tarbucks has hopped on the cheese-flavored drink bandwagon with the new Snowy Cheese Flavored Latte from their latest seasonal offerings.
Available only in China, the Seattle coffee giant announced on November 13 that the beverage is made with “baked cheese flavored sauce blended into classic espresso and topped with light whipped cream, blueberry flavored sprinkles, and star-shaped crisps.”
While cheese-flavored teas are a recent trend on the mainland, they rely on cheesecake-flavored foam as a topping. But a Starbucks representative confirmed to Daily Coffee News that their sauce is made from baked cheese.
We ordered the drink on food delivery app Ele.me (¥37 for a tall, ¥9 for delivery), expecting a “dreamy new holiday beverage” as touted by Starbucks’ marketing. It arrived anything but. Delivery took about 20 minutes and the foam had completely dissolved by then. There wasn’t any baked cheese flavor, but it was too sweet and creamy and tasted like soggy cereal, like something a suicidal diabetic would make for breakfast as one last hurrah. If you need a milky caffeine hit, get a flat white from Café del Volcán (¥36) instead and tip them with your remaining kuai for not defiling your drink.
Besides the Snowy Cheese Flavored Latte, Starbucks also released two other festive flavors in China: the Christmas Dessert Latte, inspired by traditional British Christmas pudding, and Toffee Nut Crunch Latte. Order at your risk.