Starting on March 22 for a limited time you can order the Crystal Ball Frappuccino at Starbucks. I had also wanted to try their new Bacon Gruyere Sous Vide Eggs Bites for a while. Perfect excuse to stop by Starbucks and spend just under $12 for an unusual brunch.
Getting Out Of The House
I had been in bed fighting off a family plague and recovering from exhaustion plus vertigo for days and I wanted to accomplish SOMETHING! I thought I could go down and renew my OHIP card and then go out for a treat.
The lineup ended up being secretly way longer than I expected and I regretted not making an appointment but to do so would mean waiting weeks. I naively thought I could just go down and do it no problem.
Turns out I now know how it feels to be treated like a homeless person and was denied until I can prove (in this day and age of paperless banking) that I exist. Until then, I don’t. It was BRUTAL!!! Physically, emotionally…
After that humiliation (too long a story to share here) and lots of tears on my way out past the hundred or so people who were in line behind me wondering what the hell did they do to that woman… I found a less-crowded Starbucks.
Crystal Ball Frapppuccino, Take Me Away!
To be honest, I was so hungry I dove into the egg bites first. Damn! Those were delicious. I personally have no interest in cooking my food in food grade plastic and warm water but it was exciting to finally get to try something cooked a la sous vide. I have to say, these were delicious. A bit on the pricy side but if you order an espresso drink right now they are only $3. Do it! You could really taste those three main flavours and they were perfectly balanced together.
I give their Sous Vides Egg Bites four and a half out of five wooden spoons. Only reason they did not get a higher rating is because of the price. They really are perfection.
I did not realize that the colour of your sprinkles was supposed to be your fortune. I got magic and apparently wonder, enchantment and owls are on their way to me. Alright! I love all of those things, especially owls. If an owl finds its way to me in Toronto, that will impress the hell out of me.
So how was the frappé? It was all peaches and cream. And by all, I mean, that is it. Nothing else. Not very complex. I was hoping that because it was peaches that they would use a real fruit peach syrup but sadly…
It was very perfumey and fake tasting. I love creamy drinks but because peach can be quite subtle (even the fake peach kind), sadly, this underwhelmed me.
I personally love peach flavour and even I was disappointed. Despite the “magical” fuchsia sprinkles I was more than a little let down. This was not a complex drink at all but maybe they were not going for that this time. If so, they missed the mark by being too one note with me.
I give this product three out of five wooden spoons.
Back to bed! Rest, rest, rest…
Heidi S. says
That sucks about the OHIP card. I really hope you are able to get it sorted easily.
I love hearing your thoughts and impressions on the last few Starbucks posts. I got a gift card for them back in January for my birthday and like to try something new most times I go. I tried the cherry mocha and I think one called a smoky butterscotch coffee before that. I hope to try the sous vide egg bites eventually too. Did the texture remind you of any egg dish you’ve had before?
Suzie the Foodie says
Thanks Heidi! OMG, it was epic. Took all I had physically to get there and when I saw that line? Working on getting a statement from my bank, had to pay $5 for it!
Wow, you just made my day. I am so glad that my posts have help inspire/warn you when it comes trying products at Starbucks. I hope you found my reviews accurate.
Good question about the sous vide eggs. First, get a knife if you try them. I struggled with my fork and they’re too big to eat in one bite, at least for me. The texture was quite firm but there was flexibility so it was a little unlike most things I have had. Much firmer than poached eggs but still tender like they are. I hope that helps!
First of all, I love the egg bites! I always get the white eggs type, though, as it is less caloric to eat on almost a daily basis (we get a free sandwich every day for snack or lunch), but today I tried the bacon’s, and oh yeah, it’s delicious!
Anout the Crystal Balls, I learned to prepared them for the clients yesterday, and I didn’t like them at all either! It’s fun to prepare and randomly choose the sprinkles color, but I found them too sweet and not impressive (as employees, besides the one daily food, we can drink as much as we want of any of their drinks. Too bad I’m not a coffee lover! I drink plenty of water, lol). The green around the cup is not suppose to represent anything, is more for the visual effect, btw. 😉
Suzie the Foodie says
That is wise Nydia! That is a cholesterol bomb, LOL. So glad you liked the bacon one too!
I am glad we are on the same page with the drink too and I agree, the random sprinkles is a cool idea. Wow, adding artificial colour just for aesthetics verifies this one is really half-assed, LOL. What a shame. Am I right that there is no real peach syrup in this one? Like, it’s a flavoured syrup, not a syrup with actual peaches in it? You can really tell.
Thanks for the feedback, Cubert!cialis