I've tried both the Frappe and the Frappuchino and you know what? Driving thru McDonalds and getting a treat for half the price as what Starbucks offers me - well, I'm sold. I'm buying the medium Frappe these days instead of the Grande Mocha Frappuccino at Starbuck's. Unless it's time for a special treat, where I'm gonna spend some time at the coffee house -- then I'm gonna go with the Frappuccino.
For atmosphere, I imagine you'll agree: Starbuck's has McDonalds beat hands down, assuming that you're over 7 years old. Of course, last week I saw an elderly gentleman carrying his Tom Clancy hardback into the McDonalds on Broadway and I had to wonder. Maybe things are changing inside the Mickey D's more than I realize.
Here's what I'm thinking:
Price. It's a factor. McDonalds is cheaper, by around half. Sometimes, you need a treat. Paying around three bucks for one is a good thing.
Taste. If I'm really wanting something special, then Starbuck's is the place. They've got the new campaign "however you want it," and that means tons more selection than the Caramel or Mocha options at McDonalds. There's Tazo Green Tea Creme Frappuccino Blended Beverage. There's Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino Blended Beverage. You can pick soy or skim milk, whatever you want.
Container. Unless you're a snoot about carrying around a "McCafe" label, there's no real diff here.
Decide for yourself.
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