By Emma Watson | 17 January 2016 09:02:25The starbucks calorie count has become an icon of the frozen desserts revolution, with its own food and drink menu, a social media presence, and a starbucks ice cream line that is often touted as the healthiest on the market.
It’s been a long journey for the chain, which was founded in 1875 in New York by the Irish immigrant Mary Pickford, who was inspired by the idea of a healthier alternative to the cheap and unhealthy food she had grown up eating.
Starbucks, which has been making its way through the United States since 1985, started as a “family-owned company” and was incorporated in the US in 1961, with a number of locations throughout the country.
At the time, the chain was owned by John Paulson, an investor who had previously bought the chain from his father, John Paul, in 1977.
At its height, the company was the largest private company in the world, with annual revenues of $4.6bn.
At one point, the iconic frozen dessert was sold to Kraft for $3.2bn, a move that saw the company’s fortunes spiral downward.
Kraft and Starbuck are the brands owned by Paulson.
In 2007, the brothers began selling their brands in the United Kingdom and Australia, as well as China.
Since then, the brands have become the subject of several high-profile lawsuits over ingredients and health claims.
Starbuck’s claim to fame, however, is its chocolate, which the company calls “the best chocolate in the universe”.
Starbucks also has a history of marketing itself as being the “healthiest company on Earth”, which is partly why the company has a number “Starbuck” emoji on its menu.
Starbursts are not exactly free of dairy, as the company sells the “free of cholesterol” chocolate bars to customers who are eligible for free or reduced-price milk, as is the case for many US and Australian customers.
Starbucks health claim is that they are “100% dairy-free”, however, it’s important to note that Starbucks does not claim to be the “premium brand” for butter, milk or butter alternatives.