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Starbucks Fall Pastries

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Cathy

      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.

      1. re: Amuse Bouches

        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.

        1. re: kindofabigdeal

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

          1. re: dustchick

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

    2. 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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      1. re: ziggylu

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

        1. re: Cathy

          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.

      2. 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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        1. re: abs294

          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. anyone had the cinnamon chocolate bread? any good?

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          1. re: Emme

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

            1. re: Cathy

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

              1. re: Emme

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

                1. re: Emme

                  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.

              2. re: Emme

                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.

                1. re: Emme

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

                  1. re: kindofabigdeal

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

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

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                  1. re: Boychucker

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

                  2. 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. 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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                      1. re: rworange

                        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.

                        1. re: Cathy

                          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 :)

                      2. 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