With Starbucks introducing their famed pumpkin spice lattes this week, which I have happily sipped down, I found myself missing something with my Fall treat: their pumpkin scone. I went to three (yes, three, and no, I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve been to Starbucks three times in 8 days) and could NOT find a pumpkin scone.
|The new looking Starbucks “La Boulange” pumpkin scone pic source – Starbucks|
…but there it was, front and center on the menu! All three times I had asked, I was met with a similar response: “we are currently out.” Finally, on the third try, I thought this was too much of a coincidence and I mentioned something to the barista. With shifty eyes, she looked around and finally whispered, “they have been recalled”.
|the “old looking” pumpkin scone pic source -Starbucks|
Recalled. There ya have it! I KNEW something was up… because why else would a company put something front and center and then not have any product in the store? After switching to a new looking scone and likely a new recipe based on the pictures in their ads, I guess something went awry. This scone was likely produced by their (in)famous collaboration with La Boulange Bakery.
Alas, now I must sip my pumpkin spice latte with my cereal at home. Or, since I have been craving the scone, I will try to bake my own copycat recipe. And hey, it will likely taste better than a new recipe produced by the Boulange bakery, if their old vs new cranberry orange scone is any indication. (Old cranberry scone = much better!). You can spot differences in the pictures above.
I found a few recipes for copycat Starbucks pumpkin scones. I’ve rounded them up below. Likely one will hit the spot!
Copycat Pumpkin Scone Recipe #1
Copycat Pumpkin Scone recipe #2
Copycat Pumpkin Scone Recipe #3
An internet search as of 9/7/14 only brought up one anonymous person mentioning that there were pieces of glass or plastic in the scones and that was the reason they’ve been recalled. I don’t know whether to believe it or not, but what I do know is that Starbucks is being silent on the manner as no official press releases are out. I would have assumed they are recalled due to the scones causing turkey squirts or something of the like.
Either way, I will be trying one of these yummy looking copycat recipes (which are also likely healthier) to go with my morning #PSL.
And I may just have to start making my own pumpkin spice lattes like I did last year. Check out my recipe for DIY copycat pumpkin spice lattes.
Still no official word from Starbucks. Several people have reported here and on another message board that there has been glass/plastic as I noted previously before. Someone else noted that when they received the scones in their store and reheated them, they were super soggy and all of the frosting melted off. I find it hard to believe that all batches of these scones had plastic or glass in them… maybe a few, but all of them?? Usually when foods are mass produced they go through an xray to look for metal/glass but plastic would be missed on xray. While some batches of scones may have some glass or plastic in them, I think more likely when the scones were reheated they were soggy and gross. A poor recipe would affect every single scone in the country… while a few pieces of glass or plastic would only affect a few batches. If it were really glass or plastic, then they should have thrown those out by now and have distributed new scones…. but they haven’t. Which makes me think it’s also a recipe problem. My 2 cents. Also, can’t believe I’m the only blogger that has written about this! We wants ze scones!
These opinions are my own. Recipes and their respective pictures are from the sources in the links.
Pumpkin scone recall by Starbucks
Copycat Starbucks pumpkin scone recipe
copycat Starbucks pumpkin spice latte recipe
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