Well, what more ironic way to break my Starbucks-less streak than by trying the now discontinued ice cream flavor modeled after one of their best-selling drinks? Okay, technically Unilever
Starbucks Coffee Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream
Seeing as I’m oblivious when it comes to Starbucks and coffee drinks in general, I have no idea what exactly a caramel macchiato is. My best guess would be just coffee flavored with caramel syrup. Well after some extensive research (as in going to Starbucks’ website), a caramel macchiato is “freshly steamed milk with vanilla-flavored syrup, marked with espresso and finished with caramel sauce.” Yeah, I was nowhere close to being right. Well that new found knowledge is fine and dandy but we’re dealing with ice cream here and not the drink. According to the pint, this flavor is made up of “swirled coffee and vanilla ice creams with ribbons of golden caramel.” Well if that’s not the perfect replication on paper of the flavor profile of the drink in ice cream form then I don’t know what is.
I’m kind of torn on this one. While I do enjoy the coffee ice cream aspect of this pint, the other two components are practically M.I.A. If you were to tell me this was coffee and vanilla espresso (that’s a thing right?) ice creams swirled together with a gooey coffee syrup ribbon, I wouldn’t question you. I guess when it comes down to it, this one fails as a whole. I’ll just pick up a pint of their regular coffee ice cream next time and customize it myself.
Verdict? If you really like coffee ice cream it’s worth a try.
Buy Again? Nope but I’ll try some of their other flavors