Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Banana Coconut Frappuccino®

The fact that banana is Starbucks' summer '06 flavor: not news. But it was officially announced today, along w/ the fact that (and here's what prompts today's item) Starbucks will hand out 90K bananas to customers in 21 cities to kick-off the campaign... "to celebrate the season w/ the spirit of Carnival", whatever the F that means. No data yet on which cities get the treasured free bananas (let it please be us, dear god, let it be us). But while we're here, what say we go ahead & list the new dwinks, which reportedly use real banana puree & which'll be avail til aug 30: Banana Coconut Frappuccino®, Banana Caramel Frappuccino®, & Banana Mocha Frappuccino®, which i dunno, does that really sound like it'd be good? certainly not as good as malt

19 Comments:

At May 16, 2006 8:07 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Blech. I love banananannas but it's too strong of a flavor to make any of those sound like good combinations.

 
At May 16, 2006 9:49 AM, Blogger Kirk said...

I think they're just trying to see what horrible flavor combinations they can come up with and serve to their loyal, addicted customers.

As our pal H.L. said, "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."

 
At May 16, 2006 9:52 AM, Blogger Dean said...

How about a Banana Foster Frapp?

 
At May 16, 2006 10:01 AM, Anonymous babe said...

Here's what I notice about Scott and Kirk: They're always first up at bat, and they're always right.

With bases loaded here, I wish I could knock out a home run. But as you can see, this comment isn't even a line drive.

And there is the end of my baseball rumination.

 
At May 16, 2006 10:03 AM, Anonymous copy-cat said...

T.G., I'm impressed with your Registered Trademark symbols. Way to blow Starbucks!

 
At May 16, 2006 11:07 AM, Anonymous tg said...

hey "Copy-Cat" thanks for your nice words about my registered trademarking skills! it took me a lot of time to get those in there and now it feels like it was all worth it

banana foster is actually a new Ben & Jerry's flavor, how do you like that. but like scott, i can't fathom a banana-flavored coffee drink.

hey kirk, for the next sbux flavor, whaddo you think about "kool-aid"?!

(word verification: ouqtgnur)

 
At May 16, 2006 11:17 AM, Anonymous Jody Foster said...

Orange you glad I didn't say banana?

 
At May 16, 2006 11:40 AM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Do these drinks have any coffee content to them whatsoever? Choc-banana and coconut-banana would seem to ap-PEEL to the orange julius masses.

 
At May 16, 2006 2:42 PM, Blogger BK said...

When I was a kid growing up in Calgary, walking to school uphill in 3 feet of snow both ways, we used to stop at the local mall for an Orange Julius.

I LOVED Orange Julius! These drinks, however, do not ap-PEEL to me at all.

And, is Orange Julius still around, somewhere??

 
At May 16, 2006 4:03 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

BK:
According to the Orange Julius website, there are three in the general area of Dallas: one in Lewisville and two in Fort Worth. In malls, of course.

TG:
Kool-Aid sounds a bit pedestrian for the Wizards of Starbucks. Unless, of course, they renamed it something like Valencia-Yergacheffe-Citrus-Fair-Trade-FrappaKooler.

 
At May 16, 2006 4:13 PM, Anonymous tg said...

kirk, i was thinking kool-aid as in comparing starbucks to the rev jim jones. since you mentioned how starbucks'll concoct anything to serve to their loyal, addicted customers. "don't drink the kool-aid!", get it? is that a stretch? yes. have i slept much in the past few days? no. i'd best be avoiding the kool-aid myself

 
At May 16, 2006 5:44 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

TG: In that case, yes, I think the Kool-Aid comparison is very apropos! I was trying to think of some obscure reference to The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test. Shows you where my cultural references are stuck.

 
At May 16, 2006 7:42 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

The Ken Kesey flavor would be just fine for Ben and Jerry's.

 
At May 16, 2006 8:20 PM, Anonymous tom robbins said...

I'm partial to the all thumbs flavor, myself, and get the blues whenever it's not in the local drugstore freezer.

 
At May 17, 2006 10:52 AM, Blogger madpercolator said...

As a certifiable coffee addict, I have to officially exercise my vote against this flavor. Bananas do NOT belong in coffee (with VERY limited exception).

I didn't know a thumbs-flavor was being offered outside of Wendy's...

 
At May 18, 2006 11:16 AM, Anonymous Abi said...

Mmmm, nothing like some banana-flavored coffee nonsense. I saw the new campaign this morning when I purchased an iced soy chai (65 degrees and 75% humidity at 10am!). It makes me think of the 'Jungle Book' section of Disneyland.

 
At May 19, 2006 10:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is delicious for the first two sips, but after that it just tastes sicky sweet. Oog.

 
At June 04, 2006 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to the AIDS Walk Boston and they ad an endless supply of them and they gave out free gift cards!

 
At September 14, 2006 6:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it sounds like a good idea. Seems like it would taste good. Although I am quite frightened about what they think of next. This is border line.

 

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