Hometown cravings: The Three Big Yums

Hey guys! I know I missed a couple posts- honestly, I’m not in a good headspace. I’m hoping things get better soon, but no improvement yet. I don’t want to bore you guys with my mental health woes, partially because I don’t want to wallow in my self-pity here, but also because I want to show you the three Frappes that are now at Starbucks. One of which, is returning, the other two are new if I’m not mistaken.

The first one they have is the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino, it is delectable. Starbucks, please keep this! The first thing to hit is the scent of caramel and toffee on top of the marshmallow whipped cream. I did notice that first sip is almost aggressively sweet and rich, which is fine. It’s very caramel, so not for those of you who are more casual partakers of caramel.

This was the first one I tried, and I was hooked. I’m not going to let it replace my Macchiato due to caloric content, but it’s definitely up there with my favorite frappes. Some sips have. It does little bit of a bitter tinge, maybe it’s more nutty? It adds a great contrast to the sweetness.

I wasn’t sure which one to do next, but I ended up going with the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino. The first sip was following the caramel one with aggression. It’s a more rich, almost dark chocolate flavor. Like a frozen hot chocolate. I’d recommend this one if you’re a fan of really chocolatey flavors. How many ways can I find to say that I really enjoyed this one too? How many things can you say about a drink that amounts to a mocha with cookies in it? Guys, if you want chocolate, drink this. It will obliterate your craving.

The last one is the one that is making a temporary return. The Starbucks S’mores Frappuccino. This came to me topped sky-high with marshmallow whipped cream covered in graham crackers. This is the first time I’m able to taste the whipped cream unfettered by other flavors, and oh my god. It tastes so nostalgic to me for some reason. It reminds me of Halloween.Or, is it the little Santas you get that are marshmallows covered in chocolate? Maybe it tastes like Easter? My point is, it’s really, really good.

When I finally got around to sipping the actual drink I found it to be likewise pretty good. By this time the sugar high is starting to hit me, because I have all three of these sitting in front of me, so I’ll try to focus. It tastes primarily like the Marshmallow whipped cream, but also vaguely like honey. It’s exceptionally rich, and I think I prefer it to the chocolate one.

Which is Your Favorite?

Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino
Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino
S’mores Frappuccino
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Trying my Luck with Origin Coffee for St Paddy’s Day!

Trying my Luck with Origin Coffee for St Paddy’s Day!

   Happy St Paddys day, everyone! Or…. post-St Paddys day, since this is going up on Monday, the day after St. Patrick’s day. This weekend I hunted around town, since I feel kind of jipped by the lack of Seasonal drinks from my guilty pleasure, Starbucks. I did find a tiny Starbucks in the hospital, that had two seasonal drinks. One a Paddy Mint, which I assume would have been mint chocolate. And the other, was a Fruity Pot of Gold, or raspberry, blackberry and vanilla. The Fruity Pot of Gold was fantasic.

     Anyway, this post isn’t about Starbucks. It’s about my favorite little local coffee shop; Origin Coffee House. I walked up to their door and saw that they had not one, but three options for my festivities. I took my chance with the top option on their board; the stout. You guys may know my abivalence on whether or not I like hazelnut, counting on the chocolate and caramel toning it down.

    I took a hunch and used heavy cream, in lieu of my whole milk for the added sweetness and richness it affords. On first sight, I noticed a conspicuous lack of green. Which is more an aesthetic grievance than anything else. The drink itself is very, very rich. Almost reminescent of a syrup? It lingers sweetly on the tongue, with the strong flavor of mocha. Caramel offered a pleasant sweetness just underneah the mocha, with the nuttiness from the hazelnut being so subtle as to be nearly not there. 

     The main reason I went with heavy cream was to drown out the nutty undertones, and I’m thinking that should not have been done. I may go back and try another thing off the list tomorrow, if time allows. I’m really curious to find out whether or not I enjoy Irish Cream. So far I’m starting my St Paddy’s Day weekend on a slightly highnote, because I’m never upset when I have coffee. I feel like my choice of heavy cream may have dampened this particular drink. I’d probably love this with the whole milk- which is going to be my second taste! 

Photo by Anthony from Pexels

       If you guys are pushing any boundaries with flavors, or trying anything new, let me know in the comments below!