Sip, sip, hooray — the seasons are changing and Starbucks offers another way you can celebrate in style.
In the beginning, the Frappuccino was only available in two flavors: coffee and mocha. Over 22 years later, Starbucks is still celebrating the drink’s sweet success. Ranging from Lady Gaga-inspired refreshers to the infamous Zombie Frappuccino, click through to see Starbucks’ best offerings.
Birthday Cake Frappuccino
In 1995, the inventive minds at Starbucks gave birth to a drink idea that would nearly define a generation — with that, the Frappuccino was born.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of its inception, Starbucks launched the Birthday Cake Frappuccino in the summer of 2015. Touted as a “creamy blend of vanilla bean and hazelnut,” it was even topped with a festive swirl of pink whipped cream. And, if it just so happens to be your birthday, why not celebrate at Starbucks for free with a Birthday Cake Frappuccino?
Holiday Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino
Move over, red cups. The only thing more synonymous with the holiday season at Starbucks is the addition of peppermint sprinkled across the menu.
Introducing the refreshing winter treat just in time for the holidays, the Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino was hardly an exception. It featured a hefty dose of mocha sauce and peppermint syrup to get your taste buds tickling, and was topped off with a decadent dose of dark chocolate curls.
Mocha Coconut Frappuccino
The Mocha Coconut Frappuccino is a fabled myth for the Frappuccino faithful — it was created nearly two decades ago in 2002, disappearing for nearly a decade before reappearing on menus nationwide in 2011. The drink gained such a cult following, it has since been reborn again — this time on a supermarket shelf near you in a bottled format.
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The quintessence of Instagram glory, the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino embodied its namesake: rare, unique and magical.
This technicolor taste-quencher had a complex flavor palate. Starting off fruity and sweet with hints of mango and passion fruit, the Unicorn got feisty and packed a sour wallop — creating a sugar rush that bit back.
Available for just one week in April 2017, the neon drink created mass hysteria at many local Starbucks. With many local stores unprepared for the overwhelming demand, some even sold out within hours.
Mango Pineapple Frappuccino
Dying for a taste of the tropics? Starbucks had you covered.
In summer of 2017, they introduced the Mango Pineapple Frappuccino — a sweet tango of tropical tartness, blended with some sweet summertime top notes. The drink featured a standard Frappuccino base, drizzled with mango pineapple sauce and bright orange syrup. This Frappuccino only clocked in at 260 calories for a 16-ounce grande, a pretty healthy take on the sweet drink.
Cherry Blossom Frappuccino
The Cherry Blossom Frappuccino debuted in the spring of 2016. It took a Japanese staple and transformed it into an American craze, creating a concoction with strawberries, white chocolate and matcha in honor of the Japanese sakura tradition. This Frappuccino was available for over six years before it debuted in the states, which added to the allure.
Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino
There’s nothing quite like summer nights — take it from Danny and Sandy — and with the addition of the Midnight Mint Mocha Frap, that was just the mood Starbucks was trying to evoke.
The Midnight Mint Mocha debuted in spring of 2017 and was inspired by “the heydays of summer,” according to Jennica Robinson from the Starbucks beverage development team. “We were inspired by thoughts of dark starry nights, looking up at the sky with a cool summer breeze,” said Robinson.
It featured extra-dark chocolate and cool mint sugar to give it the signature summertime richness. It was a refreshing trip to the dark side for Frappuccino lovers.
Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino
This legendary flavor combo is as sassy and sweet as its cartoon character cohort. Introduced as part of the “last sip of summer” campaign in 2015, the Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino blends the sweet taste of strawberries and vanilla — adding a dash of hazelnut syrup to balance the fruity flavor.
Frappuccino Cookie Straw
The drink you devour is only as good as the straw you sip it through — at least, that’s what the Starbucks Frappuccino Cookie Straw wants you to believe.
This sweet wafer biscuit is reminiscent of a Pirouette cookie and is “lined with a rich chocolate ganache,” according to Starbucks. The downside to such a sweet straw? Typically, you don’t need to take into account the calories for the device you drink out of, but this one will get you for 90 calories.
Seattle Seahawks Superbowl Frappuccino
2015 was a pretty exciting time for residents of Seattle. Their beloved Seahawks took home football’s top prize, and Starbucks was ready to cheer on their home team.
The Seattle-based coffee shop decided to show some love at its roots, featuring a special Frappuccino designed by one of its own baristas at the store in Kent, Wash. The drink — a blueberry-infused Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino with matcha green whipped cream — proudly honors the Seahawks’ blue and green colors.
Berry Prickly Pear Frappuccino
Don’t prickle at this sweet summertime drink. Starbucks introduced the Berry Prickly Pear Frappuccino in the summer of 2017 alongside the Mango Pineapple flavor, making mango the flavor of the season.
The drink featured a mango-blended creme base with a strawberry and prickly pear fruit puree, perfectly pairing the berry richness with the light tang of the mango and prickly pear.
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Campfires, starry nights and s’mores are all you need for the ultimate summer night. Starbucks decided to bring this dose of summertime sweetness into sippable form with the addition of the S’mores Frappuccino to the summer 2016 and 2017 lineups.
Featuring a blend of coffee and milk chocolate with the addition of marshmallow-infused whipped cream, the limited-edition drink was even topped off with a graham cracker crumble.
Campfire songs, anyone?
Lemon Bar Frappuccino
The Lemon Bar Frappuccino was another sweet take on summertime favorites. This time, however, it was a play on the classic lemonade. Featuring a blend of the traditional Frappuccino creme base as well as a lemonade base, it had a healthy dose of whipped cream and a caramel sugar sprinkle to sweeten the deal.
Molten Chocolate Frappuccino
Love is sweet, but sugar is sweeter. Starbucks decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2016 with their own drinkable ode to burning passion: the Molten Chocolate Frappuccino. With a mocha coffee base, the delightfully rich drink was paired with chocolate chips, mocha-espresso whipped cream and even a mocha-espresso drizzle.
Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino
Starbucks wanted this drink to remind you of ocean waves, suntan lotion and the smell of freshly made waffle cones drifting along the breeze. With a blend of waffle cone syrup, dark caramel sauce and coffee, it even gets a topping of actual waffle cone pieces to send you into ice cream overload.
“When you think of waffle cones in an ice cream shop, it’s that aroma of the caramelized brown sugar and butter that draw you in,” said Maretta Delacruz of the Starbucks beverage development team. “We used these aromas as our inspiration to capture the flavor of the new Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino.”
Red Velvet Cake Creme Frappuccino
Red Velvet is usually good at evoking ideas of luxury — rich cocoa, smooth sweetness and luxe elegance. Starbucks didn’t pull any punches with the addition of this drink to their limited-edition lineup, taking the time to evoke the essence of red velvet in an attempt to intoxicate the senses.
The drink featured a blend of chocolate chips, mocha sauce, raspberry and vanilla — allowing the rich sweetness to tango with the light, refreshing berry notes.
This Halloween, Starbucks released its latest offering: the Zombie Frappuccino. Typically, something flavored after the undead isn’t appealing to most crowds, but Starbucks took its ghoulish concoction and gave it a familiar, nostalgic flair.
With a taste reminiscent of a caramel apple candy lollipop, the drink features a green base flavored with caramel, mocha syrup for a bloody touch and a shock of pink whipped cream to top it off.
Act fast, because the lifespan of this undead drink is a short one — Oct. 26 to Oct. 31.
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