Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Thanks, Brady Bunch!

I'm not a coffee drinker (heresy for a computer geek, I know, but there are plenty of other caffeinated beverages to get you through those all-night change-control sessions). I had never set foot inside a Starbucks until the whole open-carry brouhaha broke out.

I e-mailed their corporate office when the Brady Bunch first went after them, and received a very nice response. After they held the line on staying in compliance with the law, I e-mailed them again to thank them. Since I believe in putting my money where my mouth is, I figured I might as well check out their website and see what they sell that I might like.

Well, in addition to a great hot chocolate, they have these:

Red Velvet Cupcakes!

I love Red Velvet Cake and have made it from scratch many times in years gone by. As recipes go, it's a huge pain in the rear. How often I made it was pretty much a function of how long it took the memory of just how big a pain it was to fade.

These cupcakes have the double advantage that somebody else has the mess to clean up, and they're just enough to satisfy the craving without inconvenient leftovers. You know, the kind you feel compelled to eat because good food shouldn't go to waste. Or should that be spelled waist?

So now Starbucks has a new, loyal, armed* customer. Had it not been for the Brady panty-wetting, I'm sure I still would have never set foot inside one of their stores.

So thanks, Brady Depend-Soiling Campaign To Prevent Gun Ownership And Effective Self Defense. If not for you, I would not be a regular 1911-carrying Starbucks customer today.

* While open carry is legal in Nebraska, I prefer concealed since I have that option and appreciate its many advantages.


Fenris said...

I hate to potentially deflate your excitement about the cupcakes but... all of their baked goods are now trans-fat-free. What that means for their cupcakes is almost too horrible to mention. Personally, I don't like my cake to have a consistency closer to cornbread than the moist, firmness I think of with "cake". It's my biggest gripe with their corporate policy.

Hecate said...

I wasn't disappointed with the Starbucks Red Velvet cupcakes, but that may be a reflection on the recipe I have -- or a reflection on my culinary skills.

They always came out more "solid" and a bit drier than cakes using baking powder instead of baking soda and white vinegar as leavening. If I fault Starbucks on anything, it would be the cream cheese frosting instead of the cooked-base buttercream my recipe uses.

Fenris said...

In that case, Rock on!

Black Ice said...

Blowback(blo-bak): When your planned boycott results in a large net gain in business for your target.