Beverages

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Starbucks has an officially sanctioned “secret” drink for Halloween: a Franken Frappuccino! “Secret” being kind of a misnomer since it’s officially sanctioned and there’s signage. So not really secret at all.

The frosty beverage is only available through October 31st, and according to Starbucks Melody, this is how it’s made:

Start with a green tea Frappuccino
Add java chips
Add 3 pumps of white mocha sauce
Add 3 pumps of peppermint syrup (and substitute that for the classic syrup – there’s no classic syrup in the Franken Frappuccino.)
Top with whipped cream and mocha drizzle.

Don’t be surprised if the cashier and barista can’t stop themselves from cringing if you order one.

(via Eater, photo by Jade Evans)

FridayTea

Have you ever grabbed a nerdy mug in the afternoon to make yourself a warm cup of tea and thought to yourself, “if only there was a way to make this geekier?” Well, there is thanks to Friday Afternoon Gourmet Teas! The Etsy shop specializes in creating tasty geeky tea blends and can even make you a nerdy custom blend if you have a particular theme in mind.

Their tea themes include Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, and more. All of their teas are loose leaf and they even sell geeky tea infusers too (like the above Star Trek and Doctor Who themed versions).

See some of Friday Afternoon’s geekiest teas after the break!

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Strawberry flavored milk is one thing, but Japan is now getting strawberry milk flavored Pepsi. It will be called “Pink Cola” and it is, in fact, very pink. This will be a limited edition flavor that will be made available beginning starting on December 9th, but it isn’t the first time it’s made an appearance. Pink Cola first went on sale in Japan back in 2011, so this return visit must mean it was a hit.

See photos of the 2011 version after the break.

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This Warp Pipe or “Level-Up” Mario-style mug is the perfect way to take your caffeine intake to the next stage. It holds 15 ounces of your beverage of choice and is microwave and dishwasher safe. If only it transported us to a magical world filled with coffee and biscotti.

Product Page ($12.99)

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Oh, the memories. It seems like just yesterday I was playing all those classic games on my Game Boy… oh, wait, I actually was playing my original Game Boy yesterday. Oops. Never mind.

If you’re fan of the original Game Boy like I am, then you’ll definitely love this mug from Etsy seller SandstormForever. I’m also giving Sandstorm bonus point for including a scene from a Pokemon battle on the front of the mug. I choose you, Cafe Boy!

Product Page: (£7.63 or $12.30 via Geeky Merch)

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Okay, so I’m a bit of a coffee snob, so when I heard about this new smart, WiFi-connected pour-over coffeemaker called Bruvelo, well, I kind of freaked out a little. Yeah, maybe I overreacted a bit (or maybe I’m just drinking too much coffee), but according to its Kickstarter page, the Bruvelo can create a handcrafted cup of coffee from start to finish. This includes filtering and pouring water, weighing and grinding beans and maintaining an optimal brewing temperature (199 degrees Fahrenheit).

It also features a number of preconfigured “flavor profiles” (Delicate, Balance or Robust) and you can activate it using an app. If you pledge $300 bucks now you can get the coffeemaker by June 2015 at the earliest. The Kickstarter campaign still has a ways to go before they hit the $150,000 goal, so if you want to make this coffeemaker a reality, you should probably head on over and pledge.

Check out the project video to see how it works after the break…

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Ahoy, mateys! There comes a time in every scallywag, salty sea dog or buccaneer’s life when he or she has to take a break from treasure hunting and relax with a nice cup of tea.

Now, if you’re a pirate who’s planning to brew up a spot of tea, you should probably pick up this T-Bones Tea Infuser. Now, the question is should you take that yoga class with your shipmate that has the peg leg? Yes. Yes you should.

Product Page: ($9.99)

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Planning a sci-fi/comic-themed Halloween party? Well, you’re going to need some festive cups for the event. Sure, you could go the ol’ Solo cup route, but if you want to do something special you’re going to need some exceptional drinking vessels. For instance, the above Alien-themed pint glasses have a retro flair and can carry 16 ounces of your favorite beverage. They also feature scenes from the movie paired with the four-part lifecycle of the Xenomorph.

If chestbursting isn’t your thing, you could always go the classic Marvel route with some Deadpool-themed pint glasses.

Check out the back of the Alien glasses along with the Deadpool versions after the break…

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Starbucks announced the release of a new seasonal drink to kick off the holiday season: the chestnut praline latte. This festive drink, which is the coffee chain’s first holiday beverage in five years, will make its official debut nationwide on Nov. 12.

So, will this chestnut-flavored cup of joe finally take down the pumpkin spice latte as the top seasonal Starbucks beverage? Maybe, though the new latte will have to deal with competition from other Starbucks winter standbys like the gingerbread latte and the peppermint mocha latte. The whole seasonal drink trend might be partially due to the dip in foot traffic for Starbucks, as noted in a statement by CEO Howard Schultz.

Holiday 2013 witnessed a seismic shift in consumer behavior in which many traditional brick-and-mortar retailers experienced a decline in foot traffic compared to significant growth in online shopping… Since that time, we have been focused on radically redefining the Starbucks retail experience for our partners, customers and stores.

Ok, so they’re trying to lure us back with caffeinated holiday cheer. I’m on to you, Starbucks. You can’t buy my loyalty with chestnut praline, peppermint and pumpkin spice. Unless you combine those flavors? Try it. See what happens.

(via Mashable / Image via Esparta Palma)

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Looks like we got a groovy cereal mystery on our hands, folks. Or at least we did. Recently, an unknown individual bought up all the boxes of County Chocula cereal from two grocery stores in Fort Collins, CO., and a few local cereal fans had to go without their beloved Chocula for a few days. One local shopper noted that she was especially displeased with the whole affair. The woman, who usually eats vegetarian and organic food, wrote to The Coloradoan to say that she likes to buy Count Chocula around Halloween as a personal treat. “Every year I greatly look forward to the month of October when I can purchase a few boxes of this delicious chococlatey (sic) goodness,” she wrote. But alas, she was out of luck.

Now, my money was originally on Old Man Jenkins, the owner of the sawmill down the way (where are those meddling kids when you need them to solve a mystery?), but  the real culprit was the general manager of Black Bottle, a craft brewing company. The manager noted that the brewery makes a special Cerealiously beer series–in the past they’ve done Golden Grahams, Reese’s Puffs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch–and this year they wanted to do a spin on the Count. “We put the cereal into a hop back so it doesn’t get into the beer,” the manager explained. “We did it as a joke at first, but the beer turned out well.”

Well, the mystery’s been solved. Hooray! And it looks like that aggrieved shopper might actually get her cereal too.

“I have a couple extra [boxes of Count Chocula]. I might have to award her a box,” the manager said.

(via The Consumerist / Image via Great Beyond)