In the past few months, I’ve succumbed to the Starbucks loyalty app. There is a Starbucks next to my apartment (which is union shop!), there’s a Starbucks right next to my office, and I work my way through every single item on the Starbucks menu like my job. And sometimes, that’s really practical, as in the case of trying a new, somewhat trendy but very late breakfast offering – the new chicken, maple butter, egg sandwich from Starbucks.
What does a Starbucks chicken, maple butter, and egg sandwich taste like?
Before I took the first bite, I could tell you they were really wandering into the maple part of the sandwich – in my busy Starbucks neighborhood filled with all manner of espresso smells next door, the stench slapped me in the face before the coffee maker handed me. me my request. Once it was out of the package, if I couldn’t see what the item looked like, I would have assumed there was a pile of maple-covered flapjacks in front of me.
And the look of the sandwich is, well, pretty disappointing. However, that didn’t discourage me at first. The Starbucks sausage, egg and cheese sandwich is one of my favorites and not the prettiest thing to look at. The first bite was pretty much identical to what I was smelling – although there are both eggs and chicken pie, the sandwich tastes a bit like muffins. That’s likely due to the toasted oatmeal cookie rolls used as sandwich bread, a thick, fluffy bite soaked completely in maple butter that’s easily the best part of the sandwich.
The egg is good, the same kind of egg you’d expect to find in any fast food breakfast sandwich, meaning it’s inoffensive enough but too bland to stand out against the bolder flavours. Chicken is the real disappointment. Unfortunately for Starbucks, companies can’t call it chicken sandwiches anymore. The strap is set to a large height during Big chicken sandwich boom in 2021. This seemingly microwaveable, devastatingly unripe lump doesn’t cut it, and it just disappears like an egg in a sandwich.
The silver lining of this offering is a toasted oatmeal cookie roll, and I hope Starbucks continues to experiment with how to incorporate it into its other breakfast offerings. Heck, I’d even have that alone with a big pile of maple butter. But the chicken can go. It’s okay, Starbucks, you don’t have to be good at everything. And the sooner the chain realizes he’s no good at chicken sandwiches, the better.