STARBUCKS is foregoing a long-standing staple of its popular iced beverages.
But the customers react “consistently positively” to the replacement option.
Starbucks is discontinuing the use of ice cubes in its iced, made-to-order beverages.
Instead, the coffee chain is switching to nugget ice cream after upgrading the machines that make the ice cream at select stores.
The change will roll out at Starbucks locations nationwide during 2023.
A company spokesman said customers who tried the nugget ice cream during a trial had received a “consistently positive response,” a company spokesman reported Fox business.
But a Reddit thread for Starbucks fans suggests customers are divided over the change
Some actually supported her and one wrote: “Let’s go! Nugget ice cream for life.”
Another described it as “the best ice cream!”
But others were upset, claiming the nugget ice cream melted faster and watered down the drinks.
Vent your frustrations
“I have a feeling that crushed ice is perfect for drinks like soda or soda, but it just doesn’t work for coffee,” one posted, adding, “This is going to be interesting.”
Another wrote: “I wouldn’t think that’s a good idea. The ice would melt much faster in drinks and affect the quality in some ways.”
The US Sun has reached out to Starbucks for comment.
Starbucks says they tested the new ice’s melting time and found that it melted no faster than ice cubes.
The reason for the change? It’s about sustainability.
Starbucks says the new ice machines will waste less water — and the global brand plans to halve its water footprint by 2030.
That’s a big challenge for the 15,974 coffeehouses in the US that sell more cold drinks than hot drinks.
But a new flavor of ice cream isn’t the only change affecting Starbucks customers lately.
Earlier this month, the company unveiled three new menu items for the summer.
This includes two cold brews – the Chocolate Java Mint Frappuccino and the White Chocolate Macadamia Creme Cold Brew.
The third item is a snack option for those with a sweet tooth, the Bumblebee Cake Pop.
Starbucks made a controversial menu expansion last month with the launch of the Oleato, a line of coffees infused with Italian olive oil.
Meanwhile, two stores in upstate New York are closing due to workers’ unionization.