Starbucks Has A Whole New Take On Frappuccinos

Starbucks is always up for trying new conceits to keep the customers rolling in the caffeine. After going purple and blue, their new take on the Frappuccino harkens back to a real Italian recipe for a delicious post meal pick me up — the Affogato.

An Affogato is a primarily served as a dessert drink. To assemble one, all you’ll need is a mug, a scoop of good vanilla gelato, and a shot of espresso. Put gelato in mug, pour espresso over gelato, serve. Easy-peasy. Ryan Coombes over at Starbucks explains their take on the desert, “We start with a shot of our smooth signature Espresso Roast known for its rich flavor and caramelly sweetness. When you pour the espresso over the Frappuccino, it creates a beautiful marbling finish.” Starbucks’ version of the drink takes a coffee-less Frappuccino, and instead baristas pour a shot of espresso directly over the frap before shouting your name. It seems a lot of the coffee gets absorbed by the whipped-cream. Will people want that? Time will tell.

This is the part where we mention a Starbucks Frappuccino has the same amount of calories as a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder. It may be better to just get a bowl with three scoops of ice cream and pour a shot of espresso over it. It’s less than half the calories. Your call.

Here are some shots of real Affogatos to whet your appetite.

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