2006-05-31 / Features

Councilmembers, Actors, Demonstrate Pedal Power

The Starbucks Celebrity Blender Bike-Off Challenge for Charity was held Thursday, May 25 at Trump Tower, Manhattan. Among the celebrities who competed for the title of "Top Banana" while blending the latest Starbucks beverages on stationary blenderbikes was City Councilmember Eric Gioia, who joined such notables as Mario Cantone, Steve Schirripa (Bobby on "The Sopranos"), Miss Universe 2005 and Chef Mark Murphy. To celebrate the introduction of the new Banana Frappuccino summer beverages, the cyclists competed to win $10,000 to donate to their favorite New York cause.

In celebration of the launch of two new tropically inspired Frappuccino blended beverages, the celebrities faced off on Starbucks blender-bikes to create the "perfect" Banana Coconut Frappuccino, which was rated on time and taste. The Fender Blender is a pedal-powered stationary bike fitted with a blender. It whips up an awesome Frappuccino blended beverage. Customers will see hundreds of the custom-designed, beach cruiser-cool Starbucks Fender Blenders popping up all over the country this summer at festivals, concerts, street fairs and community events.

Fender Blender Facts:

+ A cycling zealot can whip up as many as 180 Tall Frappuccino blended beverages in an hour.

+ The fastest Frappuccino blended beverage creation on record is 14 seconds.

+ It takes about 30 seconds for the average person to perfectly pedal a Frappuccino blended beverage (allow extra time if you want to add coconut flakes).

+ The average rider will burn about three calories for each Frappuccino blended beverage. + In a pinch, the Fender Blender can grind coffee or make a snappy guacamole too!

Frappuccino Beverage Facts:

The Banana Coconut Frappuccino blended coffee starts with real banana puree and the finest Latin American coffees which are blended with premium coconut syrup, milk and ice. Each Banana Coconut Frappuccino drink can then be topped with whipped cream and real toasted coconut flakes for an authentic taste of a tropical escape.

For the banana purist, Starbucks Bananas & Crme Frappuccino blended crme is a vibrant blend of real banana puree, milk, and ice. Topped with real whipped cream, the Bananas & Crme Frappuccino blended crme is the perfect cool and creamy summer treat. Participants in the Starbucks Fender Blender Challenge for Charity posed after competing for the title of "Top Banana" at New York's Trump Tower on Thursday, May 25. (L. to r.) are: City Councilmember Eric Gioia, Councilmember Michael McMahon, actor Steve Schirripa of "The Sopranos", Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005, celebrity chef Marc Murphy and actor Mario Cantone from "Sex and the City". The event celebrated the launch of Starbucks' new Banana Frappuccino beverages.

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