Starbucks Petites, a line of under 200 calorie desserts, were introduced in 2011, as part of the company's 40th birthday celebration. To celebrate their anniversary, the coffee company held a three day event that they called Starbucks Tribute Days on March 10-12, 2011. The event was also accompanied by the launch of a new Starbucks Tribute coffee blend, Starbucks Tribute mugs, and Starbucks Tribute coffee canisters. During Starbucks Tribute days, customers received a free Starbucks Petite cake pop, cup cake, or square with the purchase of a "handcrafted beverage."
Original Starbucks Petites
The new line of Starbucks Petites originally consisted of 8 mini cakes, cupcakes, squares,and pops which ranged from 120 to 200 calories each. Some of the Petites are familiar- the Birthday Cake pop is merely a smaller version of the Starbucks birthday cake mini donut, but there were also new flavors such as Red Velvet Whoopie Pie and Salted Caramel Squares.
2012 Starbucks Petites Selections
In the spring of 2012, Starbucks brought back the Tribute blend for a limited time, and added tarts and filled pastries to the Petites line. Some of the original Petites, included the Salted Caramel Squares were dropped to make room for new items. The current Petites menu includes Apple Pie, Birthday Cake Pop, Brown Sugar Walnut Tart, Cherry Pie, Chocolate Creme Whoopie Pie, Chocolate Hazelnut Tart, Raspberry Truffle Cake Pop, Red Velvet Whoopie Pie, and Tiramisu Cake Pop. All selections may not be available at all Starbucks locations.