Katie Fenton, Online Reporter
A longtime favorite, Starbuck’s birthday cake frappuccino is back, but only until May 2.
The drink is a vanilla bean frappuccino with hazelnut syrup and pink raspberry whipped cream.
The company brought the drink back to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Starbucks Frappuccino blended beverage. In 1995, the only two flavors available were coffee and mocha, according to the Starbucks website. Now, there’s 31 variations of the frappucino available on Starbucks’ online menu.
While advertised as birthday cake flavor, the drink tastes like pure sugar and is far too sweet. It’s reminiscent of frosting on a shortbread cookie. For a coffee fix, ordering an actual mocha or brewed drink might be a good idea.
Starbucks is advertising the drink by offering a Starbucks keyboard for iPhone and Android devices through the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. The app includes new emojis and features a birthday cake frappuccino emoji.
The nutritional information for the frappuccino is currently unavailable on Starbucks’ website, but a grande frappuccino’s calorie content typically ranges from 350 to 470 calories, while also boasting 21 to 69 grams of sugar, according to moneytalksnews.com.
Based on a 2,000 calorie diet, a 350 calorie frappucino accounts for 17.5 percent of one’s daily calorie intake.
Although the drink is available for a limited time, it’s nothing special. It serves as a pretty subject for Instagram posts, but otherwise the birthday cake frappuccino is a standard vanilla bean frappuccino with added calories, fat and sugar.
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