Downsized desserts like the Starbucks Petites line and Dairy Queen's Mini Blizzards get points for making portion control easy, but you're still paying more to eat less.
In other words, the price of these treats doesn't shrink in direct proportion with the size. Take a Starbucks Birthday Cake Pop, for example: $1.50 buys you 170 calories (which essentially is consumed in two bites). A full-size piece of the Iced Lemon Pound Cake, on the other hand, is 490 calories for $2.25, but it can't be inhaled quite as quickly.
So clearly these cutesy cupcakes aren't a value, but maybe paying an extra buck or so for some help in the self-control department isn't such a bad idea. And for people who aren't huge sugar heads and truly just want "a little something sweet," these could be the perfect solution.
If, however, you're like me, a teensy-weensy Red Velvet Whoopie Pie doesn't even register as actual food (it's too easy to ignore the sign obviously stating how many calories it contains), and you end up buying several different tiny desserts, thusly spending more money than you would have if you'd just bought one full-size piece of cake or whatever.
The Mini Blizzard, for me, is more promising: I just can't see myself ordering more than one Blizzard at a time, no matter what the size.
What do you think of the tiny treat trend?
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