KANSAS CITY — Colorful creations are trending on menus, with many tied to specific celebrations.
Starbucks is celebrating the summer season with a trio of Teavana beverages boasting bright colors and fruity flavors. The three tea lemonades are all sweetened with liquid cane sugar and shaken with ice.
The Teavana Peach Green Tea Lemonade features Teavana green iced tea combined with a peach-flavored fruit juice blend and lemonade.
The Teavana Guava White Tea Lemonade blends Teavana white iced tea with a guava-flavored fruit juice blend and lemonade.
The Teavana Blueberry Black Tea Lemonade mixes Teavana black iced tea with a blueberry-flavored fruit juice blend and lemonade.
“Starbucks’ newest, colorful beverages — Teavana Flavored Tea Lemonades — are a perfect way to refresh during hot summer days,” Starbucks said. “These delicious flavors are available year-round.”
Inspired by Independence Day, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is introducing a collection of patriotic donuts decorated with the holiday hues of red, white and blue.
The Freedom Ring Doughnut, inspired by the American flag, is decorated with red, white and blue icing and is topped with red, white and blue sprinkles.
The Sprinkled Ring Doughnut is an Original Glazed donut dipped in white icing and topped with red, white and blue sprinkles.
The Firework Ring Doughnut is dipped in blue icing and decorated with red and white stripes.
Dairy Queen is debuting the Zero Gravity Blizzard Treat to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing. The colorful dessert features Oreo cookie pieces, sparkly cosmic swirls and a sweet cotton candy topping blended with vanilla soft serve and finished with multi-colored galaxy sprinkles.
“Consumers have had an unwavering fascination with outer space since America’s landmark achievement nearly half a century ago,” said Maria Hokanson, executive vice-president of marketing at American Dairy Queen Corporation. “Fans can feed their imaginations and taste buds alike with the Zero Gravity Blizzard Treat — sending their red spoon spaceships into a deliciously iridescent soft serve galaxy.
Also celebrating the moon landing anniversary is Marble Slab Creamey. Activated charcoal lends its smoky hue to the chain’s new ice cream flavor: Chocolate Mocha Ice Cream. Featuring notes of chocolate mocha and activated charcoal, the flavor stars in a new over-the-top shake and may be paired with the new charcoal-infused Black Hole Waffle Cone.
The Moondust Majestic Shake is a Charcoal Mocha shake served in a jar rimmed with vanilla frosting and Oreo crumbles that is piled with whipped topping, more Oreos, marshmallows, cotton candy, a black cherry rock candy lollipop and Milky Way by Sprinkle Pop sprinkles.
“We’re reaching for the stars this summer at Marble Slab Creamery with our new Charcoal Mocha flavor and Moondust Majestic Shake,” said Annica Kreider, executive vice-president of Marble Slab Creamery. “Our Majestic shake line continues to be extremely popular, and we love seeing our customers enjoying the treats on social media. This season is going to be ecliptic at Marble Slab Creamery.”