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Starbucks Fall Pastries

Amuse Bouches Sep 5, 2007 02:45 PM

So I went to Starbucks yesterday (so sue me - there's one in my office building and at 90+ degrees, one of those iced blueberry white teas sounded mighty appealing) and found the release of fall drinks -- the pumpkin spice lattes. I passed on the pumpkin spice (didn't really appeal in this weather) but couldn't resist the new pastries -- in addition to last year's pumpkin cream cheese muffin (OK) and pumpkin scone (good but sweet) they are offering a pumpkin empanada (I succumbed to this - basically like a piece of pumpkin pie but portable and quite tasty) and a couple of pastries designed by Marcus Samuelsson of NYC's Aquavit -- Chocolate Cinnamon bread and a somewhat pedestrian looking caramel apple cake.

Anyone else tried these? Any feedback?

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    Cathy RE: Amuse Bouches Sep 5, 2007 04:20 PM

    Um. Yes. There was another thread last week. I don't know how to make the link thingy.

    All bakery items are locally supplied so not all locations in the US would have the same items or quality.

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      Amuse Bouches RE: Cathy Sep 5, 2007 04:47 PM

      I'm pretty sure there are some seasonal ones that are nationwide (like pumpkin scones, and the Samuelsson stuff which is featured on the website.) However, I can't get their Black and White cookies, which used to be pretty good when I lived in NYC, in LA, and I think the LA ones have a local donut maker.

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        kindofabigdeal RE: Amuse Bouches Sep 28, 2007 09:33 AM

        I think that they get local commercial bakeries to bake some things, so even though they are the same item, with the same recipe, they may still vary in quality. I found scones in Phoenix to be pretty good, but around Dallas they aren't. Could be a climate matter too though.

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          dustchick RE: kindofabigdeal Sep 28, 2007 11:52 PM

          I've also found that the pumpkin scones in Phoenix are better than elsewhere.

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            kindofabigdeal RE: dustchick Sep 29, 2007 05:07 AM

            that's funny, cause it's the pumpkin scones i was thinking of.

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      ziggylu RE: Amuse Bouches Sep 5, 2007 05:42 PM

      Is it too early still for the gingerbread loaf or does that come out as the same time as the pumpkin items? It's the only bakery item I've ever liked at Starbucks.

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        Cathy RE: ziggylu Sep 5, 2007 05:56 PM

        Gingerbread comes out with the Christmas stuff. I think November 1.

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          ziggylu RE: Cathy Sep 5, 2007 06:35 PM

          Thanks! Don't need to make a trip to find out(it's the only time I stop in really). I know the pumpkin stays around through the holiday and couldn't remember if they came out together in the fall or not.

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        abs294 RE: Amuse Bouches Sep 21, 2007 11:02 AM

        I had an iced pumpkin spice latte the other day and it was pretty good. I can't wait until the eggnog lattes and cranberry bars come back though. I usually only go to Starbucks when they're available!

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          rxenergie RE: abs294 Sep 21, 2007 12:18 PM

          I don't drink coffee, but like you said, I stop by for their cranberry bliss bars! They are a very good occasional treat.

        2. Emme RE: Amuse Bouches Sep 22, 2007 08:46 PM

          anyone had the cinnamon chocolate bread? any good?

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            Cathy RE: Emme Sep 22, 2007 08:51 PM

            Bakery and sandwich/lunch items are produced locally. Where are you located?

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              Emme RE: Cathy Sep 22, 2007 09:01 PM

              Los Angeles... it's in all the S'Bucks I've been in in the past week...

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                Cathy RE: Emme Sep 22, 2007 09:09 PM

                Haven't seen it in San Diego. I go daily.

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                  mollyomormon RE: Emme Sep 25, 2007 01:27 PM

                  I was in St. Louis this weekend and it was there as well, but I still haven't tried it because I can't justify the calories until I hear from someone who has tried it. Looks yummy, though.

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                Cathy RE: Emme Sep 25, 2007 11:30 AM

                Got a sample in a San Diego Starbucks as I type...be forewarned I never have a chocolate craving and I am not a cinnamon person.

                It is more cake than bread. Moist. I can discern it is dark chocolate as the bitterness is on the back of my tongue. The cinnamon is more predominant a flavor, and is light-pleasant. Topping is a sugar cinnamon mix and not overwhelming.

                All in all, it is not offensive and I would eat it but would not crave. It's only $1.95 and cut in a big ole chunk, so is kind of worth it as a sweet to go with coffee.

                I found out that Starbucks is trying to also have 'uniformity' in its pastries and sandwiches nation wide, so experimenting with recipes. But - still will be produced by local bakeries-so will be fresh.

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                  kindofabigdeal RE: Emme Sep 28, 2007 01:05 PM

                  I had a sample. Nothing special, but not bad.

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                    Emme RE: kindofabigdeal Sep 29, 2007 09:16 PM

                    I'll save the calories and the tummy ache (gluten intolerance) for the streusel coffee cake splurge.

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                  Boychucker RE: Amuse Bouches Sep 24, 2007 04:59 PM

                  LOVE the chocolate cinamon bread. Really chocolatey and a hint of cinnamon. It's really really good.

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                    pescatarian RE: Boychucker Sep 25, 2007 01:34 PM

                    They provide a recipe for the chocolate cinnamon bread on their website: http://www.starbucks.com/flash/coffee...

                  2. PlatypusJ RE: Amuse Bouches Sep 27, 2007 06:44 PM

                    I didn't enjoy the pumpkin empanada at all. I asked them to warm it up. The pumpkin tasted like it came straight from a can with some nutmeg sprinkled on the top. The empanad felt grainy due to the course sugar on top. All in all, I could taste each flavor individually, as if they wanted nothing to do with each other.

                    1. rworange RE: Amuse Bouches Oct 7, 2007 08:22 PM

                      The hot pumpkin latte tastes like nothing this year, no pumpkin flavor and not much spice either. A waste of over $3 for a small size, IMO.

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                        Cathy RE: rworange Oct 7, 2007 09:29 PM

                        thought it was just me, but you are right, rw. The Mister ordered one ysterday and I complained, they re-did it and it still was kind of just warm milk and a little coffee flavored. I saw some syrup stuck on the inside and stuck my finger in it and still no flavor. Asked for a hot chai latte and it had that "winter spice" flavor he wanted. I mostly just get coffee anyhow, so am never disappointed.

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                          momof3 RE: Cathy Oct 17, 2007 01:22 PM

                          next time ask for an "extra shot" and an extra pump of the pumpkin spice. I like one pump of the pumkin spice in a tall cup of brewed coffee. Just enough :)

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                        Yummy Stuff RE: Amuse Bouches Oct 11, 2007 11:14 AM

                        i tried their b-berry white tea thing sice it was a featured special of the day athough not @ a $pecial price?!) oddly enough it hardly tasted of b-berry Although last year they had samples of their pumpkin latte & it was better than i thought not too sweet just how i like it! Here in YUL we don't have the same pastries as the States but it seems some pple like it fresh in the mornin

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