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What's the deal with Starbucks heavy cream?

Commented on January 08, 2016
Created December 16, 2011 at 4:36 PM

I loved that I used to be able to walk in to a Starbucks, order my coffee, and request that they put heavy cream into it for me.

A few months ago, I noticed they were using a different heavy cream container. It used to be light blue, the new container is white. They added the cream, and the way the cream 'bloomed' in the coffee was ... well, different. It started clumping at the surface a bit. I had to stir it to make it look normal.

Needless to say, this turned me off, and I didn't order it too many more times.

I finally asked to see this new cream container - it was made by Kemp dairy, specifically produced for Starbucks.

Turns out it's lower in fat (I think about 35 calories per tablespoon as opposed to what should be about 50) and worst of all now also has carageenan.

Does your Starbucks now use frankencream too?

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on December 18, 2011
at 01:12 AM

@UncleLongHair - odd, how do they add whipped cream to frappucinos? Surely they dump heavy whipping cream (and a few squirts of vanilla syrup (likely HFCS)) to a CO2 bottle.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on December 18, 2011
at 01:10 AM

Excellent ideas!

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on December 17, 2011
at 02:23 AM

The Starbucks near my office doesn't have crewm, only half-and-half. I've asked several times.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 16, 2011
at 08:41 PM

I take a small bottle of heavy cream with a bit of honey. :-)) I also carry my own olive oil/vinegar to lunch.

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on December 16, 2011
at 06:41 PM

It's gotten to the point that I bring my own cream to coffeeshops.

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on December 16, 2011
at 06:09 PM

+1 for frankencream

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F44b15b2fd1ad134200793d6b474fc4c

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on December 16, 2011
at 08:18 PM

I have a small bottle that I fill with coconut milk when I'm going to an espresso place. Tastes just as good in my coffee as cream does (and I'm off dairy anyway).

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on January 08, 2016
at 02:32 AM

Those are great ideas, but what if you are traveling and don't have your own? Is there any good option? I saw some people suggest cafe misto or breve with heavy cream, but can I really lose weight and drink that much heavy cream? I'm new to this...

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 16, 2011
at 08:41 PM

I take a small bottle of heavy cream with a bit of honey. :-)) I also carry my own olive oil/vinegar to lunch.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on December 18, 2011
at 01:10 AM

Excellent ideas!

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on December 16, 2011
at 08:47 PM

What I've noticed with starbucks is that they use the heavy cream they can get locally. My cream went from yellow label to black label, but that was because the local dairy did that. So I would bet whatever big local dairy you have changed something.

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on February 01, 2012
at 10:36 PM

hmm regarding the "Whipped cream", I was playing around with the nutritional thingy on the Starbucks website, and it looks like having whipped cream only adds 1g of sugar to your drink. Assuming whipped cream is basically HWC plus a bit of sugar... it does seem fairly paleo friendly, no?

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on December 16, 2011
at 05:00 PM

I don't frequent SB, but they did change the creamer at the one I'll visit once in a while. Never thought about it really, as I'd just get a regular cup after it clumped (sorta the gross out factor & I didn't try it again). But to answer, yes, it's changed. Unfortunate... but, I make my own coffee w/full fat whatever I got! (usually coconut milk)

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on February 02, 2012
at 03:24 AM

I don't do cream any more but I know that my Bucky's uses Hood full fat heavy cream, sometimes they even have organic. I think it varies by location and what's available.

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