If you are looking for a description to make your mouth water, here it is: “We’ve paired the dynamic duo of dark cocoa and refreshing mint with milk and ice. Next we infuse the blended chocolatey beverage with cooling mint sugar crystals, cut in a layer of whipped cream, then top it with more whipped cream and a dusting of dark cocoa” (description courtesy of https://www.starbucks.com).
Since it is only at Starbucks for a limited time, if you want to try it, it may be good to get it before it is gone!!!
If you have not seen the tv ads or heard already, Starbucks Happy Hour is here in the United States! It began on May 5 and ends on May 14, 2017. It is only from 3-6 pm at Starbucks and is a half off frappuccino happy hour!! I have tried the new midnight mint mocha creme frappuccino several times and it is really good. The Smores frappuccino is also back. I believe those are both only for a limited time so hurry in if you want to catch them before they are gone!!!
“Don’t forget… half off any Frappuccino® blended beverage continues at Frappuccino® Happy Hour, 3-5pm through May 15th” 2016 (www.starbucks.com). A bonus for Starbucks Rewards members is that the Happy Hour continues from 5-6 pm which is perfect for an after work Starbucks drive-through run.
You may want to check out the NEW Caramel waffle cone frappuccino (pictured above) which even has real pieces of waffle cone in it! I give it two thumbs up. Another fun pairing is the Smore’s Creme based frappuccino with the S’mores bar. I tried that recently and it reminded me of being at a campfire. It’s an excellent choice for marshmallow lovers and for the approaching summertime!!!
Fan Flavors!!! Six new frappuccinos!!! At Starbucks!!! I am a bit behind promoting this, but there are six new Frappuccino blended beverages inspired by Starbucks fans now out at Starbucks. They are Cotton Candy, Lemon Bar, Red Velvet Cake, Cinnamon Roll, Cupcake, and Caramel Cocoa Cluster. I have tried the Caramel Cocoa Cluster (my favorite so far) and the Cotton Candy. According to the barista in my neighborhood Starbucks, the Cotton Candy one has been super popular and she thinks it should definitely be continued, however personally she really likes the Cinnamon Roll one.
I haven’t heard how long these special frappuccinos will last, but the Starbucks website says to get ready to start voting on Friday June 19, 2015 for your favorite. My suspicion is that the favorite will be continued and the others will be cut, but that is just a hunch. It will be fun to vote for a favorite, and I encourage you to get one before they are gone.
One final cool thing. The last time when I was at Starbucks, I asked the barista lots of questions about the new frappuccinos, and I told her that I blog and promote Starbucks. She thought that was neat, and actually Starbucks related search terms are the main search terms that people use and find my blog. Everybody loves Starbucks! Tonight when I went through the drive-through, I got the same barista, and she said “oh, you are the blogger.” I thought that was cool! Honestly, I would love to be a brand ambassador for Starbucks if they ever would have me do that to promote them. Starbucks is one of my favorite places!!!
Here is a link if you want to check out how Starbucks makes each fan flavor or in order to vote starting on 6/19:
S’mores Frappuccino® Blended Coffee
The Starbucks new S’mores Frappuccino is a hit! I had it for my first Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour drink of 2015. The Starbucks website gives this mouth-watering description: “Marshmallow-infused whipped cream, milk chocolate sauce, a creamy blend of graham, coffee, milk and ice finished off with more marshmallowy whipped cream and a graham cracker crumble.”
If you hadn’t heard, Starbucks widely anticipated event, their 1/2 price Frappuccino Happy Hour has come to town! It is 10 days of bliss for Starbucks lovers far and wide. Details are as follows.
What: 1/2 Price Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour
Date: May 1-10, 2015
Time: 3-5 pm (but a special bonus hour is 5-6 pm for Rewards members)
Why: YOU LOVE STARBUCKS!!!
If you aren’t sure which frappuccinos you want to try, then check out Starbucks website for their vast frappuccino options. Note: they have more frappuccinos that aren’t even on the menu, and the Starbucks iPhone app lists them slightly differently and even includes an OPRAH one that was created in partnership with Oprah Winfrey and Teavana teaologists that is called Oprah Cinnamon Chai Crème Frappuccino. Here is the Frappuccino menu:
I recently heard that Starbucks has a NEW seasonal drink, the Chestnut Praline Latte. I was intrigued and eager to check it out. While uncertain if I have ever had pralines before (yeah, maybe I have led a sheltered life), but I was game to give it a try. Call me a fan of Starbucks, which would be a true understatement. So, I got a Chestnut Praline Latte on my drive back home from visiting my family for Thanksgiving.
It seemed appropriate to pair the latte with a cd from one of my favorite bands, Starfield, a Canadian praise and worship band with a slight rock edge, who is not very well known in the United States. A quick side note: I once road-tripped to support Starfield years ago when they were nominated for rock/contemporary album of the year at the Dove (GMA) Awards for Christian artists. I did a lot of music promotion “back in the day,” and I was always going to concerts and volunteering at promotional tables for Christian radio in multiple cities. I’m kind of surprised Starfield still flies under the radar today, but sometimes that can be kind of cool to me. I am definitely not one who is into things because other people are; while sometimes I can be influenced, I think it’s important to follow your own drumbeat, too. But, since I am going on a tangent, I’ll get back to my story.
So, I sipped my Chestnut Praline Latte and listened to songs like “Everything is Beautiful” (which is an AMAZING song to listen to when you are feeling down), and “Love is the Reversal”, which I can listen to on repeat and never get sick of it. I pondered deep thoughts with songs lyrics like “Yeah I believe our secret longings Tell us that we’re not at home. But grace reclaims what the world disowns” and “Yeah, nothing here’s as good as it should be ‘Cause this is the rehearsal” (song “Love is the reversal” on “Beauty in the Broken” cd by Starfield, copyright 2006). While I must say that the Chestnut Praline Latte is not one of my favorite Starbucks drink, it is worth checking out at least once. As their seasonal drinks typically go, you can only get them for a very limited time, so check it out before it’s gone. And, if you couldn’t already pick up my extremely subtle plug for the band Starfield, you may want to check them out if you are looking for a new band. Some of their older cds are harder to find in Christian bookstores, but you can find them on Spotify and see what you think. You can also check out some more info on them on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starfield_(band)). I highly recommend their debut album “Starfield” (with has probably their best known song, “Filled With Your Glory”) that came out in 2004, as well as the more slight rock edged “Beauty in the Broken” from 2006.
***For those who are curious what is in Starbucks new Chestnut Praline Latte, here is that info courtesy of http://www.starbucks.com: “Espresso, steamed milk, and flavors of caramelized chestnuts and spices. Topped with whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs.”