Happy first day of summer! Starbucks is kicking off the season with two new frappucinos: Mango Pineapple and Berry Prickly Pear.
I opted to try the Mango Pineapple frappucino first. Starbucks says on its website that the drink offers a “taste of the tropics even when you’re no where close to sun and sand, with flavors of mango, caramelized pineapple and a hint of lime.”
We recently returned from a trip to Hawaii and I’m still struggling with reentry. I thought this drink could bring back to the good island feelings for me.
What’s in the drink?
The barista starts with the Frappuccino® Blended Crème base and mixes it with mango syrup. They then blended with milk and ice. They then pour that blended mixture over a purée of mango and pineapple. Finally, it’s topped with more purée, to give it the layered effect.
Was it any good?
I liked the Mango Pineapple Frappuccino. It’s solid. But I didn’t love it.
I certainly didn’t mind it, but it’s not a beverage I’ll crave every single time I pass a Starbucks. And it’s a little too syrupy to feel like a true tropical taste treat. It’s a little too “melted popsicle-ish” for that.
The mango taste dominated, with pineapple coming on less strong. I didn’t get any “hint of lime” as promised, which is too bad because that little bit of acidity would be really nice to cut some the sweetness here.
I do, however, think it’s ridiculously pretty and the color alone was a fun pick me up on an uninspired Hump Day.
Also, I still long for a world in which Starbucks blended fruity drinks have a bit of caffeine. The refreshers are a start, but let’s take that idea all the way, R & D friends in Seattle. Please?
[However, if you have kids are worried about their caffeine consumption, this is a fantastic caffeine-free option.]
It feels like a combo smoothie and milkshake. I don’t object to that, but I think I prefer to be firmly in one camp or the other. If you like to both and don’t want to have to pick, however, this is the drink for you.
Here the scoop on a grande size Mango Pineapple Frappucino as provided by the Starbucks website.
4 grams of fat
52 grams of carbohydrate
4 grams of protein
15% of calcium
0 milligrams of caffeine
The new drinks are available “while they last” and your guess as to how long that could be is as good as mine. I’d say don’t wait too long.
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