The year in review for Starbucks’ blended ice dessert drinks is a delicious trip down memory lane.
As the year comes to a close, it’s natural to think back on the year that was. Some choose to reminisce about the joys and adventures they experienced, while others’ minds are drawn towards lamentable regrets and missteps.
Being the optimists we are at SoraNews24, we’re in the former group, and as we recall the events of 2018, we’re reminded again of how awesome Starbucks Japan’s Frappuccinos are. So join us for a retrospective of 10 delicious Frappuccinos from the past 12 months.
Japan’s sakura cherry blossoms usually don’t bloom until April, but the traditional confectionery known as sakura mochi is a February treat, and the Frappuccino it inspired was our taste tester Meg’s all-time favorites.
A stems-only green tea Frappuccino? Unusual as it may sound, this hojicha (roasted green tea) drink, the first in Starbucks’ Japan Wonder Project, is based on a much-loved variety of tea from Ishikawa Prefecture, and was definitely crazy enough to work.
Look, we always want more S’mores (that’s where the name comes from, after all). But what really made this drink stand out was that it uses 50 percent more matcha powder than the standard Japanese-spec green tea Frappuccino, giving it a deeply beautiful color and immensely satisfying flavor.
A crispy Frappuccino? Yep. While the blended ice drinks are usually slushy in consistency, this autumn offering was topped with imo kempi sweet potato cookie bits, creating an unprecedented and thoroughly enjoyable texture.