Starbucks Launches Six #FanFlavors for Frappuccino's 20th Anniversary

Starbucks is taking the whole birthday thing to a new level.

The coffee chain recently marked a milestone 20th anniversary of its Frappuccino, the addictive coffee/slushy hybrid that's become a part of our lives and vocabulary.

Two months ago, the Seattle-based company announced a special limited-edition birthday cake flavor of Frappuccino for the occasion. Then, Starbucks came out with an edible straw to go with a new S'mores Frappuccino. And now, the company has doubled down on the whole birthday chow chow with a half dozen new flavors of Frappuccino.

The flavors are all fan favorites, embraced by loyal customers who fashion their own flavors from mixing various pre-existing syrups and toppings to create their own, unique profiles. According to the website, there are over 200 off-menu variations of Frappuccino including Count Chocula, apple pie, and Butterbeer (Starbucks claims there are literally thousands of possible combinations).

The six #FanFlavors to get the Starbucks seal of approval are:
  • Caramel Cocoa Cluster, a coffee Frappuccino with toffee nut syrup, milk, and ice, topped with dark caramel sauce, whipped cream, and mocha sauce; Cupcake, a blend of vanilla bean, hazelnut syrup, milk, and ice, topped with whipped cream.
  • Cotton Candy, a blend of vanilla bean, raspberry syrup, milk, and ice, topped with whipped cream.
  • Cinnamon Roll; a a coffee Frappuccino with cinnamon dolce syrup, white chocolate mocha sauce, vanilla bean, milk, and ice, topped with whipped cream and cinnamon dolce sprinkles.
  • Red Velvet Cake with mocha sauce, raspberry syrup, vanilla syrup.
  • Cupcake, vanilla bean crème, add hazelnut syrup, blend together and finish with whipped cream. 
  • Lemon Bar, a blend of lemonade, vanilla syrup, milk, ice, finished with whipped ream and caramel sugar sprinkles.
Each Frappuccino is available at all Starbucks now through June 30. Of course, there's a voting and social media element. Each Frappuccino has its own hashtag and starting June 19, customers are encouraged to vote for their favorite by giving their favorite a virtual green straw on, as well as tagging pictures of their beloved coffee beverages on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

The winning flavor will be announced on July 3 through social media @frappuccino. Customers can then purchase a grande Frappuccino in the winning flavor for $3 between 2 to 5 p.m. from July 3 through 6. So which is it? Are you #TeamCottonCandy or #TeamCupcake?

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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