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Jul 15, 2008 09:06 AM

Starbucks Vivanno Smoothies??

I tried both flavors this morning and thought they were great. Anyone else try them yet? Thoughts?

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  1. I had no clue what these were, so I did a search, the attached article discusses them.
    They sound surprisingly good for you. How was the level of sweetness? I find their frappucino's way too sweet.

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    1. re: michele cindy

      I just looked at and nutrition information. You can get it made with ice, milk or Naked juice.

      Need to go and see the price. One whole banana in each one. My favorite fruit!

      1. re: Cathy

        This is another desparate attempt from Starbucks to keep business. I lived Starbucks for the past 10 or so years however I think the lust went away after they opened one on every corner and they changed their espresso machines almost 5 years ago.

        If I want a smoothie, I will go to Jamba Juice.

        1. re: BellaDonna

          Of course it is a business decision. Starbucks always does something different for the summer...last year they had blueberry something as well as raspberry and orange mochas.

          Quite a few fast food restaurants in Southern california have introduced new beverages this summer, some I think, trying to jump on the Jamba Juice bandwagon.

          Jack in the Box for one has a choice of smoothies that are fruit juice and yogurt based.

          Taco Bell has an all strawberry and a mango strawberry fruit freeze.

          Even Wendy's is doing something with their milkshakes (discussed on this board).

          Then, we all know McDonald's and Burger King have jumped into making iced coffees.

          Starbucks is going for two drinks, each banana and protein based.

          Seems fair. The best will win.

          I happen to like what the store sign advertises: Starbucks Coffee.

          1. re: BellaDonna

            Anything to offer on, you know, the taste of the product in question in the OP?

            1. re: ccbweb

              Well, they taste like they are "healthy" for you---chalky and bland. They unfortunately cater to the millions of folks who think that healthy and tasty are exclusive of each other.

              If anyone REALLY knows what "healthy" is....

              1. re: chris in illinois

                They just came out on Tuesday.

                Did you give it back and tell them it did not taste right?

                I had a sample of the mango orange banana made with ice yesterday and it was just fruity...I couldn't even tell there was fiber added.

                1. re: Cathy

                  I work at a place that serves them---I'll leave it at that---I've had them in all their varieties (w/strawberry, w/espresso, etc)...IMO, they just don't taste very good. There are no Jamba Juice places around here, so I can't make any comparisons on that score.

                  This isn't some anti-starbucks rant, I'm simply unimpressed about this product and I wonder who their target market is.

                  1. re: chris in illinois

                    had the banana orange mango was today and it was great, very smooth and fruity. a get-again drink for me

                    1. re: chris in illinois

                      Target is the Jamba Juice crowd who want drive through, near as I can tell. Might also be the people who accompany the die hard coffee drinkers.

                      Only two flavors offered here in San Diego-and online- neither with strawberry. I might try the chocolate one with espresso and the mango one with green tea...if I want to spend $4.25 for a beverage (I am inside a *$ right now and am drinking...what is it? Oh-there on the outdoor sign- "coffee").

                      Just had another sample and it tasted quite refreshing. Again, no hint of the protein powder or fiber. Just juice and banana.

                      1. re: Cathy

                        If the target market is the Jamba Juice crowd, then why bother marketing and selling in Michigan where there isn't a Jamba for a few time zones.
                        I had the banana chocolate today and it wasn't bad. Reminded me of when my husband used to make them years ago. The orange/mango/banana was just ok....couldn't taste the mango at all. Probably wouldn't buy that flavor. I need to look at the nutritional value to see if I should splurge.

              2. re: BellaDonna

                No. BIG difference.

                Jamba Juice smoothies, as well as smoothies from fast food places, are just pointless fruity dessert sugar bombs. People drink too much juice under the impression that it's OK to have a ton of sugar if it comes from fruits.

                Starbucks smoothies have twenty grams of protein, so actually go very well in a fitness lifestyle as a pre-, post-, or mid-workout beverage. In fact, I always have them double the protein powder, and they don't even charge extra (probably because there isn't a button on the register for it).

              3. re: Cathy

                Just to clarify, the orange mango blend has orange mango juice, ice, 2% milk, a whole banana, and protein/fiber powder. The chocolate banana blend has mocha syrup and no juice but has otherwise the same ingredients as the orange mango. It can be made with soy, non-fat, or anyother milk. They are about 260 calories, have 16 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber. Changes slightly depending on what milk you chose.

                1. re: momof3

                  According to the website, and people in the store, you can have them made with ice or milk.

                  Both have a whole banana and there is only one size. It is $3.75 out here plus 50¢ for a shot of espresso or add matcha.

                  The site and ads in store says bittersweet cocoa, not mocha syrup. That would make the only sweetness in that choice be from the banana, which I might like.

                  (Nutrition chart on website says the chocolate banana in the grande size made with 2% is 270 calories)

                  1. re: Cathy

                    that's kinda right, I am a starbucks manager and only stating facts for clarification. The mocha syrup we use is technically bittersweet, its the same we use in all mocha/chocolate beverage recipes. You are also correct in stating that the sweetness does mostly come from the perfectly ripened bananas used. Both drinks use milk and ice.

                    1. re: momof3

                      I was given a sample of the banana-orange-mango and thought it was pretty tasty, although I'm not much of a smoothie person. I'd like to try the other. Momof3, you say you all use the same mocha syrup that's in the other drinks. Does that mean we have the option of choosing the sugar-free mocha syrup? Thanks!

                      1. re: almccasland

                        The sugar-free mocha has been discontinued due to not meeting the expectations of the partners and customers. If you wanted another sugar-free flavor (caramel might be good) you can definately get that substitution.

                        1. re: momof3

                          Oh no! That skinny mocha was my recovery drink in the winter after those cold, long weekend runs!

                          I do appreciate the tip on the other sugar-free options, though, and will give that a shot. I'll try it as-is, first, though. Thanks again!

                          1. re: momof3

                            Noooooooooooo! No more sugar free mocha?? Sad. :-(

                2. re: michele cindy

                  I had one of the chocolate/banana ones this morning (no espresso). I was surprised at the UN-sweetness. I'd say the sweet comes mostly from the banana, the chocolate being (as advertised) bittersweet. I liked it, but you're not going to confuse it with a milkshake.

                3. I decided to try the banana/chocolate one yesterday. I had them add a shot of espresso. I'm not sure what I expected...I guess I wanted it to be sweeter. My son got the same drink sans espresso and his tasted relatively sweeter and more banana-ier. Mine tasted sort of like green banana, so I would say that the ripeness of the banana is key. Put it this way, it tastes like you're drinking something "healthy." My curiosity has been sated and I don't need to get another one.

                  1. I've already had the banana chocolate twice. Prior to the Vivannos, I didn't really go to Starbucks much but now I think I'm addicted. It tastes really good, and doesn't make me feel gross after drinking it!

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                    1. re: Chew on That

                      I just had the banana chocolate after a long run this morning and I loved it! I too never go to Starbucks as I don't drink coffee and never felt the need to try anything on their menu. I think this smoothie is a nice addition to the menu though, as either a healthy snack or even a light meal. The only downside was paying $4 for it!

                      1. re: Laura D.

                        Yea, I'm definitely hooked. I wish I could get those treat receipts for $2 drinks to qualify for more than just the same day after 2 pm

                    2. They have arrived in England. Slightly annoyed that they only come in Tall (rather than Grande) and cost £3.25 ($6.50).

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                      1. re: nanette

                        wow, I guess that's the difference btwn the super strong euro and our poor weak dollar. Here they only come in Grande and they cost $4

                        1. re: momof3

                          I had the mango banana. Not too sweet and quite fresh tasting. I asked for it without milk but they wouldn't do it though.

                          1. re: momof3

                            I've had the mango Vivanno at 2 different Starbucks so far and they made it without the milk and the protein and added honey. I really like it. Probably better than Jambo juice which I really love too. I don't do sugar and dairy at Jambo though so I'm just comparing the natural ones. I'm upset about the English price differerential - it's a smaller drink for a lot more money? I live in England and am going back there at the end of the summer.

                          2. re: nanette

                            Not nitpicking - just want to point out that England uses the pound which is also strong against the dollar. But everything there is a ripoff anyway. I always drink decaf with honey (probably sounds gross but I don't eat sugar). They don't have honey there and they don't brew decaf so I have to get "Americano" which is espresso with extra water and it really isn't nearly as good. I'm looking forward to having Vivannos there although it's almost always too chilly for cold drinks.

                            1. re: relda

                              Strong or not, it is still smaller and nearly twice the price.

                              1. re: nanette

                                I had one last week. I liked it. The one thing they boast is a whole banana in each drink or at least I was under that impression. Well, when they leave half the concoction in the blender b/c the cup is too small, then you are only getting half a banana if not less. I wanted the rest of my drink not just a small cupful! Every time one is ordered does the staff get to drink the rest? For $4 I want the whole dang thing! Edit to add: I just reread that article that michele cindy posted and yes, they do say a whole banana is in each drink!

                                1. re: chocchipcookie

                                  Don't know what your server is doing but whenever I go to my SB they're especially meticulous about measuring it out (like with their other drinks the container has markings on how much liquid to pour and they also freeze the banana for better texture). They pour an exact serving every time. If you feel they're straying from the recipe -- point it out.

                          3. I love these! It was very tasty, and surprisingly filling!