No tricks, double treats as we try Starbucks Japan’s Halloween Witch and Princess Frappuccinos

Two enchanting newcomers just showed up at Starbucks, and we’re here to let you know which is right for you.

We’re happy to see Halloween becoming more and more popular in Japan, but we have to admit the situation is sort of bittersweet for us. See, while Japan has embraced Halloween costumes and decorations in a big way, trick-or-treating is just barely starting to catch on in shopping arcades and entertainment complexes, and even when we can find a place that’s giving out free candy, we’re a little too old to take advantage of the offer.

But luckily there’s another beloved cultural import from the U.S. here to soothe our heart and satisfy our sweet tooth. Last week, Starbucks Japan unveiled not one, but two special Halloween Frappuccinos, and being the thorough journalists/shameless gluttons we are, we hurried to our local branch to try both on launch day, October 18.

But just like there are multiple Halloween costumes to pick from, so too do the new dessert drinks present a choice of personas, with one dubbed the Halloween Witch and the other the Halloween Princess. Since we’re nothing if not acutely in touch with the darkness that dwells in our souls, we started with the Halloween Witch.

At first glance, the Halloween Witch’s appearance might look haphazard compared to the normally polished presentation Starbucks in known for. It’s actually a case of distress by design, though, as Dark chocolate sauce is added to the drink’s milk base in way that brings to mind the slowly dripping components of an enchantress’ potion, with the chocolate forming into sinisterly tempting tendrils seeping towards the bed of red apple compote that sits at the bottom of the edible abyss.

After we received our drink, we took a sip as quickly as we possibly could, and with equal speed the delicious dark chocolate possessed our taste buds. But like we said, this a witch’s brew, and like a sorceress at her cauldron, the contents’

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