June 5, 2011

Seattle's Best Iced Mocha Ready to Drink (RTD) Review


I was actually searching for something else when I stumbled upon Seattle's Best Iced Mocha in the chiller at a local store and decided to give it a try. The Iced Mocha is part of the three item line-up (above) that the purveyor of fine coffees offers to the market. It's not a surprise to see that Seattle's Best, which was bought by Starbucks, is sold through the partnership with Pepsi.   

The Seattle's Best mocha is sadly not made with any cocoa, and instead is made with just "Natural and Artificial Flavors", a miss in my book. The flavor profile is classic Ready To Drink - passable, moderately sweet without overdoing it, with plenty of caramelized dairy notes. I would not put it in the same league as the Starbucks Doubleshot ready to drink indulgence, but it's not bad. I'd grab one for a hot morning on the way to work. Unfortunately, the 9.5 fl ounce can is about half as much as I want.

How many calories in a Seattle's Best Iced Mocha? There are 130 calories in the 9.5-ounce can, with 20 fat calories and 2 grams of fat. the ingredients are just coffee, reduced fat milk, sugar, natural and artificial flavors, pectin, salt and ascorbic acid. The pectin adds some mouthfeel and keeps things from settling, while the ascorbic acid is in there to prevent oxidation and not to add any appreciable vitamin C to the drink.

Net - it's worth picking one up if you have the chance, but don't rush out and knock down doors to find one.

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Posted by Scott Martin at June 5, 2011 10:17 PM
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