sometimes spotted at wholesale clubs. And occasionally, a surprise addition to the Starbucks line-up would appear. Interestingly, there were no Starbucks Chocolates sold in a place you might expect them to be sold — in those ubiquitous Starbucks coffeehouses.
Just a few weeks ago, I spotted Starbucks Milk Chocolate Bars and Mocha Dark Chocolate Bars in the "factory overstock" area of Chocolate World and immediately thought the worst: that perhaps this line wasn't doing well enough to continue. That was depressing — this is some seriously good chocolate, REAL chocolate in an increasingly mockolate world.
But last week, I was stunned to see new Starbucks truffles at Target. In addition to the Caramel Macchiato Truffles, there were Gingerbread Latte Truffles, Eggnog Latte Truffles and Peppermint Mocha Truffles. Oh, happy day!
Maybe the Starbucks line will continue after all. Maybe Starbucks Chocolates will someday even be sold at Starbucks stores. But in the meantime, do yourself a favor and hurry to the nearest Target and snap up a few of these holiday offerings. They make most excellent hostess gifts. Or a tasty little stash for your desk drawer. Just sayin'.