The Signature Hot Chocolate

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The Signature Hot Chocolate

Ella Garnett, Editor

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On Saturday afternoon, my friends and I were killing time and decided to take a trip to our beloved Starbucks. Tired from a weirdly busy day, a kick of caffeine was necessary. Fellow Seniors Isla Scott, Anne Davis, Amber Hufford, and I hopped in the car and shuttled into Town. Amber expressed her desire to be the focus of this “Starbucks Profile” and I agreed to grant her the privilege of being featured on TheGarnetMine. It was around 6:30 pm and most people were heading in to restaurants, but we were heading into Starbucks, which was pleasantly empty. The perfect time to visit the store is definitely from 6 pm on–you’ll have the whole place to yourself. An empty Starbucks is the next best thing to arriving home to an empty house. There are no children running around, no impatient adults, no mania. People often don’t enjoy restaurants or stores where they are the only customers because there is no “ambiance” and the employees hover over you–but it’s the exact opposite at Starbucks. Every seat is open for the taking… especially the cushioned chairs that are the Starbucks holy grail.

Amber and Isla taking a selfie in Starbucks

On this trip, I ordered the Signature Hot Chocolate. As a little kid, I always hated the Starbucks hot chocolate because it lacked any sweetness with a strong dark chocolate. I mean, what self-respecting 7 year old likes a dark hot chocolate? Well, not much has changed. The Signature Hot Chocolate was just as rich as I remember it… and not in a good way. I think when it comes to a classic like hot chocolate, there’s no use in changing it up. Hot chocolate might be the one thing that people don’t want to be gourmet; a simple, cheap taste is most reminiscent of the holiday season. When it comes to hot chocolate, Dunkin’ Donuts wins over Starbucks for once. Amber splurged on the Peppermint Mocha, a fan favorite, and like everyone else she was not disappointed. “I really enjoyed my drink, it was perfectly sweet and warm which was great because it was so cold out,” said Amber. She seemed to agree that the bang was worth the buck; “I think it was definitely a bit overpriced and I probably could’ve gotten the same drink for cheaper, however, I still will continue to waste my money on Starbucks because it’s easy and tastes good.” When I asked about her opinion on Starbucks’ place in our culture, she said, “I think Starbucks is overly popular and people over-hype it a bit too much, however, I do not think the popularity will decrease due to the fact that going to Starbucks has become a daily routine for so many people. Personally, I think Starbucks has created a more unified culture and it definitely has added a lot to our culture, however, I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.”

James Corden, the host of the Late Late Show, is popular for his carpool karaoke clips and skits and in his “Starbucks Theatre” clips, he makes fun of the screenwriters in a Starbucks in L.A.. He takes a satirical approach to ridiculousness of the screenplays being written in the L.A. Starbucks. The skits both touch on the phenomenon of Starbucks, especially in L.A. where the customers are screenwriters and the baristas are actors. James Corden is hilarious and if you take the time to watch these skits, you will not be disappointed.