Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My New Addiction

Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and then McDonalds joined on the bandwagon.  I never got the whole iced coffee thing.  People driving with an iced coffee in their hands or sucking their coffee through a straw as they steered their grocery cart and shopped.  Frankly, it made me want to roll my eyes. 

And then...

I became one of them.  I blame it on Target. Someone has to be to blame, right? 

They built a Target five minutes from my house.  Want to guess what else was inside?

A Starbucks.

Sometimes I have a need for caffeine, for coffee.  For breakfast after a late night or on a cold evening when I have lots of things to do, I get that craving. I need a shot of caffeine.

It was ninety degrees outside and I was missing the cooler weather.  Mother Nature had been teasing us with a few cooler days and I wanted a coffee.  Yes, I could have made it myself in my dinky little coffeepot (my 4 cup coffee pot that barely fills a cup with the steaming brew) at home for pennies.  Yet, I had been out running errands and my last stop with the girls was at Target.

When I was done navigating the behemoth cart around racks without snagging it on anything or running any unsuspecting customers over, I decided I deserved a treat.  I went to Starbucks and ordered a cappucino and a milk box for the girls to share.

The woman ended up handing me this icy monstrosity with whipped cream.  A frappucino. I took it without a word thinking that maybe I had ordered wrong. Cappucino, frappucino, they do sound somewhat similar. No.  There is no way I accidentally ordered a frappucino.

I couldn't bring myself to tell the cashier that I hadn't ordered that particular drink since she had already made it.  Anyway, I didn't really need a cup of coffee since I had a perfectly good coffee maker sitting on the counter at home that could brew one in minutes.

I handed over my money in exchange for the drink that I hadn't ordered.  

I had tried Coolattas at Dunkin Donuts and the McFrappes at McDonalds in the past when I was in the mood for something sweet. I couldn't manage even more than a few sips.  I had never thought to shell out $4.51 for a drink at Starbucks that I probably would never, ever like.

I waited til I got into the car to take my first sip.  The perfect blend of coffee, chocolate syrup, and milk mixed with crushed ice slid down my throat.  I was disappointed when at the stop light by my house, I took a deep sip which resulted in not even a drop of frappucino. I had polished off the entire cup in less than five minutes and I was feeling energized and rejuvenated from all that sugar and only a slight brain freeze.

Now I find myself looking for reasons to run to Target, as if I needed any before.  Now, whenever I leave Target, there is Starbucks beckoning.

"Come on in Joy, and sample our tasty, refreshing goodness.  You know you want to."

I do, I really do.

Are you a fellow iced coffee addict?


Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh. Once a year on my birthday I treat myself to a Starbucks cold coffee drink, it usually has chocolate chunks or whipped cream or sprinkles! It is fabulous!

Midnite Skys said...

yummy... I am not sure I should tell you this... but when you aren't in the mood for coffee there is the Strawberries and cream frappucino but however it can be very sweet........ My (grown) daughter loves it... but also get there teas. I got her drinking more teas and less soda She shared her passion fruit tea and it was very good...

Joy said...

I think my eyes were bulging when she handed me the drink topped off with whipped cream. Yummy! I try not to think of all of the calories.

I think I may have to try their teas. I like flavored teas and passion fruit sounds delicious.

Heidi said...

Too funny! I, too, love to go to Target and think that I deserve a treat from the Starbucks while I'm there. Heck, I think I deserve a treat from Starbucks every day. Sometimes twice a day. Hot in the morning, iced in the afternoon.

Yes, I have a problem. An expensive problem. But hey, I could be into more dangerous, more expensive addictions, right?!

Erin MacPherson said...

YES! I'm a coffee addict. I love Starbucks (and anywhere else) but my latest coffee love is my Keurig 1-cup maker. I'm obsessed.

Lourie said...

No, but I love their hot chocolate! Nummy!

From Tracie said...

I absolutely am!! Now that it is the end of September you can get the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos....or as I call them...Little Bits of Heaven.

At the end of October there will be Gingerbread ones too.

Am I addicted?

Miss Sassy LaLa said...

I am a coffee addict. Iced or hot I need it. Of course I suck down the iced ones in no time flat while the hot ones I sip and enjoy for a length of time.

Love Coffee!!!

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