They’re nothing new.
No, Starbucks did not invent them. There are cake pop cookbooks and recipes (yes, even vegan friendly recipes) all over the internet. Brides have provided them as whimsical, easy treats to serve at their receptions. Dieters have raved about these trendy two-bite sweet satisfying indulgences. There is even a Facebook page devoted to cake pop enthusiasts.
So, to see that Starbucks has jumped on the bandwagon has not surprised me in the least.
What surprises me?
$1.50 a pop. (Ba-dum-bum! Cue cymbals.)
Are you kidding me? That’s 75 cents a bite.
Now, before today, I’ve never broken down the number of sips in my beloved Caramel Macchiato. And I’m embarrassed to say that yes, I indulge on this Starbucks $4.51 treat more often than I should. Depending on the urgency to get my caffeine/sugar fix, it takes about 30 sips to finish my drink (yep, I actually counted.) That would be approximately 15 cents a sip.
A far cry from .75, wouldn’t you say?
I’m not saying that 15 cents a sip isn’t indulgent. It is. Especially when I can create a suitable substitute at home for about 8 cents a cup. (Yes, I figured that out, too. I used to teach math. What can I say?)
But 75 cents a bite boggles my mind?
Who is buying into this hype? And is it worth it?
Can you have your cake pop and afford to eat lunch, too?
Inquiring minds want to know!