Starbucks' New Jelly Frappuccino Is Exactly as Strange as It Sounds
With new Frappuccino flavors like Caramel Waffle Cone and Double Double Fudge Bar, Starbucks has no shortage of dessert-like blended drinks for you to blow five bucks or more on this summer. And while the new Frappuccinos are appropriately decadent and exciting, none of them are quite like a bizarre version of the drink that recently launched in Japan: the "coffee jelly" Frappuccino.
As explained in a report by Eater, the limited-edition drink plays into the country's love for gelatin desserts by layering chunks of espresso roast-flavored jelly, a creamy vanilla custard sauce, frozen coffee, and whipped cream. The resulting four-layer drink -- available at Starbucks locations in Japan starting July 2nd -- is perhaps even more Instagram-worthy than the pink, purple, and orange "secret menu" drinks here in the US.
Unsurprisingly, people are going a little crazy over them, considering a post on Twitter announcing the new beverage has been retweeted more than 28,000 times and liked nearly 40,000 times:
It's worth noting, however, that this isn't the first time Starbucks has released a jelly-based Frappuccino. According to the company's website, locations in Asian countries have offered similar drinks since 2008. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the jelly drinks are hardly the strangest things Starbucks has served abroad. Unfortunately, there's no word on whether they'll ever arrive here in the US, but at least we got a Japanese-inspired Cherry Blossom Frappuccino earlier this year.
Sign up here for our daily Thrillist email, and get your fix of the best in food/drink/fun.