NEW LOGO - Starbucks new logo is being released on both cups and merchandise today (they mention just four cities...Beijing, Paris, London and New York..I can't seem to find out if it's just those cities or all over). Notice the logo no longer incorporates the words "Starbucks". Guess they figure like McDonald's arches, that their new logo says enough. A few stores have also been said to have changed their signs with the new logo. Anyone seen the new logo on their cups today?
STARBUCKS PETITES - For their anniversary Starbucks is also debuting a line of "micro-sized sweet treats" which include cake pops (lets jump on the cake pop bandwagon Starbucks, but they are so last year!), mini-cupcakes, petite squares and whoopie pies. Each treat is said to be made with minimal ingredients and will be under 200 calories each.
There will be three kinds of cake pops: Birthday (170 Cal - Vanilla cake and icing, dipped in pink chocolate and white sprinkles), Rocky Road (180 cal - Chocolate cake and icing dipped in dark chocolate, rolled in mini-marshmallows and roasted almonds) and Tiramisu (170 Cal - Vanilla cake and Starbucks coffee icing, dipped in mocha chocolate and topped with a chocolate coffee bean). There are two types of mini cupcakes: Carrot Cake (180 Cal - Spiced carrot cake topped with cream cheese frosting, sprinkled with cake crumbs and carrot bits), Peanut Butter (170 Cal - Chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting topped with a mini peanut butter cup). One whoopie pie: Red Velvet (170 Cal - Cream cheese frosting sandwiched between two small red velvet cake pieces). Two sweet squares (traditional bar cookies): Lemon (120 Cal - Lemon curd on top of buttery shortbread drizzled with sweet white chocolate) and Salty Caramel (190 Cal - Salted Caramel and chocolate filling with a layer of crisp pretzels and pecans on top of a butter shortbread crust). I don't know about you but the Salty Caramel square with the Salted Hot Chocolate sounds like a great pairing! These little bites will run you $1.50 each or two for $2.50.
FREE SAMPLES - The good thing is that Starbucks will be giving away (while supplies last) free samples of their new Petites this Thursday (10th), Friday (11th) and Saturday (12th). All you have to do is buy a drink from them from 2 - 5 PM during those three days to get a sample.
COCOA CAPPUCCINO - Get ready to try a new coffee at your local Starbucks. Cocoa Cappuccino debuts today and features "caramelly espresso, bittersweet mocha sauce, steamed milk and a thick layer of silky foam". A tall with nonfat milk will run you 120 calories, with 2% milk 150.
TRIBUTE - As a "tribute" to you, the customers, Starbucks is releasing a new coffee (both in bean form as well as instant). It's called...wait for it...Tribute.
All photos from Starbucks. Check the Starbucks website for more info here: Starbucks.com