In honor of Labor Day being one week later this year, Starbucks has released two new Frappuccino flavors -- because there's really no better way to prepare for the impending cold than by packing on a few lbs with a 430+ calorie drink.
The new "Last Sip of Summer" flavors are Blackberries & Crème and Strawberry Shortcake, and they're available in the US and Canada today (August 27th) through September 7th. In order to curb our sadness over summer's end, we taste-tested both.
A blend of strawberries, strawberry juice, vanilla bean, hazelnut syrup, milk, and ice, with whipped cream on top.
The verdict: As horrifying as the idea of a pink, creamy drink is, this one is surprisingly good! There's a lot of flavor here -- it tastes just like strawberry ice cream with a hint of coffee, and it even has a slight cake taste to it. Plus, it's (somehow) not too sweet! It's also a totally different flavor than the Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino, likely due to the hazelnut syrup.
Blackberries & Crème Frappuccino
A blend of blackberries, vanilla bean, milk, and ice, with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon dolce on top.
The verdict: This drink is baffling. There is literally no flavor to it, other than the whipped cream. Which... is not necessarily a bad thing. But that's not really what we're ordering Frappuccinos for -- we're are all mostly adults and can buy our own whipped cream. The fact that this tastes like nothing is especially surprising given how flavorful the Strawberry Shortcake Frap was. You can definitely taste the bits of blackberry, though, which I guess is nice if you enjoy getting things stuck in your teeth. Basically, you might as well just ask for a cup of whipped cream and crushed blackberries, because it'll probably cost you less.
Lucy Meilus is a staff writer for Thrillist and is pretty sure these made her even sadder about summer ending. Follow her on Twitter at @Lucymeilus and send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.