To celebrate two decades since it first launched its signature Frappuccino Starbucks has created a new drink — the Birthday Cake Frappuccino. The drink is made from a vanilla bean frappuccino with hazelnut syrup and is topped with a raspberry infused whipped cream. The drink will be made available in Starbucks U.S. and Canada stores from March 26-30.
When I first heard about the drink I wasn’t super excited. I’ve been having vanilla bean frappuccinos mixed with other syrups for awhile, it’s not anything too special. However, the raspberry whipped cream makes the drink special. In the last year or so Starbucks has really stepped up its game by adding new flavors to its whipped cream and providing yet another way to customize our drinks. The pink color of the whipped cream makes the Birthday Cake Frappuccino live up to its festive name. And the drink is just as sweet as it looks. Jam-packed with sugar, this Frappuccino is definitely on the super sweet side of Starbucks drink offerings. But the raspberry whipped cream blends into the drink quite well and actually tastes pretty good on its own.
Even though the Birthday Cake Frappuccino is only offered for a limited time, I hope that it will stick around because all of its ingredients will be available year-round in every store. But after the 30th baristas may not continue to make the raspberry whipped cream required for the drink- which, in my opinion, would be really sad because there are plenty of other drinks that could benefit from the new whipped cream as well. So grab it while you can! Happy sipping!