Starbucks – Passing It On To The Next Generation

I don’t drink coffee.  It makes me nauseous.  When I return home from work at 10am in the morning, the worst thing David can do is to not have the windows open to air out the coffee smell that a few hours earlier helped him place one foot in front of the other.  While he is absolutely incapable of achieving anything if he doesn’t get his daily dose of “go water”, coffee does the same thing to me as food poisoning does to most of us.

Except…

The Caramel Frappuccino.

Call me “weird”, but the caramel frappuccino works for me.  I consider it to be Heaven in a Starbucks cup.  While the kids would say “Yummy Yummy in my tummy!”, I have decided that this one for me, falls in the “soul food” category, always leaving me happy.  But…the Caramel Frappuccino needs to have whipped cream and EXTRA caramel – the two details to perfection.  I don’t know what Starbucks does to their caramel sauce, but whatever it is, it’s dangerously good, so the few times that I have a Frappuccino, I have it with everything on it (and then some).

By the way, I am really trying hard to not let the Caramel Frappuccino enjoyment turn into a Caramel Frappuccino addiction.  And as long as I have the children with me, that is actually pretty easy.  I am hypocritical enough that I enjoy the drink, but I don’t let the kids have it as it has too much sugar (and caffeine) in it.  And they certainly do not need it.  I’m trying to label the drink as a Mommy Drink, but it doesn’t always fly with Kai.

So, after the awesome Mother’s Day celebration at Kai’s school a couple of weeks back, I decided that it was the perfect chance for Kai and Mommy to spend some time together.  Ryder was safe with daddy at home, so Kai and Mommy went out on the town.  It was a hot enough day that my mind had early departed and was somewhere hoovering over Starbucks, wondering when I might have time to slip a treat in.  The timing was perfect.  Kai, Mommy, Starbucks.  Match made in Heaven.

And this is, when Kai, at 4 years and 3 months of age, got to enjoy his first Starbucks concoction.  I don’t remember the name, but it was a blended chocolate drink, with Chocolate whipped cream.  Whatever the name, I think Chocolate Explosion fits the drink perfectly.  What I do remember is how much he enjoyed it.

Toddlers & Starbucks

And the monster was created.  Actually, though he thoroughly enjoyed it, he hasn’t asked for another one (yet).  But then, he also hasn’t seen me dive in to my Caramel Frappuccino either.  We’ll save the Starbucks treats for special occasions.  I think that would be beneficial to both him and myself; it’s not like he needs the sugar and energy boost that the Chocolate Explosion seemed to provide him with and my hips and tummy can absolutely survive without the calories that I would consume through that little green straw.

On that note, if anyone has the magic recipe to the ultimate Caramel Sauce as is served at Starbucks, I would LOVE to hear from you.  In the meantime, I will continue to try to perfect it at home, but if anyone could help me stop re-inventing the Starbucks Caramel Sauce Wheel, I’d be eternally grateful (seriously)!

 

Until the next time,

Savor food, savor family, savor life.
- Marieke, aka HRH Mommy

 

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Published on: May 28, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

2 Responses to Starbucks – Passing It On To The Next Generation

  1. Pamela S says:

    Well, now I’m going to try a caramel frappucino because you make it sound so delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever tried their frappucinos. I’m weird.

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