This week discover Japan at select US Starbucks locations?
“Starbucks is offering a new Cherry Blossom Frappuccino® blended beverage, inspired by the Japanese sakura tradition. The Starbucks beverage is a blend of sweet strawberries and cream with white chocolate sauce and matcha drizzle, topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of matcha.
Cherry Blossom Frappuccino® will be available in participating U.S. stores for a limited time beginning today (March 15) through the first day of spring on Sunday, March 20.
In Japan, cherry blossoms are the national flower and a symbol of renewal and simplicity. Families, friends and colleagues gather under sakura trees and enjoy picnics and parties under the delicate pink blooms, a tradition that dates back at least a thousand years. It is also time for new beginnings, marking both the coming of spring and the start of a new school year. Sakura festivals around the world honor the return of the cherry blossoms and celebrate Japanese culture.
While this is the first time Starbucks is offering Cherry Blossom Frappuccino blended beverage in the United States, Starbucks stores in Japan have offered a version of the beverage since 2010. This year, Starbucks customers in Japan can enjoy the Sakura Blossom & Strawberry Latte and the Sakura Blossom & Strawberry Frappuccino® Blended Crème. ”
What other options do other Starbucks around the world offer? For winter they have had the following flavors…
“Europe, Middle East and Africa
Pistachio and Rose Mocha: Made with mocha sauce and a rose and pistachio syrup, swirled with steamed milk and rich espresso. It’s finished with pistachio and rose whipped cream and pistachio crumbs.
Starbucks Burnt Caramel Latte: For those who love the taste of caramel, the Burnt Caramel Latte is sure to hit the spot. Crafted with steamed-to-perfection velvety milk, infused with freshly drawn espresso and topped off with whipped cream and burnt caramel drizzle.
China and Asia Pacific
Chestnut White Chocolate Truffle (Asia Pacific): Just in time for Lunar New Year celebrations, Starbucks is bringing a new take on the chestnut flavor. Made with espresso and steamed milk combined with white chocolate chestnut sauce, topped with whipped cream and chestnut drizzle. Available hot, iced, and as a Frappuccino® Blended Beverage.
Strawberry Red Velvet Mocha (Asia Pacific): A Starbucks twist on the popular red velvet confection celebrates the festive season with colorful flair. A rich red velvet sauce combines with mocha, steamed milk and espresso. Topped with cream cheese frosting whipped cream and a generous serving of strawberry bits.
Peach Blossom Flavored Tea Latte (China): Made with fresh steamed milk combined with black tea powder and peach blossom syrup. Crowned with silky cream and embellished with sweet pink peach blossom sprinkles.
Chestnut Macchiato (China): A fusion of sweet toasty chestnut flavors with velvety steamed milk and coffee. Topped with a cross hatch of mildly sweet chestnut sauce.
Cookie Latte (China): Layers of flavors unfold in a combination of espresso, steamed milk and buttery cookie flavored sauce. Finished with smooth whipped cream and crispy cookie crumble bits.
Summer Berry Frappuccino® Blended Beverage (Australia/New Zealand): This new creation is bursting with lively fruit flavors, topped with a fluffy crown of whipped cream and a tart berry drizzle.
Yogurt Frappuccino® Blended Beverage: Customers in Latin America can enjoy Yogurt Frappuccino® Blended Beverages this summer. Available in flavors that vary by market including Peach, Red Berry, Strawberry and Banana for a limited time.
Any of these sound interesting to you?
Harry Potter Fans have probably noticed the Smoked Butterscotch Latte at Starbucks Locations around the US recently – we assume because people kept asking for Butterbeer Frappuccinos?
What’s your Starbucks drink of choice?