I fell in love with Starbucks when I was around 15 or 16 years old. I remember that I just felt "so cool" walking around with my latte in that white cup with the famous green logo on the side. I drank Starbucks...therefor I was fancy. haha.
I remember making my dad stop at every single Starbucks between Virginia and Michigan one year when we where traveling up to see my cousin because I HAD to have it.
It was so much of an obsession that my friends, Angela and Nikki, and I would have "Starbucks Shopping Trips", where we would drive the 45 minutes - an hour to Greensboro, NC to get Starbucks and go shopping in the big mall. We didn't get a Starbucks here until about 5 years ago!
Oh and you know what else fueled my love of Starbucks? I use to work there! Yep!
When we lived at Camp Lejeune I worked at the Starbucks in Jacksonville, NC. It was a dream come true and I actually teared up a but when I turned in my two week notice.
I learned the ins and outs of making my beloved drinks, I tasted countless coffees and espressos, I made up my own flavor combinations and fell in love with new combinations that my co-workers dreamed up, rejoiced when I realized I got a discount, drank WAY too many Frappuccinos, ate way too many cream cheese danishes, served coffee to grumpy Marines at 5AM and learned the true meaning of crazy Starbucks customers! (For example, people will totally freak out on you if you don't add just the right amount of EXTRA whipped cream and caramel and don't DARE let that Frappuccino and Whipped Cream melt just the slightest bit on a 95F degree day or you'll get an earful)
Oh and here is a little Starbucks info for you! You can totally make up your own drinks. Even if they are not on the menu, if you can tell them what goes in it and how many pumps of each flavor...well you've got your own custom drink!
Here are a few that I loved to make that are NOT on the menu but can be made at any Starbucks:
Chocolate Covered Cherry Frappuccino - Ask for a Grande Strawberry and Cream Frappuccino with 2 or 3 pumps of Mocha.
Pumpkin Hot Chocolate - Ask for a Grande Hot Chocolate with 2 or 3 pumps of Pumpkin Spice
Captain Crunch Frappuccino - Ask for a Grande Strawberry and Cream Frappuccino with 1 pump caramel, 1 pump hazelnut and 1 pump of toffee
But if you're ready to make those drinks at home, here are 9 Copycat Starbucks Recipes for you so that you can make some of your favorites at home!
Caramel Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Whole and Heavenly Oven
Passion Tea Lemonade from Persnickety Plates
Lemon Loaf Recipe from Life Tastes Good
Skinny Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino from Amy's Healthy Baking
Mocha Frappuccino from Around My Family Table
Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe from Simplee Thrifty
Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Simplee Thrifty
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins from BigBearsWife (me!)
Chocolate Dipped Madeleines from BigBearsWife (me!)