For the Fall and Winter we now have Starbucks Coffee Limited Edition Peppermint Mocha ice cream. This holiday inspired carton is full of " swirled peppermint and mocha ice cream with dark chocolaty chunks ". I'm not a fan of mocha, but it's better (more mild) than coffee flavor, so maybe this will work for me.
I take my first bite and my first instinct is to spit it out. I'm sorry, but the peppermint mocha funk was something I was not prepared for. However, this is quality ice cream and Starbucks was nice enough to contact me about it, so I gave it another shot. Ok, the second bite isn't so bad. I continue on with small bites and really start to settle into a nice peppermint flavor that is highlighted with mocha undertones.
I try to focus on the peppermint and the crunchy little chips scattered thoroughout. I do get a little hung up on the mocha at times, but when I'm done I am actually tempted to get a few more scoopfuls. I can see this being a big hit with a lot of people.... those who love both peppermint and mocha anyway. Ok, I don't know how many people are like that, but they're going to like this one without a doubt. As for the rest of us, well, it's definitely different. I'm having a bit of a problem with a lingering mocha aftertaste (plus it's got a little peppermint bite to that mocha aftertaste). Hmmm, that's not a winning point for me here.
It's two hours later and I, well, I just burped mocha... excuse me. This is a really well done ice cream, it's just not for me. This is a great step by Starbucks to branch out and I applaud them for doing something that hasn't been done in the mainstream yet. I hope they keep it up and look forward to tasting their next flavor.
Flavor Note: I had forgotten that Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino is actually a limited edition flavor and will be around spring and summer (as in the opposite of Peppermint Mocha).