10 Starbucks Drink Flavors You Can Only Get Abroad
6. Argentina — Dulce de Leche Granizado Frappuccino
The word “granizado,” is a tad redundant here. It refers to the slushy icy beverage that started out in Mexico during the ’70’s and spread to South America, Spain, and other parts of Central America. It has crushed or shaved ice and is commonly paired with sweetened milk and fruit syrup. It’s basically a Slurpee (usually less pre-processed). Kind of like how a frappuccino is a milky, coffee-fied version of a Slurpee.
Anyways, the frappuccino itself is all about the dulce de leche—much like Argentina itself. The area is rife with all sorts of baked & frozen goods with dulce de leche twists. Pan de leche, ice cream, alfajores, and brownies with gooey dulche de leche centers—you name it, they’ve probably got it!
This isn’t just a milky caramel frappuccino. It’s more similar to the salted caramel mocha in the U.S. than it is to a plain caramel frappuccino. Dulce de leche syrup is blended with coffee, milk, ice, and chocolate chips. It’s garnished with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.
7. U.K. — Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino
Wondering why this makes the list when a Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino is sold almost everywhere? It’s because the U.K. version’s preparation is unique—rather than blending the strawberry sauce with milk and ice, strawberry sauced is gently swirled into the already blended milk & ice mixture to create ribbons of strawberry flavor.
8. Japan & Pacific-Asia — Coffee Jelly Frappuccino
An exercise in texture mashup, the coffee jelly frappuccino has a jelly flavored with brewed coffee that’s combined with an icy coffee frappuccino and topped with creamy whipped cream. It has a rather striking appearance.
9. Peru — Algarrobina Frappuccino
Algarrobina is a sweet syrup made from black carob. It has a surprising variety of vitamins and minerals in it. The Algarrobina syrup is combined with coffee, mocha, and chocolate chips. The drink is topped off with a dollop of whipped cream and drizzled with Algarrobina syrup.
Algarrobina is a classic ingredient in Peruvian cuisine, and Starbucks wanted to infuse some of the local flavor into their stores in Peru. The result is very tasty.
10. Greece — Yoghurt Frappuccino
Available last summer, the Yoghurt Frappuccinos were available in Greece and were made with Greek yogurt. They originally came in three flavors—honey, strawberry, and banana. If they return this summer, it’s likely the flavor options will expand or change.
It’s also been reported to have been sold in Bulgaria, Romania, and Cyprus. Yogurt blended frappuccinos & smoothies have also been tested in Northern California, so this one might see its geographic distribution spread.