Review: Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino from Starbucks
I tend to like my coffee and lot like I like my ice cream: cold, creamy, sweet, and in a waffle cone. And since the Texas heat has already started pushing 90 at the beginning of May, it seems like a perfect time to check out the new Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino from Starbucks.The Starbucks description:
We blend waffle cone-flavored syrup and dark caramel sauce with milk and ice. Then top it with whipped cream, real pieces of waffle cone and more dark caramel sauce. It’s a carnival delight, all grown up.
When considering a Frappuccino, I guess there’s an important point to get out of the way. And that is that there are essentially two types of people in this world: those who have a Frappuccino every day, and those who do not (I may be generalizing things a tad bit). I fall into the latter category and tend to only seek out the sweet, rich coffee drinks when new flavors are added. Unfortunately, the Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino doesn’t do enough to distinguish itself from the regular Caramel Frappuccinos offered by Starbucks.It starts out on a high note. The whipped cream, dark caramel sauce, and crunchy, glazed bits of waffle cone instantly create the sensation of ice cream in a waffle cone. The first sip or so, before the viscous coffee base begins to pool, even tastes of coffee ice cream in a waffle cone. The waffle cone pieces are the star, with a super crunchy texture and complex burnt sugar sweetness and buttery flavor.However, the taste is short-lived. The drink begins to melt quickly and the icy, light coffee flavor takes over. It’s hyper-sweet and familiar—not bad, but nothing above and beyond what caramel syrup, whole milk, and too much ice can provide. The coffee flavor comes across as watered down, and the dark caramel sauce drizzle gets lost in the lighter, saccharine flavors. While Starbucks advertises a waffle cone-flavored syrup, I really didn’t pick up any flavors of waffle cone on the drink itself. Light caramel, yes. Waffle cone? No way. I get it—waffle cone is not really so much a flavor as a texture sensation, but after the first few-spoonfulls of whipped cream and waffle pieces are consumed, there’s just nothing setting the drink apart. And if you’re anything like me, and are looking for a texture sensation to break up the gritty ice and coffee combination, then you’re going to be mildly disappointed.The Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino isn’t a bad drink, but it tastes too familiar and too sweet. The flavors that should define it—the waffle cone pieces and the dark caramel syrup—are applied with too much restraint, and make it hard to warrant a repeat buy for non-regular customers.
Pros: Glazed brown sugar and butter flavor in the waffle cone pieces provide memorable taste and crunchy texture. Dark caramel syrup has an excellent and deep flavor.
Cons: "Waffle cone syrup” is overly sweet and tastes like regular caramel syrup. Watered down coffee flavor. Not enough textural contrast to offset the gritty base.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $4.25 (half price from 3-5pm until May 15)
Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10
More Info: starbucks.com
300 calories, 12 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0.0 grams trans fat, 46 grams of carbs, 160 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of sugar, 0 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, 110 mg caffeine