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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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    Yummy Stuff 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

    1. rworange 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 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 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 :)

      2. PlatypusJ 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.

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          Boychucker 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 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. Emme Sep 22, 2007 08:46 PM

            anyone had the cinnamon chocolate bread? any good?

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              Cathy Sep 22, 2007 08:51 PM

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

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                Emme 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 Sep 22, 2007 09:09 PM

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

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                    mollyomormon 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 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 Sep 28, 2007 01:05 PM

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

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                      Emme 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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                    abs294 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 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.

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                      ziggylu 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 Sep 5, 2007 05:56 PM

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

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                          ziggylu 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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                        Cathy 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 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 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 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 Sep 29, 2007 05:07 AM

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

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