There are certain rites of spring that we all live for: trips to the park, blooms on the trees and (most important) weather warm enough to eat ice cream. I was recently invited to a fabulous event where I got a chance to try new ice cream flavors from Starbucks Ice Cream before they hit the market and I’m here to tell you: these are must-haves for the season.
The three new flavors, Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, Signature Hot Chocolate and Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino, are based on popular flavors of beverages available at their many locations. Let me just tell you right now that based on personal experience that if you are fans of these beverages, these ice creams taste like the real thing. They use real vanilla beans, chocolate and strawberries in them (respectively) and honestly, the taste is not to be believed. As someone who doesn’t really have a sweet tooth (I know, I know – don’t start), these are flavors that I will be purchasing and keeping in my own home. They’re THAT GOOD.
At the launch event, we were treated to some amazing recipes using the ice cream from chef Kristina Vanni, culinary expert and author of Kristina The Budget Diva. Here’s a mind-blowing dessert recipe for a Mixed Berry Sundae: melt butter in a skillet, then toast two slices of pound cake until golden brown. Toss in some mixed berries until everything is nice and warm and buttery. Plate your pound cake and add a scoop of the Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino, (or Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, for those of us who like vanilla). Top with the mixed berries and serve. Mind-blowing and for those of you looking to entertain, a total crowd pleaser!
The new flavors are available by the pint (Vanilla Bean Frappuccino® is also available as a single-serve cup.) Prices range from $3.89 – $4.39 (single-serve cups have a suggested retail price of $1.29 – $1.39) and are available NOW at your favorite grocery store. Check their website for more information and locations.
Because it’s that time of the season and you know how that goes: I’m screaming, you’re screaming, we’re all screaming for ICE CREAM. Starbucks has heard our cries and delivered what’s bound to the treat of the season. Bon appetit!