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Pastries in American Culture

Pastries are deeply rooted in American Culture. For instance, take the classic American pastries like Boston Cream Pie, Baked Alaska, or New York Cheesecake.

After all, this country has made its mark on the pastry world we love and know. However, Modern pastry chefs and bakers continue to rethink the possibilities by mixing classics to make new ones.

For example, they will take a classic pastry like a donut, and mix it with a flaky croissant. After all, they do this to create something new – in this case the Cronut.

In addition, pastry chefs are mixing, topping, or filling these pastries with different ingredients, flavors, textures, and baking styles. As a result, they are bringing to life new delicious creations.

A Cultural Trend

However, the mixing of classic pastries is not new. After all, it is at the heart of what American food culture is all about. For instance, we’ve seen this mixing of classics. In other words, it is resulting in new modern pastry classics – like the Cronut or Cragel or Donut Ice Cream.

As a result of this change, restaurants and pastry chefs have become overnight celebrities. Even media companies have caught on to the cultural trend.

For instance, streaming services like Netflix have signed on shows like Zumbo’s Just Desserts, Sugar Rush, Nailed it! and The Great British Baking Show because of this change. In other words, they’re taking advantage of the growing success of this cultural pastry trend.

Consequently, this trend in pastry making has Americans obsessed with trying the hottest pastries. That is why it’s no surprise there had been more and more pastry businesses popping up around America (pre-COVID).

Famous Pastries

Similarly, pastries have become famous, just like the restaurants and pastry chefs that create them. As a result of their fame, these pastries are drawing long line ups and wait times, looking like fans waiting for concerts or shows.

For instance, I recall my first time visiting Levain Bakery in the Upper West Side of New York City with my husband. We were there to try their famous Chocolate Walnut Cookie.

As a result, I recall the experience of waiting over an hour in the lineup and the hot New York summer heat beating down on us – which was hard. The cookie blew me away. As a result, the experience had me thinking about this important cultural trend for the first time.

14 Pastries that Foodies are obsessed with

Because of this change, it’s no surprise that pastry desserts are one of the most popular foods to blog about on social media.

As a result, this led us to ask the question, which ones are foodies obsessed with? To help answer this question, we asked our food blogger community to weigh in.

In addition, we thought we would share our favorite pastry mixes in each category. We hope you enjoy!

14. Cronut

13. Cannoli

12. Tarts

11. Churros

10. Cake

9. Danish

8. Eclair

7. Muffin

6. Brownies

5. Cupcake

4. Croissant

3. Cinnamon Roll / Morning Buns

2. Cookies

1. Doughnut

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Ever wonder what’s the best drinks on the Starbucks Menu? We did. So we had foodies in the CRAVVE App Community weigh in on this very important foodie question.

One of the things people love about the Starbucks Menu is the continued stream of drink innovation that is introduced on a regular basis. Beyond the Starbucks Menu, there is a lot to love about Starbucks – it’s convenient, reliable, personalized and rewarding. As a result, it is not surprising that it has built a cult-like following.

In addition, it has its own language for drink sizes from short (shot) to tall (small) to grande (medium) to venti (large) to trenta (extra large). Don’t worry, it only takes a few tries to remember – so don’t be embarrassed if you forget the language the first few tries when ordering.

Beyond the drinks on the Starbucks Menu, there are also many other perks that people love. For example, people love earning Starbucks Stars for a free drink or the convenience of ordering ahead with their cutting edge mobile app, or it’s getting a free drink on your birthday. As a result, the Starbucks experience is the gold standard for surprise and delight but also building member loyalty.

In addition to the perks,  people are hooked on the variety of drinks on the Starbucks Menu. According to Starbucks there are 170,000 ways to customize your drink. With a drink menu so vast, it’s easy to see why people may get lost. With that in mind, we had foodies in our CRAVVE app community weigh in on their favorites. Here is what they told us. 

14. Caffe Latte – Starbucks Menu

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This rich dark espresso is balanced with steamed milk and a foam top for a perfect drink to warm you up inside and out. This is a staple on the Starbucks menu. It is reliable and is great for a caffeine kick but also with light flavor for those who prefer a light or medium roast. 

13. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino – Starbucks Menu

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Looking for something a bit more decadent? The Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino is the perfect reward after getting through a long meeting or tough class. With a caramel syrup mixed with coffee, milk and ice with a layer of caramel sauce, whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and of course the crown jewel crunch caramel-sugar topping. As a result, it’s not only beautiful but it’s delicious. 

12. Mocha Frappuccino – Starbucks Menu

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Any chocolate lovers out there? If yes, you’ll love this drink with Frappuccino Roast Coffee, with milk and ice which come together with mocha flavor that’ll leave your sweet tooth very happy. In addition, if you want to change things up, give affogato-style a try with a hot espresso shot poured in over the top.

11. Regular Roast Coffee – Starbucks Menu

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Need a coffee but not a lot of time? A regular Starbucks coffee is a perfect way to get a quick coffee when you don’t have time to wait. From Pike Place to Verdana, you’ve got flavor options to explore at Starbucks. In addition, add cream or sugar if you want to sweeten or lighten the flavor of your coffee. 

10. Caffe Mocha – Starbucks Menu

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Looking for something sweet but also want a caffeine kick? A hot Caffe Mocha drink is the perfect option with a rich, espresso combined with a bittersweet mocha sauce, steamed milk, and then topped with whipped cream. Consequently, this is a Starbucks classic. 

9.  Ice Coffee – Starbucks Menu

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Looking for a  cold and refreshing coffee that’s simple and fast? The Iced Coffee Blend with milk is served chilled and sweetened over ice. As a result, it’s perfect on a hot summer day or a great pick me up that’s easy to drink and refreshing.  In addition, with all of the latest cold brews and nitro brews, there are lots of options to choose from. 

8. Chai Latte – Starbucks Menu

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Want to spice up your morning or afternoon? A chai latte is the perfect option. That’s because it is a perfect balance of sweet and spicy – a black tea infused with cinnamon, clove, and warm spices combined with steamed milk and topped with foam. How can you say no to that? You can’t!

7. Strawberry Acai Lemonade – Starbucks Menu

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Look for the perfect summer drink or a sweet and light refreshment in the afternoon? The strawberry flavor, passion fruit, and açaí is blended with a splash of lemonade and served on the rocks. 

6. Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade – Starbucks Menu

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This mash-up of peach-flavored fruit juice, iced green tea, and lemonade is a refreshing reminder of the innovation that Starbucks pumps out. As a result, if you’re looking for something new to try and have a bit of a sweet tooth – this is the option to try. You won’t be disappointed. 

5. Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato 

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Want a drink that will have you walking o the clouds? Well, this drink is probably as close to getting you there as any. Because of the layers of fluffy foam, cascading espresso, vanilla syrup and a caramel drizzle served over ice. The whole experience is cool. Even placing the order and saying “Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato”  feels so right. Starbucks really out did themselves with this name. 

4. Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew 

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If you love the Starbucks pumpkin spiced latte, this cold brew version is going to make you very happy. It’s a great way to get the pumpkin spiced latte flavor you love but in a cold brew option. As a result, it’s no wonder our foodie community rated it as one of its favorites. 

3. Pumpkin Spice Latte 

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It wouldn’t be a best Starbucks drink list without the Pumpkin Spiced Latte. This seasonal phenomenon draws crowds and is a customary option to welcome the fall feeling. It is no surprise that our foodie community rated so highly and in the top 3. 

2. Nitro Cold Brew with Sweet Cream 

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This straight from the tap, cold brew is topped with house-made vanilla sweet cream – giving it a velvety coffee experience. Because of this, it is no wonder our foodie community rated it #2. In addition, if you’re looking to get introduced to cold brew coffee – this is a great place to start.  

1. Matcha Green Tea Latte 

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Looking for an instagrammable drink that is not only beautiful but delicious? The Matcha Green Tea Latte is not only gorgeous and delicious but it will make also make you feel good about yourself. Because of the silky smooth experience, it will transport your senses – it’s no wonder it’s the #1 ranked drink by our foodie community.

What’s your favorite? Be sure to drop us a comment or share with your foodie community.

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