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Weird Al has called out Starbucks on their evil red cups (which are clearly the work of the Devil). But Starbucks isn’t stopping there! Look for Cthulhu Cappuccino and delectable Krampus Cake offerings in the near future.
Check out the tweet after the break…
You may have heard about the controversy surrounding Starbucks plain red cup this year. Starbucks claims the minimalist design isn’t intended to be part of a “war on Christmas”, rather it’s supposed to be blank canvas for customers to create their own stories. Carrah Aldridge, an Ohio-based artist, knows all about that.
She uses the cups as her canvas, and she creates a wide range of cool, creative art pieces using only sharpies, a white gel pen and copic markers. She posts her creations to her Instagram, and you can check out a selection of her astounding work after the break.
Realizing that fall flavors need to consist of more than just Pumpkin Spice, Starbucks has launched a new Toasted Graham Latte. The beverage, which is described as being “reminiscent of favorite fall memories… inspired by the nostalgic flavor of milk left behind in the cereal bowl,” and “graham crackers and milk all grown up” is a basic latte enhanced with a cracker-and-sweet cream base and a topping of cinnamon graham crackers.
It even comes in a whimsical new fall-themed cup design.
The Toasted Graham Latte (or TGL) is now available across the U.S. and Canada and can also be ordered on the company’s new mobile order and pay ahead platform.
Starbucks recently announced on their blog that their famous Pumpkin Spice Latte will actually contain pumpkin starting this fall. More specifically, it will be made with 2% pumpkin puree and without any caramel coloring.
Previously, the PSL’s flavor was the result of an assortment of spices (like ginger, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon).
Not surprisingly, the PSL is Starbucks’ most popular seasonal drink. Since it was introduced in 2003, the company has sold more than 200 million of ’em. So why are they tinkering with the recipe now? A number of major food and beverage companies–ranging from General Mills to Panera–have recently caved to customer pressure to do away with artificial ingredients. Starbucks is simply following this trend. Will it taste the same? Will it taste better? We won’t have to wait long to find out.
Check out new PSL’s ingredient list after the break…
If you’re a coffee fan with a penchant for pop culture, then you’ll love these custom Starbucks-style coffee mugs from Etsy seller EternalRivalDesigns. Each mug features a cool character from popular anime, manga, video games and movies. I mean, the guy offers everything, including a mug with Captain Falcon on it. If you pick up that mug, you can tell everyone that your cup of coffee has a real “Falcon punch”.
Check out some more mugs after the break…
You may have thought that deep-fried butter was the pinnacle of outlandish fair food, but the powers that be at the San Diego County Fair have found something else to tempt you away from dollars: deep-fried Starbucks coffee.
The concoction reportedly consists of deep fried balls of dough stuffed with ground coffee, dusted with sugar, topped with whipped cream and served on a stick.
The fried coffee is available at the Bacon-A-Fair booth, although there’s no word yet on how it actually tastes.
Starbucks has come up with six new Frappuccino flavors in honor of the drink’s 20th anniversary. There is Cotton Candy and Lemon Bar for those seeking a coffee-free option. The remaining flavors are Caramel Cocoa Cluster, Cinnamon Roll, Red Velvet Cake, and Cupcake.
They made their debuts on June 8th and patrons are invited to vote for their favorite from June 19 through June 30th. The winning flavor will be announced on social media on July 3rd and then be available at a special price through the 4th of July weekend.
See more pictures after the break.
Because your Frappuccino isn’t sweet enough already, you’ll now be able to enjoy it through a cookie straw. Starbucks has just introduced the “rolled sweet wafer biscuit lined with rich chocolate ganache” at stores in the US and Canada. You can add one to your order for $.95.
Needless to say, this sort of thing won’t help Starbucks in its quest to be taken seriously in the coffee world. Maybe they should convert to a milkshake shop that just happens to sell coffee.