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Starbucks Topped Its New Frappuccino With Chocolate Cake (Photos)

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In another case of Asian Starbucks stores being far superior in the realm of Frappuccinos, cake-topped Fraps have hit select Starbucks Japan locations for a limited time, according to Brand Eating.

They’re cold, they’re creamy, they’re topped with discs of fudgy chocolate cake; they’re the Chocolate Cake Top Frappuccinos — available in both coffee and matcha flavors.

Both varieties begin with a base of Creme Frappuccino, blended with almonds for a nutty boost of thickness. Then they’re topped with a round piece of chocolate cake and a generous dollop of whipped cream. 

The Cake Top Frap seems to draw inspiration from its pie-topped predecessor: the American Cherry Pie Frappuccino from Japan. The beverage also combines drink with dessert with its cherry and vanilla base and pie-crust dome. 

You can enjoy the cake drink however you want. The cake looks so appetizing on its own, some might be tempted to put it on a separate plate and enjoy alternating bites of chocolaty dessert with sips of sweet Frappuccino, like a Starbucks version of high tea. The intention, though, is for beverage lovers to break up the cake with an accompanying oversize straw, stirring the pieces into the drink until they’re softened and drinkable, resulting in a cakey, shake-like experience.

The embellished libation caters to two different cravings: one for coffee and one for matcha. The Coffee Shot version comes with a coffee sauce, which contrasts beautifully in color with the dark chocolate cake, and a sprinkling of dark mocha powder. The Matcha Shot variety is drizzled with a striking matcha green tea sauce and dusted with matcha powder. 

If you feel like you’ve seen matcha popping up all over the place, you’re not imagining it. The trendy ingredient has made its way into other Starbucks products, like their mini matcha pudding cups and the secret menu’s Matcha Pink Drink. The finely ground green tea powder has gained buzz for its possession of antioxidants, caffeine and, of course, photo-worthy bright color.

If you’re worried about being too indulgent, rest a little easier knowing that the drink is only available in a tall size. Plus, you can always share it with a friend. 

Source: Brand Eating / Photo credit: Pixabay, Starbucks Japan via Brand Eating

Tags: chocolate cake, coffee, frappuccino, Matcha, Starbucks, starbucks japan
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I Scream, You Scream For The Banana Split Frappuccino! (Photos)

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What is cold and creamy, has an entire banana, is topped with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle, and is sipped through a green straw?

The new, the summery, the only-officially-available-in-Asia Banana Split Frappuccino from Starbucks.

In select Asian stores, the dessert-meets-beverage comes to life with a blended base of Mocha Frappuccino and banana puree, according to Brand Eating. The mixture is nestled between a bottom layer of strawberry whipped cream and a top layer of vanilla whipped cream, a sweet chocolate drizzle and crunchy waffle cone pieces.

If you can’t make it across the Pacific, there’s still a way to get your trendy frappuccino fix, although the U.S. version is a bit different. Available only on the secret menu, the fancy frap’s Strawberry and Creme Frappuccino base is amplified by a whole banana, vanilla bean powder and java chips and finished with whipped cream and a mocha drizzle (and caramel if you really want that sundae sweetness). If your barista isn’t familiar with the drink, just read off that list of ingredients with a grateful smile.

Neither version appears to be garnished with a cherry and chopped nuts, but Starbucks can be applauded for effort, considering banana split lovers won’t have to go to an old-school ice cream parlor to enjoy the flavor of the classic sundae — and the drinkable dessert will probably be more of a hit than the infamous banana split Oreos.

Starbucks’ recent creativity in Asia doesn’t stop at Banana Split Frappuccinos. The company has also introduced an Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino. The drink is like coffee times 100 and, apart from having a mouthful of a title, features layers of coffee Frappuccino, coffee pudding, espresso whipped cream and espresso powder.

There’s more! In the new Matcha Earl Grey Jelly Frappuccino, the bottom of the famous Starbucks cup is covered by fragrant Earl Grey jelly and whipped cream. On top goes Green Tea Frappuccino and Earl Grey syrup, followed by yet more whipped cream and matcha green tea powder.

Whichever drink you try first, Starbucks recommends enjoying it with a cookie straw. That might be a good idea for, you know, research.

Longing for the banana split drink to become official in the U.S.? If you order it — and Instagram it — enough, there may be hope.

Source: Brand Eating / Photo credit: Sodanie Chea/Flickr, Brand Eating

Tags: Banana Split, frappuccino, New, Starbucks
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The New Dragon Frappuccino Is So Fierce (Photos)

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Another day, another new and unique Starbucks Frappuccino to try.

Hot on the heels of the release of the mythical and limited-time Unicorn Frappuccino comes the Dragon Frappuccino, the newest magical creature-turned-blended cold drink that you can purchase at a participating Starbucks store near you.

The Dragon Flappucino?? #dragonfrappuccino instead of #unicornfrappucino #starbucks #California #losangeles #LA

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Basically, because the Unicorn Frappuccinos were only available for a mere few days at participating locations, and because the demand for the psychedelic drink was so massively high, many participating Starbucks stores ran out of the supplies it took to create the Unicorn Frappe for their customers, according to Hello Giggles.

In order to appease their caffeine-addicted, unicorn-hunting customers, a few creative baristas stepped up to the plate — er, grande sized mug — and came up with the Dragon Frappuccino as a replacement to the horned horse.

Missed out on ??, but got a taste of ??Frappuccino! #mysticalcreatures #dragonfrappuccino #starbucks

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The Dragon Frappuccino looks pretty similar to the OG Unicorn edition, except it appears the sour blue flavor agent has been replaced with some sort of creamy green mixture.

The green tea Frappuccino base? Perhaps some kind of matcha? Does it even matter what it tastes like with a name that fierce and powerful?

“I apologized profusely to my barista before ordering the basic AF Unicorn Frappuccino – thankfully they were out of the ingredients and offered me something not only cooler and better tasting, but easier to make: the Dragon Frappuccino,” writes one pleased Instagram user.

Have you tried either the Dragon or the Unicorn Frappuccino? Or perhaps both? Which one ended up being the best?

Source: Hello Giggles / Photo Credit: Mercy Martin/Instagram

Tags: Dragon, frappuccino, limited time, Starbucks, unicorn
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Starbucks Baristas Hate The Unicorn Frappuccino (Video)

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How could anything so beautiful be so utterly devastating (video below)?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard of or seen (or even ordered) the new Unicorn Frappuccino at Starbucks.

For a refresher, the drink is a limited time offering at participating Starbucks stores, and its appeal lies solely in its aesthetic.

The drink is hot pink with turquoise accents (think Lisa Frank) and then color-shifts to a pretty purple upon being stirred.

People have been lining up to grab a drink and snap photos of themselves with the mythical concoction before its run is over at stores.

For a while, everything seemed magical and right in this brand new world with Unicorn Frappuccinos in it — until Starbucks baristas started voicing their horror stories.

Apparently, the new frappe has caused massive amounts of grief for Starbucks baristas who think the frappuccino is too much work, way too popular and sometimes difficult to get right, which makes baristas the target of disappointed customers’ collective ire.

“PLEASE DON’T GET IT,” one Colorado barista named Braden Burson posted in a two-minute video rant (that has since been deleted) on his Twitter, but then was re-uploaded to the Barista Life Facebook page.

“My hands are completely sticky… I have unicorn crap all in my hair and on my nose. I have never been so stressed out in my entire life.”

The post has accumulated more than 11,000 reactions as of April 21, and has been shared more than 16,700 times.

Many baristas have taken to the post to voice their own horrible experiences, too.

“Today my store ran out of blue powder around 3 in the afternoon and so we had to stop serving the frappuccino,” one Facebook user wrote. “We turned away literally dozens of people, answered dozens of phone calls about it (because most of the stores in my city ran out), and got chewed out by about half of the people we disappointed, and one person sat in the drive thru window for 12 minutes yelling at my manager over it telling us we’re all bad at our jobs and he was taking it up corporate. This frappuccino has absolutely been hell for us.”

Sheesh! What do you think of all this Unicorn Frappuccino mayhem? Is it enough to stop you from ordering the drink?

Source: Barista Life/Facebook / Photo Credit: Starbucks

Tags: coffee horror, frappuccino, limited time, Starbucks, Unicorn Frapp
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Check Out Starbucks’ Latest Drinks! (Photos)

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Starbucks is offering two new Frappuccino creations, and they’re looking as creative and delicious as ever!

Delish reports that two new Frappuccino flavors coming in the summer of 2017 will include the Pop’zel Coffee Frappuccino and the Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino. These drinks will be available for a limited time in the Philippines, starting April 18. I know, it’s a bit of a bummer that the drinks aren’t available everywhere, but let’s still take a second to enjoy what they’re bringing to the table.

The Pop’zel Coffee Frappuccino features popcorn and pretzel syrup, is topped with whipped cream (of course) and caramel popcorn and salted pretzel. If you aren’t sure whether you’re craving something salty or sweet, or if you are craving both, this drink is perfect for you.

The Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino is a vanilla-flavored drink, and it’s layered with marshmallow whipped cream, chocolate sauce and graham cracker crumbles. On top of the whipped cream, more graham cracker crumbles are added for a nice finish.

Delish seems to suspect that the Pop’zel Coffee Frappuccino is the Starbucks response to a trend currently in Australia for the Freakshake and Freak-accino. These drinks are huge milkshakes and cappuccinos blended and topped with basically everything delicious that you can think of. Throw in cake and brownies and pretzels and anything else your heart desires. Make sure it overloads the cup, and then you have a freakshake. Check it out:

My only question here is that if the new Starbucks drinks are an answer to these freaky drinks, why are the Starbucks drinks available only in the Philippines? Shouldn’t they be available in Australia? Scratch that, I have more than one question. Why isn’t any of this trending in the U.S.?

I guess on this side of the map, we’ll just have to hope that Starbucks brings back our lovely S’mores Frappuccino. At least we can find some indulgent satisfaction in that.

Sources: Delish (2) / Photo Credit: Starbucks Philippines, Starbucks via Delish, Instagram via Delish

Tags: frappuccino, S'mores Frappuccino, Starbucks, Starbucks Philippines
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Take A Look At Starbucks’ New Pokemon Go Frappuccino

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It’s finally here to view!

The new Pokemon Go generation 2 has launched, and in celebration it has partnered with Starbucks to release a new, limited-time Frappuccino.

Gotta catch em all — all those amazing icy caffeine and sugar-filled blended frappes of deliciousness, that is!

Most Starbucks locations have also converted into in-game PokeStops or Gyms for the promotion as well, making the coffee chain any Pokemon Go player’s destination of choice for a dose of caffeine as well as a gamer’s hang-out paradise.

For thirsty fans of the game, the Pokemon Go Frappuccino is made with Starbucks’ classic Vanilla Bean Frappuccino base, and then blended with a delicious mix of raspberry syrup and freeze-dried whole blackberries (um, yum?!). Finally, Brand Eating reports that it is then topped with a delicious dollop of whipped cream.

Sure, it doesn’t necessarily scream Pokemon (we would have imagined something yellow, like a Pikachu, but that’s just us) — however, it sounds yummy, smoothie-like and we can never say no to some fruit-flavored boosts. Maybe it’ll provide antioxidants and energy for Pokemon trainers on the go?

Sources: Brand Eating / Photo Credit: Starbucks via Brand Eating

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Starbucks Brings Back Its Spooky Frappula Frappuccino

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Good news, caffeine fiends: Halloween season isn’t over yet, and in order to fully help you get into the spooky spirit, Starbucks re-released the Frappula Frappuccino at participating locations in the United States and Canada on Oct. 27.

The Halloween-themed frappuccino is sure to put you in the haunted mindset; why? Because it looks like a dang vampire went and stuck its teeth into it, leaving remnants of blood dripping down the sides of the cup.

Luckily, the illusion actually comes from priming the frap-cup with a layer of mocha sauce and whipped cream, before topping that with a blended layer of white chocolate mocha sauce, milk, ice, and then the “blood” — a strawberry puree drizzle that is then again topped with whipped cream.

Starbucks went ahead and called its super-limited time drink offering “fang-tastic” in its press release, so maybe if you’re lucky, your barista will insert some faux-bite marks into the whipped cream on your beverage.

Additionally, Starbucks is offering Mummy Cake Pops, which is actually just its vanilla cake Birthday Cake Pop, but dressed up in a mummy costume for Halloween. You can pick one up at participating Starbucks stores while supplies lasts.

Either way, enjoy your sweet treat, and Happy Halloween!

Source: Starbucks / Photo credit: Starbucks

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Treat Yo Self: Affogato-Style Frappuccinos Are Now Available At Starbucks

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Picture yourself in the summer — in Italy — finishing up a fresh, light dinner with the sun still out but slowly sinking. To cap off the meal, and give yourself that extra boost of energy to continue your night, you do as the Italians do: order a gelato affogato (a scoop of creamy gelato drowned in an espresso shot).

Sound good? Starbucks seems to think so — and the coffee giant wants to bring the affogato experience stateside and up, because starting July 7, customers at Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada will be able to order Affogato-style Frappuccinos.

“We start with a shot of our smooth signature Espresso Roast known for its rich flavor and caramelly sweetness,” said Ryan Coombes from the Starbucks beverage development team. “When you pour the espresso over the Frappuccino, it creates a beautiful marbling finish.”

Apparently, when the barista pours the shot of espresso over the finished frap, the hot espresso combines with the cool base, creating creamy, sweet pockets of coffee throughout the beverage.

The Affogato-style Frappuccinos are available in three classic flavors: Vanilla Bean, Caramel, and Mocha, although the press release reminds us all that technically, any frappuccino can be affogato’d — you just have to ask.

Check out the photos of your new summer indulgence below:

Vanilla Bean

Caramel

Mocha

Source: Starbucks / Photo credits: Starbucks, Starbucks Coffee/Instagram

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Hack Starbucks’ New Drink With This Recipe For Coffee Jelly (Video)

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Move over, Pink and Purple Drinks!

There’s a new Starbucks beverage named Coffee Jelly Starbucks taking the Internet by storm—the Coffee Jelly Frappuccino. Unfortunately, however, unlike the Pink and Purple Drinks, it’s available only in Japan, rendering the exciting new concoction out of reach for most of us.

After Googling the cost of plane tickets to Japan, we settled upon a cheaper way to bring the Coffee Jelly Frappuccino into our hands and onto our Instagram feeds. It turns out that coffee jelly is not only easy to make, but also perfect in a myriad of recipes, from drinks to dessert!

Even better, we found a video demonstrating how to make coffee jelly using instant Starbucks VIA packets, ensuring that your delicious creation is as authentic as possible.

We have a feeling that we’ll be making coffee jelly a lot this summer—it’s refreshing, trendy, and downright delicious. The Starbucks Coffee Jelly Frappuccino is crafted by topping coffee jelly with layers of vanilla custard, frozen blended coffee, and whipped cream, but feel free to customize the recipe to your liking!

Watch the video below, and then get to cooking! While you may not be able to fly to Japan, there’s no reason why that should stop you from enjoying the latest Starbucks trend in the comfort of your own home.

Source: Angel Wong's Kitchen/YouTube / Photo credit: Starbucks Japan/TwitterTags: beverages, blended coffee dessert, coffee, Coffee Jelly, cold coffee, food hacks, frappuccino, Frappuccino recipes, Starbuck, starbucks beverage
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Starbucks Japan’s New Drink Is Making Fans Go Crazy

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Just in case you were looking for yet another reason to travel to Japan, Starbucks just introduced a fabulous new drink that is only available in the enviable island nation.

Called the Coffee Jelly Frappuccino, the drink capitalizes on Japan’s love for gelatin-based desserts. It consists of bitter coffee jelly, vanilla custard sauce, blended frozen coffee, and whipped cream. Besides the delicious-sounding flavor and texture combinations, one of the main appeals of the Coffee Jelly Frappuccino is its gorgeous layers.

Based on the drink’s instant popularity on social media, we think that the Coffee Jelly Frappuccino can already be considered a success. According to Eater, the tweet announcing the beverage’s arrival has already been shared 27,000 times—and that’s before the drink has even become available to customers! We are willing to bet that the drink will become an Instagram sensation the second that it actually appears in stores.

If you’re looking to try the exciting new coffee drink for yourself, it will be available from July 2 to August 31 in Starbucks across Japan. Unfortunately, however, according to Rocket News 24, the drink will cost a cool $5.62—a steep price to pay for a pretty Instagram and a refreshing beverage. Add that to the cost of a plane ticket, and the likes might not be worth it—you be the judge!

Personally, we’ll be trying the drink by making it for ourselves this summer. It turns out that coffee jelly is extremely easy to make and utterly delicious. Check out the recipe here, and prepare for a summer of cool, refreshing coffee jelly topped by silky whipped cream!

Sources: Rocket News 24, Eater / Photo credit: Starbucks via Fox News

Tags: Coffee Jelly, frappuccino, japan, Starbucks
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The Mini Frappuccino Is Back For The Summer In Starbucks Stores

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Good things  — like sales boosts — come in small packages.

That seems to be Starbucks’ summer philosophy, anyway, because as of May 16 the coffee chain is bringing back its blended Frappuccino drinks in “Mini” sizes.

You may remember them from their grand debut last summer, when Starbucks rolled out their Mini-Frapps for a limited time. Although participating stores only offered them for the summer, Starbucks President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Johnson told Wall Street analysts that Mini Frappuccinos (among other beverage innovations) added to sales growth for the spring quarter’s results and were also performing ahead of expectations, as reported by Fortune.

According to last year’s Consumerist post, a standard Mini has 120 calories and 24 grams of sugar, less than the 180 calories and 36 grams of sugar in a tall; therefore, you can still enjoy your favorite flavor for approximately two thirds of the calories.

The Mini-Frapps are at most $0.30 cheaper than Starbucks’ normal smallest size drink (the 12 oz “Tall”) and measure out to 10 ounces. Other than the slight price and weight difference, there is essentially no difference between the Mini-Frapps and their traditional, larger counterparts; Mini-Frapps are available in all the same flavors.

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Sources: Consumerist, Fortune / Photo credit: Starbucks

Tags: frappuccino, mini frappuccino, Starbucks
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Starbucks Introduces Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino For The Summer!

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Starbucks is debuting the Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino for the summer, giving us another reason to wish that the summer lasted forever.

For those days when you can’t decide between an ice cream cone or a Starbucks drink, the Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino gives us that happy medium we’ve all been waiting for.

It will be available in the United States and Canada starting May 3 until the end of the summer, while supplies last. I can’t enjoy this until I’m back home in August, so hopefully there will be plenty of “supplies” left when I get back to Chicago.

Described as “a carnival delight, all grown up,” the Frappuccino consists of a sweet blend of caramel waffle cone syrup, dark caramel sauce, coffee, milk, and ice, topped with whipped cream, more dark caramel sauce, and waffle cone pieces.

Waffle cone syrup, what is that? Is it as delicious as I hope it’ll be? For those of you who are as curious as I am, Frappuccino happy hour is back until May 15, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Get a Frappuccino for half price, either this delicious new Frappuccino or one or your tried-and-true favorites.

The Campfire Classic S’more Frappuccino will also come back for the summer, so we can pretend to be at a bonfire with our closest friends instead of working at the office. Once again, Starbucks knows how to please the kid inside of us all. 

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Sources: Starbucks, Time, Pop Sugar / Photo credit: Joshua Trujillo/Starbucks via Time

Tags: Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino, frappuccino, limited time only, Starbucks, summer
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Starbucks Brings Back The Birthday Cake Frappuccino For A Special Occasion

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Starbucks is bringing back the Birthday Cake Frappuccino to celebrate a very special occasion.

In 1995, Starbucks debuted the Frappuccino for the first time throughout the United States and Canada. Time flies, doesn’t it? Back in the day, there were only two flavors, Coffee and Mocha. No whipped cream. No green straw even.

“The first week of launch we were tracking sales, and it was something like 200,000 drinks the first week – when we were hoping for 100,000,” said Dan Moore, who worked with the operations team at Starbucks headquarters at the time. “The next week it was 400,000 and the next it was 800,000. We had figured it would do well in Southern California – but it sold just as well in Chicago, Vancouver B.C. and Boston. It was huge.”

This new beverage was an all-around success, as it brought customers who were not coffee drinkers into the store and offered an appealing option during warm weather.

“When you think about it, 20 years ago, the business, Starbucks hadn’t launched into a whole host of warm weather markets,” said Dina Campion, a longtime employee who is now part of Starbucks Digital Team. “We were reliant on the holiday season. With Frappuccino, we were able to level out the dips in store traffic in the summer.”

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the beloved beverage, the Birthday Cake Frappuccino will be available in participating stores in the United States and Canada from April 28 to May 2.

The drink consists of a blend of the vanilla bean Frappuccino with hazelnut syrup topped with raspberry-infused pink whipped cream. According to Starbucks Secret Menu, the pink whipped cream is only used for special occasions, so take advantage of it while it’s still in stores!

Although the Birthday Cake Frappuccino is only available for a limited time, if you tell your barista you would like a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with hazelnut syrup, you can enjoy this beverage all year long. 

Sources: Starbucks, [2], Starbucks Secret Menu / Photo credit: Starbucks

Tags: Birthday Cake Frappuccino, frappuccino, History of Starbucks, Starbucks
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Starbucks Brings Back Sweet Surprises, Including A Fan Favorite!

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Although National Caramel Day is one of those holidays you were probably unaware of before reading this article, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t partake in the celebration of this tasty topping.

In honor of National Caramel Day, which is on April 5, Starbucks is bringing back the Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino. The tasty blended beverage will be available for a limited time, from April 5 to April 11, in participating Starbucks locations throughout the United States and Canada.

This drink deliciously combines Frappuccino Roast Coffee, milk, ice, and toffee nut syrup, topped with a layer of caramel sauce that slowly seeps into your sweet drink, plus whipped cream and a touch of mocha sauce.

Starbucks Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino was first created during a contest in 2015. Starbucks added customer-inspired drinks to the official menu, including Cupcake, Red Velvet, Cinnamon Roll, Cotton Candy, and Lemon Bar. Customers loved the blended mixture of caramel and chocolate, so you have one more week to enjoy it!

In addition to the return of the Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino, customers can also enjoy Sweet Receipts from April 5 through April 11. When you visit any participating U.S. Starbucks in the morning, feel free to bring back your receipt after 2:00 pm and purchase any item from the bakery case for $1. This offer will be available for a limited time, so make sure to sample your favorite treats while you can. 

Sounds like a sweet week is in store for Starbucks lovers!

Source: Starbucks / Photo Credit: Starbucks

Tags: Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino, coffee, frappuccino, Starbucks, Sweet Receipts
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