An Honest Review: Starbucks' Strawberry Shortcake Trifle
On Starbucks' website, the new Sunset Menu is referred to as a "refreshing summer-afternoon delight." And, based on my prior knowledge of what an afternoon delight is, I definitely did not! get my money's worth.
But, I must say, the Sunset Menu item I tried, the Strawberry Shortcake Trifle, was actually rather tasty.
The Starbucks Sunset Menu, which is available daily after 3 p.m., was introduced last week and includes a smorgasbord of delightful and refreshing granitas and trifles. Specifically, the Strawberry Shortcake Trifle is 350 calories, comes in one size only and costs $3.45.
Coming into this, I had no clue what a trifle was (oops!), so I'm chomping on it and thinking to myself, "Why does this seem like an employee was closing up one night, threw the day's leftovers into a cup and gave it a fancy name?" But, much to my surprise, trifles are a very real thing. The delicacy is traditionally made with fruit, sponge cake, and custard, topped with whipped cream. (It's British, so I'm telling myself that's why I'd never heard of it.)
Based on this definition, the trifles on the Starbucks Sunset Menu are a very loose interpretation. Swap the sponge cake with vanilla scones, subtract the custard, double the whipped cream, replace the fruit with strawberry drizzle and you've got yourself a Starbucks-style trifle. Despite this, the Strawberry Shortcake Trifle is definitely nothing to scoff at.
The scone was very moist and crumbly-breaking into it with the plastic fork they provided was very doable. Not only that, but it was delicious. However, I did only get one scone whereas the trifle pictured on the Starbucks website has at least two, so I can't help feeling a little gypped in that department. I also could've gone for more of the strawberry drizzle, which was only vaguely artificial tasting, as that's what made it seem like real strawberry shortcake.
On the other hand, they were rather generous with the whipped cream, which was a bit too melted for my taste. But its airiness complemented the dense scone, and its sweetness bumped this item from breakfast-like to dessert-y.
Overall, the Strawberry Shortcake Trifle was pretty dang good and successfully lived up to its name-the strawberry shortcake part, at least. The fact that I was scraping the crumbs from the bottom of the cup with my plastic spoon is a testament to that.
If you're wanting a more substantial treat or just looking for a non-sexual afternoon delight, try ordering the Strawberry Shortcake Trifle at your local Starbucks next time you stop in.
Would I recommend? Yeah? Nah? Yeah
"An Honest Review: Starbucks' Strawberry Shortcake Trifle" by Annamarie Higley , written on June 25, 2016
Don't forget to check out the Starbucks Secret Menu before you go!