There's another photogenic new Frappuccino on the Starbucks scene—the Serious Strawberry frap—and Real Simple's food editors are on the case.
Starbucks is seeing red with its newest Frappuccino flavor. The coffee giant announced that it will be adding one more blended beverage to its roster: the Serious Strawberry Frappuccino. This fruity treat joins the ranks of Starbucks’ many other vibrantly colored secret-menu turned real-menu drinks (do the Unicorn and Mermaid Frappuccinos ring any bells?). In the name of journalism, we tried it bright and early the day it was released.
The Serous Strawberry Frap starts with a base of blended ice, milk and a “strawberry-botanical infusion," as the company calls it, layered with strawberry puree and vanilla whipped cream. It is then topped with even more (!) whipped cream and strawberry puree. It sounded one hundred percent decadent and one hundred percent delicious, so we were game.
When we order it, though, we were sad to see that our barista didn’t arrange the ingredients in Instagrammable layers, as we'd seen in ads for the new drink. Instead, everything was combined, and it just looked like a strawberry shake. That said, it tasted super strawberry-ish, and when we mixed it with the whipped cream, it made for a great sip.
Because this magenta treat is caffeine-free, it is sure to be a hit with Starbucks’ younger crowd—and because it has real fruit inside, moms probably won’t mind it too much either. If you're avoiding dairy, you can also order it with any of the alternative milks Starbucks offers, including soy, almond, and coconut milk, which was added in 2015.
And Starbucks didn't stop at a fresh new frap; customers also have multiple new bakery items to pair with the Serious Strawberry Frappuccino (which is a permanent menu option, btw, along with the Triple Mocha Frappuccino and Ultra Caramel Frappuccino). Those munchies will include frosted Donut Cake Pops topped with pink or white frosting and sprinkles, Kitchen Sink Cookies, which add pretzels, pecans and marshmallows to their already loaded chocolate chunk cookies, Confetti Sugar Cookies that match the color palette of the SSF, and Summer Berry Croissants, which sound like the perfect match for an iced coffee. Not all of these treats will be available right away, but they are all coming this summer!
There will be a new savory pick in Starbucks' display case, too: the new Chicken Chorizo and Tortilla Sous Vide Egg Bites, with spicy chicken chorizo and crunchy tortilla strips, this new flavor of Starbucks’ very popular egg bites will surely sell out quick, launches nationwide alongside the SSF on June 5th.