In addition to trying great takes on classic chocolates I like to enjoy innovative flavors and presentations.
While it is not a completely new design I have recently become enamored with cake balls due to my love of truffles. As I go on my adventures looking for the next chocolate goody I came across cake pops while visiting the Starbucks kiosk in Chevy Chase Pavilion. I do not usually partake in their beverages but I gravitated towards their cake pops which are cake balls on a stick. Simple enough I know but there needs to be more foods on a stick.
Each cake pop is $1.50 and 2 for $2.50. I tried the salted caramel and the chocolate raspberry pops. Both are visually enticing with caramel and raspberry playfully swirled on the top of each cake ball. The salted caramel pop is a milk chocolate shell with white chocolate covering about have of the shell decorated with a caramel swirl and sea salt sprinkled on top. Of course salt and caramel work well while the white chocolate is just kind of there but when you bite into the cake ball the cake filling is so nice and moist while also not being too chocolate. The flavors of the caramel and salt really shine evoking the name of the pop.
The raspberry cake ball was more one note but it was a great note. The raspberry swirl on the outside is made using a powdered raspberry sugar crystals which blend the appropriate amount of sweet and raspberry tartness. Raspberry mixes well with the milk chocolate shell as you take a bite but the cake in this instances, while the same, overpowers the delicate raspberry crystals.
Also, there is a third cake pop called "birthday cake" that you may want to try. It must be good because every time I have gone into a Starbucks with the intention of getting a cake pop (which is all of 3 times in the past year) that flavor has been sold out.
Keep in mind that the cake pops are available at any local Starbucks that sells baked goods. I would highly recommend the salted caramel pop but for the price of 2 you might as well give both or all 3 flavors a whirl.