Monday, February 25, 2008
Starbucks’ new flavor is honey
HONEY, I'm home. Ha ha ha.
Starbucks' latest seasonal flavor for its various coffee drinks is -- drum roll -- honey, officially available on February 26, the same day that the chain will close all stores for an employee training session (although it was already being served on Saturday February 23 at the Starbucks on US 75 just south of Parker Road in Plano).
Honey will be prominently featured in two drinks -- honey lattes and honey Frappuccinos. A honey-ish syrup (not honey) is added to the drink; then real honey is drizzled over the top which, in the case of the Frappuccino, would be drizzled over the whipped cream.
That Starbucks continues to dream up new flavors that can be paired with coffee is no small feat. Some, such as chocolate or, well, chocolate, go with coffee naturally. Others such as peppermint might not initially seem like a logical fit but turn out to be better than you might expect.
Honey is a fairly delicate flavor; you might question whether it's a "flavor" at all. But some people already add honey as a sweetener to their coffee and tea drinks. And for the cult of folks who like to try new things, honey seems like an inoffensive way to satisfy the novelty bug, not to mention it's sweet.
One odd thing: the timing, given that honeybees in the United States have been under duress, with their population declining by 25% in the past decade, possibly due a pesticide called imidacloprid, made by Bayer CropScience, that is theorized to confuse bees and make them forget their way back to the hives.