Starbucks Japan now has a pudding Frappuccino based on a delicious retro dessert

Step back in time with the Purin A La Mode Frappuccino, only available for a limited time.

After trying out Starbucks’ new Royal Milk Tea Frappuccino, and their super-exclusive-limited-to-one-location Minty Chocolate Tea variety, we thought we were just about due for a break from all their high-calorie temptations, but it turns out we were wrong.

Starbucks has just released a Frappuccino that’s essentially a drinkable dessert, so it’s time to put away our gym gear for another day and head out to the global coffeehouse chain once again, for a taste of their newest beverage: the Purin A La Mode Frappuccino.

Our reporter Masami was one of the first in line to try the new Frappuccino, which models its looks and flavour on Purin A La Mode, a retro dessert popular in the ’70s and ’80s, which can still be found at Japanese coffeehouses, or kissaten, today. Kissaten had their heyday during the Showa Period (1926–1989), and the Frappuccino is the main star of a new retro menu at Starbucks designed to honour that time period.

▼ Starbucks has even redesigned their coffeehouse signs to resemble the ones used by kissaten.

In Japan, “purin” is a term used for a type of no-bake pudding that resembles a creme caramel. And back in the ’70s and ’80s, purin a la mode was a hip dessert in Japan, with ice cream and various fruits added alongside the pudding.

▼ The Frappuccino contains all these elements, in drinkable form.

Looking at the side of the drink, you can

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