A summer addition to Hungry Jack’s Penny Pinchers Menu is the Barista Bros Frozen Iced Coffee ($2.00). Coming in its own branded cup, it consists of Barista Bros coffee flavoured frozen mixture made with 100% Arabica coffee, soft serve and chocolate dusting. D and I enjoy the bottles of iced coffee by Barista Bros, so we had high hopes for this collaboration with Hungry Jack’s.
Alas, any hopes for a frappe version of their bottled products are bound to be disappointed. First up, the colour is of an off-white than the light brown iced coffee colour suggested by the advertising. And second, the coffee component is a coffee-flavoured frozen mixture made from a machine much like a slushie or the frozen Coke and Fanta beverages long sold at Hungry Jack’s.
Being coffee-flavoured, the beverage takes on the flavour of a sweet coffee syrup rather than a more aromatic espresso shot. Combined with the slight effervescence in the frozen mixture, the beverage recalls the flavour of a coffee flavoured cola like Coca-Cola BlāK. The creamy component of the iced coffee comes from the soft serve, although it’s difficult to mix the soft serve in with the iced coffee part to get a decent creamy coffee drink, so while you can enjoy the soft serve in its own right — which has a milkier flavour than the one at McDonald’s — the coffee syrup flavour becomes too much by the end.
We’ll stick to the bottles of iced coffee by Barista Bros in the future.
Barista Bros Frozen Iced Coffee appeared on Hungry Jack’s menus in Sydney, Australia during January 2017.