Friday, May 15, 2009

Starbucks has left me out in the cold

I'm not ashamed to admit that I love Starbucks frozen treats. You can find their ice cream at most grocery stores, and it is divine. But the thing is, they've discontinued some of their most delicious items. For example, when their ice creams first came out, they produced an amazing flavor called White Chocolate Latte. It was basically coffee-flavored ice cream with a white chocolate swirl. But that description doesn't come anywhere close to doing the flavor justice. It was like heaven in an ice cream container. The swirl was generous and flavorful, the ice cream was creamy with the perfect level of coffee flavoredness...

White Chocolate Latte, I'm sorry to inform you that you were discontinued several years ago, much to the public's (or at least my) dismay.

And then there were the frozen Frappuccino bars. Yum, yum, yum. The perfect summertime treat on a stick. Available in two flavors: straight up coffee, or coffee with a creamy mocha center. So good. But after searching every grocery store in Madison...

Frappuccino bars, I'm sorry to inform you that you have been discontinued.

And the thing is, there's nothing to replace these bars. Right now, Caribou Coffee is makes ice cream "nuggets," which are like squares of ice cream covered in chocolate. Messy and totally not as good as the Frap bars. Weight Watchers also makes a coffee-flavored frozen product, called Giant Latte Bars. They are okay, but when I want a treat, I want a treat, not a fake dessert with sugar substitute.

Lastly, a message to the remaining flavors of Starbucks ice cream available in cartons:

Starbucks ice cream, I'm sorry to inform you that you have been downsized. While you used to be available in generous quart sizes, you're now just a pint. Someone thought they were being really clever by making your carton look like a to-go coffee cup. I wouldn't call that clever, though... I'd call it a lame attempt to cover up stupid decisions.


lauralee said...

I second ALL of that. Especially
the loss of the Frappucino Bars.
SHAME ON YOU, Howard Schultz. Bad,
Bad, Bad!

Matthew said...

Yeah, all ice cream has been downsized. Me, I've been upsized by eating so much %$#&ing ice cream.

ALSO try Caribou Coffee ice cream!

Anonymous said...

I too was devastated when White Chocolate Latte Ice Cream disappeared. Please, bring it back. We bought it from our local grocery market by the case!!!!!!!!!!!