Hometown Cravings: Craving that Flower Power!

Hey there, guys! I’m coming at you with the newest of the new from Starbucks, the Tie-dye frappe! I don’t know enough about the fabled summer of love, other than hendrix and woodstock, so I’m going to pretty much jump right in.

     This frappe, isn’t quite as aesthetic as I imagined. Really, it’s a little hectic lookin… Can I do better? Probably not. The predominant color is yellow in this particular drink. Which is way new to me, for Starbucks. I’ve seen them do green (I think), purple, pink and now yellow? I might be missing a couple. 

     Drinking this reminds me of bananas… but not like, banana-bananas. Those little banana candies you’d get from the coin machines…. RUNTS. I remember now! I used to love those things, and honestly, that’s the only banana I like. Which makes a lot of sense, because its flavor is not based off of our bananas. It’s based off of an early 1900’s banana called the Gros Michel, I’ll put a little excerpt below for that article if you’re curious and also link the full thing for further reading!

By the 1960s, the Gros Michel was effectively extinct, in terms of large scale growing and selling. Enter: the Cavendish, a banana cultivar resistant to the fungal plague. It’s the banana that we eat today.

Just a little entertaining fact for you guys! Should I include little facts and sources for you guys? That would be fun. Anyways, I digress! This drink tastes like straight Runts bananas. I sipped a lot in quick succession and both got brain freeze, and did not find any additional flavors. I’m kind of suspecting that the other colors we see in the drink above is for show. By the time I got it home, the other colors were dissolved. Marceline thinks the whipped cream is cute, though. What about you?

     I will say that the banana flavor kind of chills out after a while, thankfully. Because I can only eat so many Runts before I’m tired of it. I don’t hate it- but I wish other flavors participated more. Based on the temporary colors of this Tie-dye, I expected that there would be more strawberry? But, boy was I proven wrong!

Taste;/5

     I don’t know what to say about this one. The Tie-dye frappucine was one that was way different than I expected. I don’t know what I actually expected, but this wasn’t it. It wasn’t bad, per se, but not my favorite. I probably won’t be getting this one again, in contrast to the Unicorn Frappucino.

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