Friday, January 23, 2009
I've been feeding my latte addiction at Pret of late. Their coffee is Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, organic, strong, fresh roasted--they actually post their roasted on date so you know it's within 2 weeks. And a large latte will run you $3.35, that's $.71 less than a similar sized coffee at the 'Bux and there generally isn't a line. All of this is to say, it's been awhile since I've made a Starby's run. When I popped by to pick up a spinach feta wrap for lunch yesterday I noticed something new in their case. Cupcakes...
Ok, cupcakes aren't exactly a "new" thing at Starbucks. I've seen them before for a few brief stints on the dessert menu. But it's been awhile. The folks behind the counter told me that they just started getting in cupcakes earlier this week.
This time the cupcakes have a bit of a new look. The vanilla frosted vanilla cupcakes have a pretty edging of sugar. Oh, and they are posting calories. Yipes. 300 calories for this here red velvet cupcake. And that was the "healthiest" of the three (chocolate being the other offering).
Alas, I didn't get to actually taste this red velvet cupcake. I couldn't find the ingredient listings on Starbuck's site and a call to their consumer hotline didn't yield any more intelligence. With no nut-free green light, I passed the cupcake along to my buddy, who is somewhat of a red velvet connoisseur. He said if the Starbucks red velvet operation had a dial for red velvetiness, this would be at about 25%. Not enough red velvet flavor. He pronounced the frosting the best part of the whole experience, but at least it wasn't dry. For a $1.95, this is one of the cheaper cupcake options in the city, so if you're looking for bang for your buck this might be up your alley; though based on my friend's estimate you might want to give the other cupcakes a shot instead.