If you've let your eyes wander to the selection of baked goods while in line at Starbucks, you may have noticed three new additions to the pastry case: chocolate caramel muffins, salted caramel squares, and salted caramel cake pops. We tried them all.
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We try the new Starbucks Gingerbread Latte, new Sprite Cranberry, Blue Moon Gingerbread Spiced Ale, and a whole slew of eggnogs.
By now, most enlightened coffee drinkers know the difference between a single origin coffee and a blend. Or do we? Last week, Starbucks added an Ethiopian coffee to their offerings, billed curiously as a "single origin blend".
Starbucks has sold over 200 million of their pumpkin spice latte over the past decade. But the coffee behemoth's competition just got a little stiffer, with America's biggest fast-food chain, McDonald's, getting in on the action with a pumpkin spice latte of its own. If that's not grounds for a head-to-head comparison, I don't know what is.
Starbucks recently released a new lineup of carton-sized drinks available in the chilled sections of grocery stores including Safeway and Target, inspired by their iced espresso drinks.
The Clover, a five-figure priced single-cup coffee brewer, is back, and Starbucks is putting 500 more in Starbucks locations around the world, starting now. Teamed up with a renewed emphasis on their Reserve Coffee line, this marks a big step in Big Green's interest in showcasing microlot, by the cup coffees.
We try the new Valencia Orange-flavored energy drink from Starbucks, plus their new Orange Spice Iced Coffee.
New season, new additions to the Starbucks menu. This summer has brought back last year's Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake ($2.25), and we checked in to give it a try.
The new crunchy caramel variation starts with a few squirts of coffee, which are then followed by ice, milk, and dark caramel syrup—a new ingredient Starbucks created specially for the CRCF.
For the first time in sixteen years, Starbucks has shoved over some space on its year-round menu for a new espresso drink, which debuts today across the United States. Like its older sister the Caramel Macchiato, the new Starbucks Hazelnut Macchiato is built atop vanilla syrup—a couple of pumps to sweeten the base for steamed 2% milk and Starbucks' dark-dark espresso roast. The theme flavor comes only at the end, measured out carefully in a specific pattern of cross-hatches and swirls conceived to dispense just the right proportion of viscous, hazelnutty goodness.
Starbucks has released a new cheesecake brownie ($2.25). The two layer treat has a fudge brownie base, topped with a thick layer of cheesecake and a swirl of chocolate ganache. We gave it a try.
Like all elite athletes and abject slobs, I understand the importance of staying well carbohydrated; fruits and vegetables are cute, but I stick mainly to the grains, and I take those mostly in the form of beer, whiskey, and pasta. But despite my gravitation toward the crummier end of the natural foods spectrum, I could still make a case for the humble (and rarely fermented) oat as king of grains.
On a recent trip to the grocery store, we noticed a whole shelf of different cocoa-mix options (including peppermint hot chocolate and salted caramel hot chocolate!) from Starbucks, so we decided to check them out.
Just in time for the holiday season, Starbucks is offering an adorable seasonal cookie, the Frosted Snowman. This fella is about the size of a large man's palm and is available wearing either a jaunty red or blue scarf.
There is a certain contingent of people who, like those individuals ready to pounce outside drugstores and supermarkets the instant Cadbury Eggs hit the shelves in the weeks preceding Easter, wait patiently year-round for the autumnal arrival of the pumpkin spiced drinks at coffee houses across the nation. These established lovers of seasonal sips already have their favorites, but for those who don't often order these kinds of drinks, a throwdown is in order! Which pumpkin latte is best? And what are the differences, anyway?
Are coffee and a cinnamon roll the perfect partners? Perhaps. Which is why we decided to give Starbuck's new iteration a try.
Starbucks announced in September the arrival of the "Verismo" automated pod machine, a push-button single-cup home espresso maker that offers the added functionality of brewing drip coffee and...wait for it...even steaming milk for you by using milk pods...all in one handy chute.
Being a fan of both cake and salted caramel, I decided to give Starbucks new Salted Caramel Cake Popa try.
Over the years, Starbucks has established itself as a contender in the supermarket ice cream space, most notably with a line of Frappuccino-flavored ice creams. Their newest offering is Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino Ice Cream: a swirl of coffee and chocolate ice creams studded with chocolate cookie pieces.
Vilified and lionized with seemingly equal regularity, Starbucks is the caffeinated megachain we hate to love and love to hate. But are the reasons any good on either side?