The Latest Starbucks Stuff to Brighten Your Gloomy Days

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The change of season can be quite irking to some because of the change of wardrobe, the extra umbrella baggage, and adjustments to the daily routine. Aside from this, the rainy season means that vacation period is over. HUHU


I wasn't able to hit the beach nor swimming resorts this summer. Bummer! The only good thing about not pursuing any water-related getaways these past months is that my body is not beach-ready. Haha 


I guess one of the remaining constants in life is that Starbucks never forget to put a smile on our face even if the rain is already coming. How can we not be giddy despite the gloomy weather when there are new Frappuccino flavors to try, new Starbucks Card to collect, new pastries to taste and new Coffee innovations to explore! ❤️

NEW FRAPPUCCINO FLAVORS ALERT!


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To be honest, Frappuccinos is my least ordered beverage at Starbucks. If you've read my past Sbux posts, you'll probably know that I'm one huge fan of Iced White Chocolate Mocha. Yet with exciting flavors like Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino and Banana Split Mocha Frappuccino (available for a limited time only), I wouldn't mind skipping my comfort drink to try out something new on my palate.


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When I first heard of the Banana Split Mocha Frappuccino, I couldn't imagine in my head on how the taste of this drink will turn out. Probably some of you have already judged this drink based on its name. Yes? 

The Banana Split Mocha Frappuccino is a rich mixture of Mocha Frappuccino blended with banana puree which is then layered on top of strawberry whipped cream. This concoction is then finished with regular whipped cream, a drizzle of rich chocolate, and crunchy waffle cone pieces.

Well, I guess we were all wrong when we said to our heads that this drink's got a bad combination. (banana and coffee) After tasting it, I figured out that this is not an impossible drink after all. I wasn't able to taste the hint of the strawberry whipped cream because the banana + chocolate flavor lingers on my tongue in every slurp. The waffle cone pieces were like an added treat after finishing one fulfilling cup of this Frappuccino beverage.

Beware though, some will still not get the taste of this drink (I've seen the look on my boyfriend's face), but I'm giving the Banana Split Mocha Frappe a two thumbs up! :)

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I know some people who would trade anything for coffee jelly! Guess what, the Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino is a new treatment to your usually guilty pleasure. At any time of the day, this drink can give you an extra kick to finish your deadline, even if the darkest of clouds already occupies the sky.

The Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino is handcrafted with Starbucks signature Coffee Frappuccino poured on top of creamy coffee pudding and then made even more delectable by espresso whipped cream and Turkish ground coffee sprinkles.

The right amount of bitterness can instantly be tasted in one, single gulp. With the Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino, I will never say no to cool Espresso Frappuccino treats! ☕️

Between these two limited Frappuccino flavors, I like the Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino better. It's the closest I can get to a cold coffee but with exciting jelly twists. :)

FOOD FOR THE ALWAYS-HUNGRY YOU


With the new selection of food to try at Starbucks, the Chocolate Marshmallow Cake immediately caught my attention! From afar, this cake looks like a big meringue in the freezer. hihi When I saw this uniquely looking cake for the first time, the sweet tooth in me wanted to get my hands on this marshmallow cake as soon as I can.

Marshmallow frosting + Moist Chocolate Layer Cake + Creamy Chocolate Truffle Filling = Sweet Tooth Heaven! 

I suggest pairing it with a cold brew or your favorite hot coffee variant for the best coffee & cake experience yet. ;)

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I also got to try the Baked Egg and Mozzarella Cheese with Black Truffle Dressing on Croissant Bun and Four Mushroom and Emmental Cheese on Boule Bread for breakfast some few mornings ago.  

Baked Egg and Mozzarella Cheese with Black Truffle Dressing on Croissant Bun
Being a fan of Sbux French Buttered Croissant, it was a no-brainer for me to try this sandwich. Those who don't like eggs for breakfast (like me) will change the way they look at eggs for brekky.

The sandwich filling is extra exciting because of the OVERLOADED CHEESE experience!! Aside from that, this dairy goodness filling makes egg more bearable because it's "lansa" taste isn't as prominent unlike when it's fried or poached.

The Baked Egg and Mozzarella Cheese with Black Truffle Dressing on Croissant Bun has a thick slice of baked egg, gooey melted mozzarella cheese and creamy black truffle dressing on Starbucks signature croissant bun.

One thing I don't like about this sandwich though is that its thick filling can be kind of overwhelming in the long run. I suggest you share it with someone if your breakfast appetite isn't big.

Four Mushroom and Emmental Cheese on Boule Bread
This sandwich has been my favorite for quite some years now because of the savory dressing of the mushroom mixed with a delicious, melted cheese. Yum! :p

The Four Mushroom and Emmental Cheese on Boule Bread has a soft and crusty Boule bread with fresh button, portobello, shiitake and oyster mushroom and Emmental cheese.

I wouldn't mind eating mushrooms for breakfast as long as it's this sandwich. When I ordered this few mornings ago, I thought something's different though. Starbucks must've changed its bread to boule bread for a full bread experience even after warming. 

MATCHA-MAZING!


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The Starbucks Via Matcha Green Tea finally landed our shores! I used to ask my sister to get me few boxes whenever she's going home from Japan. What I like about this Matcha sticks is that I can have a fulfilling green tea experience whenever I'm craving my fave Green Tea Latte in the wee hours of the day. 

If you feel like trying this out, I suggest you have a warm milk on hand for the best matcha experience at home.

DIY COLD BREW AT HOME


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Is Cold Brew working for you instead of the usual hot cup of joe? Starbucks finally launched the NariƱo 70 Cold Brew Pitcher Packs where you can enjoy a refreshing cup of Cold Brew even at home. 

There are two cold brew pitcher packs inside the box where you can make 1 cold brew pitcher per pack. Inside these packs are two big coffee ground bags (similar to tea bags) that you steep in the ref overnight to enjoy bold, super smooth, cold coffee all week.

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When creating your own pitcher of coffee, I highly advise you to have a dedicated pitcher solely for creating a cold brew. The coffee taste tends to stick on the container (especially the plastic ones) that's why you have to invest on pitchers that you can use for this.

I saw that Starbucks is also offering pitchers especially for Cold Brew in their stores for Php 995 per piece. It's got a tight seal that's needed when steeping your cold brew. (Hmmm thinking)

STARBUCKS CARDS FOR CHILLING


Starbucks Card Collectors! Here's your chance to grab these uniquely designed Starbucks Card in stores nationwide. :)

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Chill Mini Card | Php 500 minimum activation
Here's the Chill Mini Card that's inspired from Starbucks iced beverages which you can bring anywhere you go.

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Iced Coffee Card | Php 1000 minimum activation
You can pocket your favorite iced coffee this Summer with the Iced Coffee Card! ☕️

There's no reason to be annoyed by the sudden downpour of rain when you can always wait for it to stop on the nearby Starbucks branch while enjoying their new offerings. :)

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