10 Starbucks Drink Flavors You Can Only Get Abroad
While Starbucks has a well-established core-menu, not all of their offerings are consistent across geographic regions. The U.S.’s recent Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino was specific to North America in response to America’s love affair with caramel, and there are many more unique drinks from a variety of countries. And it’s not just flavors—actual add-ins are unique, too. From brownie chunks to flavored jellies, the ingredients that can go into frappuccinos are much broader than you would you think.
1. China & Pacific-Asia — Red Bean Green Tea Frappuccino
Sound weird? Adzuki beans are very common in East Asian sweets and confections. They are typically sweetened and sometimes are mashed into a paste. They’re used as ingredients in an pan, mochi, and other wagashi. It’s also not all that weird for it to be paired with green tea flavors.
Whole sweetened red adzuki beans are scooped onto a classic green tea frappuccino. It’s been offered during the summer for the past two years.
If you’re really into that idea, the only substitute we can think of is to make some sweetened adzuki beans yourself, order a green tea frappuccino with the domed lid (the kind meant for whipped cream, but without the whipped cream to ensure enough room), and then scoop the beans on to the top.
2. Brazil — Brigadeiro Frappuccino
A Brigadeiro is a delicious little morsel of gooey chocolatey sweetness. It’s a type of chocolate bonbon.
There are typically only a few ingredients—the core of which are sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter. The sweetened condensed milk and cocoa powder are combined into sticky globs, which are then rolled into balls using butter. They are sometimes further rolled with sprinkles or other toppings. It’s kind of like a chocolate version of dulce de leche made into bite-sized candies. So basically—they’re delicious.
The frappuccino version is no less chocolatey. A cup is lined with a custom brigadeiro sauce, and filled with a blended mix of coffee, chocolate chips, classic syrup, mocha sauce, white mocha sauce, and milk. It usually comes with a dollop of whipped cream and a splash of chocolate sprinkles on top.
Think it sounds sweet? Well, you’re right. And that’s kind of the point. It’s definitely a dessert-worthy beverage.
3. Japan & Pacific-Asia — Hojicha Frappuccino with Earl Grey Jelly
This frappuccino from Japan is an interesting take on East meets West. The central flavor, hojicha, is a type of Japanese green tea that is roasted over charcoal in a porcelain container. Most other types of green tea are steamed, and this unique roasting process changes the color of the leaves from their notable green into a dark reddish amber.
The frappuccino is flavored with hojicha, and poured over a specially made Earl Grey tea jelly. Earl Grey is a blend of black tea flavored with oil extracted from the rind of the floral & aromatic bergamot orange, which is primarily grown in Italy. The jelly adds a cool & refreshing flavor and makes the drink even more fragrant.
It was first introduced in 2012, and its future availability is uncertain. Hopefully it makes a return soon!
4. Japan — Tiramisu Frappuccino
Not only did Japan have tiramisu frappuccinos, but they had more than one flavor combination. Initially available during the summer of 2013, it’s still unclear if or when they’ll return as a seasonal offering.
The Coffee version has the standard coffee frappuccino covered in a layer of tasty cookie and brownie pieces, which is then topped off with a cream cheese mousse and dusted with cocoa powder.
The White version starts off with a white caramel frappuccino base covered in a layer of cookie and white chocolate brownie pieces, topped with the cream cheese whipped cream and drizzled with caramel sauce.
It’s actually being tested as a possible flavor in the U.S., and in the mean time, we have a secret menu recipe for a tiramisu frappuccino that you can order from your favorite Starbucks today!
5. Japan – Chocolate Brownie Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino
Chocolatey brownie flavor packed into a green tea frappuccino? Put it in my mouth. Now. This was rolled out last summer alongside the Tiramisu flavored frappuccinos in Japan.
It consists of a premium Matcha green tea (finely ground high-quality green tea) flavored frappuccino base blended with chocolate chips. The drink is topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with soft, dense, gooey brownie chunks. Yum!