If you drink coffee, chances are you’ve been to a Starbucks in the past little while and you’ll know that they’ve rolled out a new line of baked goods. I’ve also noticed that the prices for said baked goods has increased since the new line has been launched which leads me to the question: are you doing this because you want me to have a better product to chomp on or are you doing this to make more money?
You see, I don’t have an answer to this question. I’ve never been a big fan of overly priced baked goods and that’s not a pet peeve I have with just Starbucks. I don’t like pre-made half baked doughnuts that get flash baked for me at the store. I don’t like squishy weird muffins that are too sweet to consume, and there’s plenty of other ‘I don’t like’s that I could mention.
I mention Starbucks now because of their latest product switch up. As far as I can see, most of the products (like the chocolate chip cookies and oat fudge bars) look the same but the prices have gone up. Maybe they’re made with better ingredients now. Maybe not. I have no clue.
Now I may not be the best baker on this planet but I just can’t justify spending that kind of money with my cup of coffee. I’m also not a big fan of lining up which is why I bring my coffee from home in a travel mug but that’s a completely different story (and saves me about $500 a year I might add).
The bottom line is, it’s still a packaged good which means it still can’t be as fresh as whatever I’d make at home. So, why waste my money? I’d much rather support a local bakery where I know the goodies are made right there in the kitchen at the back of the store or give my big kid a few dollars so she can spend it at the school bake sale (which I also contribute to, I might add).
Since the launch of the new baked goods, I’ve tried the Starbucks chocolate chip cookie and I honestly couldn’t tell if it tasted any better or worse than the previous product. I mean, it’s not horrendous. It just tasted like a typical chocolate chip cookie. In fact, I only bought it as a funny surprise birthday cake for a pal at work. I stuck a candle in it and wished him a happy birthday. If it wasn’t for the special occasion, I probably would have left that cookie right there in the display case.
In the ideal packaged baked goods world, here’s what I’d like to see:
1. simple ingredients
2. freshly baked
3. affordable prices
4. great taste that comes from the natural ingredients (nothing weird, please!)
I mean, the list could go on forever but I think you get the idea. This is probably why I bake so much. One day, when I grow up, I’m gonna be a GREAT baker.
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