Summer means string bikinis and the South Beach (Bitch) Diet. To help make vanity just a little tastier, Starbucks has unveiled what I call their summer line: a “lite” (their quotes, not mine) banana cream pie and the slimmed down Frappuccino, a calorie lightweight at only 145 calories. Their tag line: “the calories stop before the flavor!” Comes in two flavors: Caramel and Mocha.
I’m as much a Starbucks junkie as anyone else, but I stay away from the Fraps as well as the (always!) optional squirt of whipped cream. I’d rather save my calories for their butterscotch fudge bar or the oatmeal cookie. So when the lite Frap came out, I knew I had to try it out.
The verdict: I like.
I don’t think much of diet or lite food. Fat is what gives food flavor, and most calorie-reduced foods are pathetic substitutes for their original counterparts. I’d rather starve. But this Frap was cool and creamy and sweet. I didn’t even miss the original, fully-loaded Frap. Hmm, I see a habit forming.
A few days ago, I made a dessert meal out of the Starbucks Frap and their lite
banana cream pie. The pie consists of thick banana chunks “glossified” to death sitting on a somewhat hardy crust. To me, it looked like they tried to make it as appealing as possible since the taste wouldn’t match up.
Surprise. The pie was actually good. It’s not going to replace my own banana cream pie any time in the near future, but this was definitely all right. The crust was a bit tough, the pastry cream gluey, and the banana slices were mixed with just a tad too much calamansi juice (which prevents darkening). And of course, that gloss looks unnatural. But put together these not-so-ideal components, and they actually work, strangely enough.