Let’s talk about this drink for a minute. Let’s talk about how delicious it was. I don’t think it is any secret what I like. Coffee. Chocolate. Spice. Combine these three things and I am happy. Add in ice cream (ok frozen yogurt) and it is even better. Perhaps unstoppable.
Despite my love of Starbucks, I was never a huge fan of Frappucinos. Something about them (the old formula) didn’t agree with me completely. Something about them (the new formula) scares me away from even trying them again (maybe the gum?). I do love milkshakes, but it seems to be difficult to find one that isn’t giant while you are out and about. Oh! That brings up another thing I have made clear that I love. Sitting outside to eat.
This post is more of a story than anything. I haven’t tried many things on the Saxbys menu. Yet. Let’s start at the beginning.
When I worked in Manayunk (a decade ago already!), I was a regular at Bucks County Coffee. There was something special about buying my coffee from a local company. At that point the most convenient Starbucks to my neighborhood was Plymouth Meeting, so Bucks County it was… I may have even applied at Bucks once. They only hired people with Barista experience?! Really? You don’t want to train people? You just wanted Starbucks sloppy seconds? So, I worked at Starbucks. For almost 6 years. No offense Bucks, but you lost a customer because you wouldn’t hire me. Free Coffee > Local Coffee. And my Starbucks family was pretty awesome.
Fast forward to sometime in the last 5 years. Sometime since I stopped working at Starbucks, moved back to the old neighborhood, and returned to Manayunk regularly. Sometime when Bucks County Coffees closed and were quickly replaced by Saxbys all over the Delaware Valley. It was like Bucks County Coffee. The chalkboard menus were still there. The comfortable atmosphere was still there. It seemed a little less coffee-snobby and a little more modern all around snobby (Just like me!). The chai latte’s were still good. They still burned my soymilk almost every time. And really, our visits to Saxby’s vs. Starbucks in Manayunk just depended on what end of Main Street we were parked near. Then the Saxbys disappeared! What the what?! Soon we realized it was reopening down the street. Closer to Starbucks?! Close enough that we hadn’t been there yet. Until yesterday.
Today I went to Manayunk to visit a friend. We were going to bake cookies and hang out for a bit. Awesome Star Wars sugar cookies to be exact. Sugar cookie dough, however, needs to be refrigerated for a few hours before you can cut it into awesome shapes. So we had some time to kill and it was a gorgeous day out. Off we go to Manayunk! Once again Colleen mentioned the FroYo at Saxbys and asked if we had a chance to try it yet. Of course I hadn’t, so we had a destination!
I told you this was a long story. Trust me.
This drink is worth it.
So. On our way there, I am told about the Mocha Mexicana they have on the menu at Saxbys. Of course I want the Mocha Mexicana! Chocolate. Cinnamon. Coffee. Why wouldn’t I want that! Can I have it iced? Of course. Can I have it blended? Sure. Well. Maybe. I caused quite a ruckus in the Saxbys in Manyunk today apparently.
I was all hyped up about the FroYo I HAD to try. But then, a coffee drink sounded so delightful. So I asked if they would blend my Mocha Mexicana with FroYo instead of ice. Blended ice….bleh. I like my margaritas and all other drinks on the rocks if ice is needed. Oh man. You would think this was the scariest question these girls have ever been asked. One asked the other. The other asked me to repeat. Then she went to get the manager. And I explained it to him. Maybe a little more receptive. I’m not going to lie. Maybe a lot more receptive once I mentioned I had a food blog. Name dropper? WHAT?! haha.
So began the project. I described what I thought it should be. Testing ensued. Below is Sample #1. We started without the coffee. Chocolate Frozen Yogurt and cinnamon syrup. It needed a bit more cinnamon kick. Sample #2 included coffee and more cinnamon. AWESOME.
The final beverage was a full size version. Since they started with smaller portions, he doubled the cinnamon in the final version. It was a bit too much. But it was still pretty awesome. We decided on the final cinnamon to be in between. I won’t tell you the exact number of pumps. It’s officially a Saxbys secret. But isn’t the drink pretty topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon?
I was told this would be a special drink for the Summer at Saxbys in Manayunk. Maybe it will be named after Not Just Take Out? I have big goals! I will create a new recipe for them every week if they let me name them all 🙂 I do miss working in a cafe. Almost all the time. I especially miss concocting ridiculously awesome recipes. So long story for a short summary:
The team at the Saxbys in Manayunk is pretty cool. They aren’t afraid to try new things if you don’t give up 🙂 They do already have a huge menu though, so maybe you don’t need to be as obnoxious as I am/was. It is a super roomy space, so if you are looking to hang out for a bit, it is a way better option than Starbucks. They have a ton of outdoor seating which I adore!
They have a new Summer beverage! I can’t tell you for sure, but it might be named “Not Just Take Out” or maybe they’ll name it the “mrs ptb”? It is chocolate frozen yogurt, coffee, and cinnamon. It is pretty awesome. A perfect balance of smooth coffee, creamy chocolate, and spicy cinnamon. YUM!
Thanks to the manager (I think?) Scott for trying it out until it was perfected! Now go try it yourself. Saxbys Manayunk is located at 4343 Main Street, Manayunk, Phila, Pa, 19128. Call for their daily hours. 267-323-2257
If this isn’t close by, check out their website to find a location near you. Maybe my recipe will go INTERNATIONAL. lol.
And lastly, one more awesome thing about Saxbys. Check out the plastic to-go cups: They are made out of corn, so they are biodegradable. Very Cool.