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Exclusive: Tasting Starbucks's New However-You-Want-It Frappuccino

Tasting Starbucks's New However-You-Want-It Frappuccino

Last week, coffee drinkers learned Starbucks would soon be serving vegan blended frozen drinks as a result of a recent Frappuccino reformulation. While the official unveiling of the new Frappuccino line isn't until next Tuesday, May 4, I got an early preview of the customizable recipe. Was it any better than the old one? Find out when you keep reading.

Until recently, all Frappuccinos began with a dairy-based powder, regardless of flavor. In contrast, the new blended drinks start out with one of three liquid, non-dairy bases: a coffee base, a coffee light base (which contains some Stevia and has half the calories of the original), and a creme base (which contains no coffee extracts).

The media-savvy company is also introducing new blenders (with a separate blender dedicated to soy products), which are significantly quieter and generate a creamier drink. In addition, Starbucks is unveiling three new drinks: the Soy Strawberries & Creme, Extra Coffee Caramel, and Mocha Light Frappuccinos. I tried the Soy Strawberries & Creme, and found that despite its natural flavors, it didn't taste particularly like a real strawberry.


What I really enjoyed was going wild creating customizable flavors. I ordered a Grande Soy Sugar-Free Cinnamon Dolce Javachip Frappuccino, light on the upside-down whip, with cinnamon dolce topping — and absolutely loved every sip of it. For comparison purposes, I also sampled my standard Frap, the Coffee Light; it was airier and creamier, with finer, more consistent ice particles than before.

Overall, I consider it a change for the better — although I hope the change won't affect store efficiency. Are you excited for the new Frappuccinos?

The new blender.

The new Soy Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino.

The consistency of the new Frappuccino is finer and more consistent.

From left to right, the Coffee, Coffee Light, and Creme Frappuccino bases.

My custom Frappuccino creation.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
So lately I've been going to Happy Hour and trying different drinks. So far I have tried (all with soy, no whipped): -Caramel Raspberry (my fav at Nordstrom for 8 years) -Mocha Raspberry -Caramel -Strawberries and creme So far my top favorite is Caramel Raspberry. They add too much rasp though and the flavor overpowers the caramel, so if you order it, ask for a smaller squirt of it.
ashleyheatherr ashleyheatherr 7 years
Starbucks is over-rated. I never go there anymore.
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
i like it!
weffie weffie 7 years
Mmmm I miss fraps! It should be mentioned that the light base contains dairy, the other two are vegan and gluten-free.
Spartygirl03 Spartygirl03 7 years
I don't frequent Starbucks often (ie. mostly in airports) but I think it's good their providing more dietary options. It will be interesting to see the calorie counts though on some of these. Obviously they won't be able to provide them for the customizable flavors, but I have a feeling they aren't going to be very waist friendly!
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 7 years
Mocha Light Frappuccinos aren't new? They've been on the menu for a while... unless it's some sort of even lighter version.
Spiderlove Spiderlove 7 years
Vegan here too... and yes, I'm excited! (Not actually so much for the frap, more that it's becoming more acceptable for businesses to carry such things!) Yay!
girlA girlA 7 years
As a vegan, I am so excited about this. I hope this shows other specialty drink places and restaurants that vegan choices are not that difficult to make and that there is a market!
noxcatt noxcatt 7 years
Im super excited for soy versions. Becoming vegan a year ago I miss having a frozen drink like that.
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