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First, we rated every new La Boulange item available at Starbucks, eating pastries until our stomachs nearly exploded. And today, we did the same for Second Cup’s brand-new offerings, which launched nationwide today! The difference? Second Cup’s treats are made using locally sourced ingredients. One of our tasters even said that a couple tasted like “real bakery.” But how did they measure up, and how Canadian were they? We put our taste buds to the test to find out, and we are just as full.

Fudge Brownie

Second Cup has not shied away from sweetness. And homey seems to be the goal of the latest offerings. One taste tester said the brownie was “like something grandma would make,” while another thought, “Extremely sweet but good texture–soft and very chocolately, in a good way.” So if you hate grandmas or chocolate, you will not enjoy this treat.

How it scored out of 5:

4.4

brownie

Chocolate Almond Croissant

This was a mixed bag of emotions. Many said it could be flakier, while one taster said it was flakey enough, and “doesn’t taste like 1000 calories.” Another taster thought it was “way too sweet,” and couldn’t imagine eating a whole thing. Then there was the division about what was inside. One taster said, “the weird solid bits of chocolate in the middle were like discovering something that wasn’t meant to be there,” but most tasters found the chunks to be a good thing.  There you have it. This croissant is like bringing up religion at a dinner party.

How it scored out of 5:

3.5

White Cheddar and Chive Scone

You know you have something delicious when everyone agrees. “Needs gravy” was the only slightly critical thing about this savoury scone. But that person is clearly just a glutton for delicious punishment. Most found it had a nice crunch on the outside and was wonderfully moist on the inside. Everyone came around to this. After some debate about whether it was too savoury for a coffee pairing, one taster stepped in to put things into perspective: “you drink coffee with your morning omelette, don’t you?” And we do. So this is totally something that could be breakfast. One taster even said you could slice it in half and wedge in some deli meat for a quick and easy sandwich.

How it scored out of 5:

4.2

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Classic Butter Tart

“It tastes like eating diabetes,” said one taster. Like any good butter tart, this one is extremely sweet. There’s a “lingering maple taste,” and the consistency is pretty creamy and buttery. There is no crystalized sugar on this little tart. Another taster got to the point, noting, “Classic. Doesn’t do anything new but who cares? Butter tarts rock.”

How it scored out of 5:

4.4

butter-tart

Zucchini Walnut Muffin

Second Cup calls this a muffin, but it’s not. Not to us, anyway. One taster called it “the scone thing” while another simply said, “um, this doesn’t make sense as a muffin because it isn’t a muffin, it’s a scone.” Aesthetics aside, the majority of tasters were into how subtle the flavour was. “Funny colour, but tastes like a scone (which is better!),” said one taster. “So much better than the name suggests,” said another. We propose that the name be changed to reflect its scone-like look and feel.

How it scored out of 5:

3.6

Carrot Oat Crumble Muffin

Picture the most wonderful muffin. Can you picture it? A voluptuous top, with its cakey offering, is the welcome mat to flavourtown, and its sumptuous bottom, is dense with flavour. Second Cup’s carrot oat crumble muffin hits all of these delicious points. “Best carrot muffin I’ve ever had,” said one of our tasters. And another simply said, “freshness awesome,” as if full sentences weren’t important.

How it scored out of 5:

5

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Sea Salt Cookie

The question around this cookie was, where’s the effing salt? It’s called “sea salt cookie,” and yet no one could really pick up on the saltiness. However, some tasters still loved it for its dunking capabilities. “The name seems like a major misnomer, but it would die in milk like a champ,” proposed one taste tester. Another taster, not so convinced, said, “This is so disgustingly sweet and I would never eat this thing again.” It’s good, if you’ve got a major sweet tooth.

How it scored out of 5:

3

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