Ithaca Trip Review Part 2: Starbucks


During my family’s 4-day trip in Ithaca, New York, we decided to take a drink at one of the most beloved coffee breweries across the United States: Starbucks. Starbucks is known for their incredible take on coffee, their flavorful original creations, and for being quite popular among all generations. When in Ithaca, my family and I stopped to grab some Starbucks twice. The first time, I stuck to my usual order, and the second time I decided to try one of their newest Frappuccino® drinks.

Starbucks’ Matcha Tea Frappuccino®: Starbucks’ Matcha Tea Frappuccino® has been my go-to order ever since I discovered my love for all-things matcha and green tea flavored. This drink is absolutely amazing. It has the sweetness that you would look for in a typical Starbucks drink, while also being balanced out by that slightly-grassy flavor. I am very much aware that this “grassy flavor” is what turns people off when they drink matcha tea. But I assure you that a little whipped cream in your Frappuccino® will cure all your worries.

Starbucks’ Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino®: Starbucks’ Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino® is essentially a “funnel cake-flavored syrup blended with [the standard frappuccino ingredients], layered with strawberry puree… and powdered-sugar-funnel-cake pieces”. I know that I’m definitely a sucker for funnel cake, so I thought that this would be the perfect drink to curb my funnel cake cravings. I must say, that this drink doesn’t live up to my expectations. I was hoping that the funnel cake-flavored syrup would taste just like funnel cake, while it merely just tasted like a sickly-sweet syrup that was a poor attempt at it. Additionally, the powdered-sugar-funnel-cake pieces resembled Rice Krispy Treat cereal pieces. Something about the drink that I did enjoy, was how the funnel cake pieces (possibly Rice Krispy Treat pieces) were incorporated into the drink itself. Every time that I took a sip, I would get a bunch of the small pieces along with the drink. This helped make the taste a bit more bearable. Though clearly this drink wasn’t perfect, I have to give Starbucks credit for attempting such a wild idea. And I believe with a bit more trial-and-error, this Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino® could end up being a huge success.

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