Fall is a delicious time for coffee, and Black Rock Coffee Bar always offers tasty autumn-themed drinks. For 2022, Black Rock features the Pumpkin Blondie, a Salted Caramel Chai, a Candied Cranberry Fuel, and a Caramel Apple Smoothie.
(Related: Starbucks fall drinks)
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Black Rock launched its fall lineup for 2022 on September 1, which will run through the end of October.
The focus for this season seems to be caramel, with it featured in three of the four promo drinks.
Not returning this year are the Pumpkin Cold Foam Brew, Shaken Iced Pumpkin Espresso with Oat Milk, Huckleberry Fuel, and Caramel Pecan Breve. The coffee bars still carry pumpkin pie syrup, so you can try asking your barista to make something similar if you are craving these treats from last year!
Black Rock says, “Highlighting its fall menu is Black Rock’s Pumpkin Blondie (served hot, iced, or blended), which combines a pumpkin pie flavor with an iteration of ingredients found in Black Rock Coffee Bar’s signature drink, the Caramel Blondie.”
This returning drink is Black Rock’s answer to the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte. “The Pumpkin Blondie is made with hints of caramel, white chocolate, and pumpkin. For a finishing touch, it is topped with cinnamon + nutmeg.” You can ask for it to be made decaf, or opt for a caffeine-free shake.
Salted Caramel Chai
Of this seasonal drink, Black Rock says, “The Salted Caramel Chai combines chai, milk and salted caramel topped with a caramel drizzle. It can be served hot, iced or blended.” This drink uses salted caramel syrup to enhance the chai.
Interestingly, for fall 2022 Dutch Bros is also featuring a chai drink, the Sweater Weather Chai.
REVIEW: I tried the Salted Caramel Chai and loved it! I often drink chai, but have never tried one with caramel and wasn’t sure what to expect. The flavors blended together into a smooth drink that did remind me of autumn.
I ordered my drink with oat milk instead of a standard dairy. Since I did this, the whip wasn’t included, which I did miss! Next time I might ask for extra caramel as I think I would really enjoy a bit of extra flavor.
Idea: Buy a salted caramel chai latte mix to have at home from Amazon!
Candied Cranberry FUEL
“The iced Candied Cranberry FUEL features Black Rock’s popular energy drink brand, FUEL fused with almond and pomegranate and a splash of cranberry juice on top.”
The combo on this FUEL makes me think more of late fall and Thanksgiving rather than early fall with all the pumpkin-ness. Regardless, this sounds scrumptious and I can’t wait to try it.
Caramel Apple Smoothie
“Black Rock’s Caramel Apple Smoothie features an ice cream and green apple base mixed with caramel, ice, and whipped cream. Topping off the perfect smoothie is a yummy drizzle of caramel on top.”
For cafes that offer apple smoothies as a standard, as does Black Rock, making it into a caramel apple-featured drink is a no-brainer. This is a great drink to offer to the kiddos who may also be wanting a fun fall drink.