To celebrate the 20th anniversary of what is arguably its most famous menu item, Starbucks is making it rain Frappuccinos and launching six brand-new blended beverage flavors today.
The flavors, which Starbucks is grouping under the Fan Flavor Frappuccinos umbrella, include Caramel Cocoa Cluster, Cupcake, Cotton Candy, Cinnamon Roll, Red Velvet Cake, and Lemon Bar—basically, six of the world's most iconic desserts got together to honor drinkable dessert. The flavors were some of the most popular secret menu drinks and were also some of the most requested from fans who petitioned Starbucks for new Frapp flavors.
The catch with this set of Frapps is that they're competing against each other to win a permanent place in your heart and on the Starbucks menu. Starting June 19, customers will be able to vote for their favorite Fan Flavor Frapp on Frappuccino.com. On July 3, Starbucks will announce the winning flavor, and from July 3 to July 6, that Frappuccino will be available for $3 for a grande size.
Cosmopolitan.com got an ultra-exclusive sneak peek of the new Frapps last week. Below, you'll find the flavors described and ranked from most to least delicious.
1. Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino
This is by far the most complex of all the Fan Flavor Frappuccinos. You get that big punch of coffee, but it's tempered and sweetened by toffee nut syrup, dark caramel sauce, mocha sauce, and of course, whipped cream. It also looks the most 'grammable, which counts for a lot these days.
2. Lemon Bar Frappuccino
Lemon Bar doesn't sound like it would make a good Frappuccino, but it's actually pretty great. The blend includes lemonade, vanilla syrup, milk, and ice, and you get a little sprinkle of caramel sugar on top of your whipped cream. The drink isn't too sweet or thick, which makes it a somewhat reasonable life choice as far as Frappuccinos go.
3. Cupcake Frappuccino
Cupcake is actually—dun, dun, dun!!!—very similar to the limited-edition Birthday Cake Frappuccino from March. It has the same vanilla bean and hazelnut syrups; it's just missing the raspberry whipped cream. Which is fine! It tastes just like birthday cake flavor all the same.
4. Red Velvet Cake Frappuccino
This sounded the most enticing when Starbucks told Cosmo what the new flavors were, and admittedly, it tastes a lot like what chocolate cake would taste like if you could slurp it through a straw. But something about the drink disappointed those red velvet expectations. The blend features mocha sauce, raspberry and vanilla syrups, and even Frappuccino chips, but it tasted a bit too simple and didn't live up to its name. Still tasty though.
5. Cotton Candy Frappuccino
This might be the most well-known of the "secret menu" Frappuccinos, as fans have been customizing their Frapps this way for so long that they can recognize it on sight. What is it? Vanilla bean and raspberry syrup with milk and ice. It tastes like a solid sugar rush, but some people are into that.
6. Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino
You can't really compete with the perfection that is cinnamon rolls in real life, so this drink, like the Red Velvet Cake Frappuccino before it, fell flat. The cinnamon dolce syrup, white chocolate mocha sauce, vanilla bean, and coffee combo was just meh. Maybe it was too hot in June; cinnamon spice feels more like something for colder weather months.
But that's just one person's opinion—try them all and decide what the next Frappuccino flavor should be!