In celebration of some awesome new changes to the Starbucks menu offerings (no longer using high-fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors or dyes, and no trans fat in any of their products) Starbucks is offering a free pastry with any drink purchase on Tuesday July 21st from opening til 10:30am !!!
I’m sure you won’t have a problem locating a Starby’s to score this freebie as they are pretty much everywhere!
This past week I’ve seen quite a few food blogs mention briefly the new flavors of ice cream launched by Starbucks and I knew I had to investigate.
Specifically with my mouth.
And more specifically the Caramel Macchiato flavor.
I’m not as big of an ice cream eater as I was in my younger years….not sure why…I just never really crave ice cream the way I did when I was a pothead teenager.
Anyway, in the last 5 years, when I did purchase ice cream for my personal consumption, it had been one of the two divine Starbucks flavors: Java chip or Chocolate Covered Almond.
The packaging looked like this:
And more importantly, right before it went into my mouth it looked like this:
And then one day ::POOF:: GONE.
I wanted it and couldn’t find it anywhere. **Insert pouty face**
That was over a year ago.
I have had to say goodbye to a lot of favorite foods over the years and assumed that perhaps no one had truly appreciated the most delicious ice cream to ever exist or it had simply priced itself out of the marketplace. (it was pretty pricey like most of Starbucks’ offerings)
And then I saw all these posts this week squawking about the NEW Starbucks ice cream and here we are. Full circle.
The first thing to mention is that the sizing has changed from a quart to a pint.
This is for me, a much welcomed change for a few reasons.
Firstly, I don’t keep junk in the house and a smaller size helps me get through with my craving and get rid of the evidence swiftly.
Secondly, I don’t recall how much the quart was, but a pint is $3.99 which is about the most I’m willing to spend on ice cream.
So I went to Publix, bought the pint, came home…..
Here you go:
I like the new packaging. It’s less fussy.
Under the hood we have a visible mixing of vanilla and coffee flavored ice cream which I expected since the package told me that’s what I should expect.
It also said there would be a caramel ribbon.
I’m a notorious lover of caramel ribbons.
But I never believe icecream cartons when they boast about how special and magical theirs is, as it’s usually a dissapointingly puny and boring ribbon.
I was wrong.
I dug my spoon into the frosty confection to pull out an overwhelming glob of gooey salty perfectly thick and rich caramel.
Holy Bananas it was good.
Just look at that globular hunk of caramel folded unassumingly under the fluffy ice cream!
LOOK AT IT! IT’S TAUNTING YOU WITH IT’S DELICIOUSNESS!
I don’t usually give ratings or grades on my blog, and I can only speak for this particular flavor, but I’ll go ahead and say that it would most definitely receive a grade of : 90 million, multiplied by the the universe, the sun, all the jealously in the world, added to infinity and then multiplied once more by cherubs and rainbows.
Go get some. NOW.