Recently I was invited to try out Starbucks Frappuccino and also design it in my own way, just the way I like it. That means I could choose my own milk, whether it is regular, non-fat or Soy. Also I could adjust my coffee to be extra, decaf or half decaf. And finally I could add a lot of flavor like Vanilla, Caramel, Mocha, Chocolate Chips, etc.
I met the store manager Vibhor who was very friendly and explained to us the history of Starbucks Frappuccino and how it’s been introduced in India recently. He mentioned that the Frappuccino® Blended Beverage was invented 17 years ago at a Starbucks in Santa Monica, California, by a store partner looking to provide an iced beverage for his customers. The new beverage option became so popular that it was offered at 10 more stores in California. In 1995 Starbucks created a proprietary blend of ingredients and the Frappuccino® blended beverage was launched across the country and spread across to the world slowly! He also talked to us about Starbucks passport where we could have 12 different drinks on the menu and get a tumbler free after trying them out and also this helps in trying out the menu.
We had a lot of samplings of Mocha Frappuccino®, Java Chip Frappuccino®, Caramel Frappuccino® but my personal favorite was the Green Tea Frappuccino® and the Vanilla Cream Frappuccino®. It was very yummy and then it was time to try out making our own Frappuccino® just the way we wanted it!
I tried my hand at making a Frappuccino® with a variety of syrups, toppings and intensities. Store manager Vibhor and another store associate helped me with the right way of making a Frappuccino® and with their guidance, it turned out to be very well.
The way to make a Frappuccino® is very simple. Pour your kind of milk in the glass, pour few shots of Cappuccino, pour ice and put it in the blender. Once it is blended for 12 seconds or blended for 24 seconds in case of double blended beverage, remove it and top it with whipped cream and drizzle. Anybody could feel like a master blender when they created it this way!
In the video below, you can check out how I made the Frappuccino®. I really enjoyed the entire experience and recommend everyone to try out the Starbucks Frappuccino® and if you are really lucky, store manager may help you make your own Frappuccino® too! Finally wanted to appreciate Starbucks’ unwavering commitment to excellence and their guiding principles, which mentions that they bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup!
Wondering how much Starbucks Frappuccino’s cost? The prices for ‘Tall’ size of the Frappuccino’s are very affordable – Mocha Frappuccino is just Rs 160, Caramel Frappuccino is just Rs 180 and Javachip Frappuccino is just Rs 165. The customization charges range from Rs 20 to Rs 45. Some customizations are totally free though like Soy Milk, which is actually very expensive, but offered at no extra cost by Starbucks as it is a healthy option and they want to encourage it in their customers.