Starbucks debuts mini cupcakes and cake pops for 40th anniversary, free sample Thursday, Friday, Saturday, with drink purchase

Starbucks is celebrating their 40th anniversary by introducing new mini desserts, a line called Petite Treats, which includes mini cupcakes, and everything is under 200 calories each. They've been selling regular-size cupcakes seasonally for the last few years on a limited edition basis.

Starbucks cake pops (170-180 calories) in Birthday Cake, Tiramisu and Rocky Road

I went to a Starbucks today and they were sold out of the birthday cake pop, so they are selling.

The good news? On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, if you buy a drink at Starbucks, you get to sample one of these for free! Via and their Facebook page:

To mark the last 40 years, we invite everyone to join us for Tribute Days. This event is a celebration of you – because without you, there is no us.

If you come to Starbucks between 2 and 5 p.m. on March 10-12, we’ll treat you to a free Starbucks Petites when you order any handcrafted beverage (while supplies last). We hope to

My take on the cupcakes (haven't tried the cake pops yet, but I will soon): very good, and I'm pleased they are minis. The peanut butter frosting is unusual, in a good way. It's thick, and certainly I couldn't eat all of it that's on there, but I like the presentation. It's thick in a way that I think is authentic to actual peanut butter, and it's sweet, but not sickeningly so. The cake is moist and decent, but could use more sweet/chocolate flavor. I find that a lot with chocolate cakes; they are not bad, exactly, but they aren't adding much because they just have too little flavor.

I don't particularly like cream cheese frosting, so I can't be an accurate judge on that (maybe some of our other bloggers will taste these and chime in), but I actually really liked the carrot cake. The flavor was sweet but not too intense, it was light and had a nice texture. So overall, I'm pleased.

I also like that they cost $1.50 each or 2 for $2.50, 6 for $7.50; this covers their entire Petite Treats line, which is the mini cupcakes, cake pops, red velvet mini whoopie pies and lemon and salted caramel squares (those are two separate items, not lemon/salted caramel together).

You can see a few more photos in my Flickr set.

Descriptions from the Starbucks website:

"Vanilla cake and icing, dipped in a pink chocolaty coating with white sprinkles."

"Vanilla cake and Starbucks® coffee with vanilla icing, dipped in mocha flavored chocolaty coating, with a chocolate coffee bean."

"Chocolate cake and icing dipped in a dark chocolaty coating, with mini marshmallows and roasted almonds."

I'm also impressed that Starbucks is putting full nutritional information for these desserts online, including calories, vitamins, and ingredients. Follow the links below for full nutritional information for each cupcake and cake pop:

carrot cake mini cupcake

peanut butter mini cupcake

birthday cake cake pop

tiramisu cake pop

rocky road cake pop