My husband, the veteran. He’d describe himself as many things – a husband, a father, a rabid Mets fan – but he’s also a former member of the United States Navy, and it’s something I’m extremely proud of. He doesn’t talk much about his six years on a nuclear submarine, but I know he’s proud of it too, which is why I decided to surprise him this past Veteran’s Day with two of his favorite things: good coffee and good muffins.
To get both items, I headed to Sam’s Club. If you’re not already a bulk store shopper, you definitely should be! They truly have everything, and they have it in bulk, which means you’ll save tons of money. While there, I spotted one of his favorite coffee brands – Starbucks – and their new seasonal Limited Edition Holiday Blend.
According to Starbucks, the Holiday Blend is a combination of Latin American and Asia/Pacific coffees with a “spicy edge and smooth, mellow depth.” They suggest pairing it with homemade cookies, but since whipping up a batch of cookies was nowhere to be found on my week’s to-do list, I did a quick scan of Sam’s Club for a suitable premade replacement.
If you’ve never shopped at Sam’s Club before, let me tell you: Their assortment of fresh baked goods is INCREDIBLE. Cookies, cakes, pies, brownies, and muffins as far as your don’t-wanna-cook-those-things-at-home eye can see. I opted for a six pack of the store’s Artisan Fresh Pumpkin Muffins because my husband is a big pumpkin fan and so am I.
While we both enjoy a visit to Starbucks from time to time (he loves their bold-flavored coffees and I’m addicted to their pumpkin spiced latte), this is the first time we’d brewed Starbucks coffee at home. I was curious to know if we’d be able to recreate that same “Starbucks taste” with our modest $30 coffee maker and non-magical tap water, and I was pleasantly surprised with the results.
We tasted the coffee first, and immediately understood why so many of our friends had raved about it in the past. It had all of the signature bold flavor that you’d expect in a Starbucks coffee, but it was incredibly smooth and balanced. Thanks to its blended nature, it’s also somewhat complex. A trained palate can detect hints of ginger, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg – all perfect flavors for the holiday season.
After we topped off our cups of coffee, we tasted the coffee along with the pumpkin muffins. Just like a good food and good wine, the two were a delicious pairing. Something about the muffins seemed to bring out even more of the pumpkin and cinnamon flavors in the coffee, making it taste even better than before!
So what did my former sailor think of my Veteran’s Day surprise? In addition to calling it “the best Veteran’s Day ever,” if the two cups of coffee and two muffins are any indication, I’d say he loved it!
For those of you who are headed out for some Black Friday shopping and would like to taste these #DeliciousPairings for yourself, Sam’s Club will open at 7am on Black Friday and will greet members with free Starbucks Holiday Blend coffee and Artisan Fresh pastries (while supplies last). I don’t know about you, but I know where I’ll be on November 23rd!
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