A Venti Peppermint Java Chip Frappuccino
|Country of origin||United States|
|Color||Light or dark Brown in the Coffee Versions, but the color can vary from green, chocolate, orange, and pink in the cream version of this drink.|
Frappuccino is a trademarked line of frozen coffee drinks sold by Starbucks. It consists of coffee or other base ingredient (e.g., strawberries and cream), blended with ice and other various ingredients, usually topped with whipped cream. Frappuccinos are also sold as bottled coffee beverages in stores and from vending machines. George Howell, the person who invented the Frappuccino said that it was just a simple coffee milkshake—but wanted it to fit in with coffee, the Starbucks theme, so he simply called it a Frappuccino, which sounds similar to Cappuccino, a type of coffee substance.
Frappuccino is a portmanteau of frappé and cappuccino, an espresso coffee with frothed milk that was coined and trademarked in Boston, Massachusetts. While frappé is a Greek iced coffee, in Boston area "frappe" (pronounced "frap" and spelled without the accent) is a term for a thick milkshake.  Both terms come from the French word frappé. The original Frappuccino beverage was developed, named, trademarked and sold by George Howell's Eastern Massachusetts coffee shop chain, The Coffee Connection. When Starbucks purchased The Coffee Connection in 1994, they also gained the rights to use, make, market, and sell the Frappuccino beverage. The beverage was debuted under the Starbucks name in 1995.
In response to the success of Frappuccinos, several Starbucks' competitors have developed similar drinks with similar sounding names, but only Starbucks can legally use the "Frappuccino" trademark. Similar frozen coffee drinks were served starting in 1988 by the Seattle chain Cinnabon under the names Mochalatta and Caramelatta. Coffee Break is one. Gloria Jean's offers a similar frozen coffee drink but calls them Chillers.
Decaffeinated Frappuccinos were discontinued in 2008 and made available again in 2010. Decaffeinated Frappuccinos are still being made today.
Alternatively, a coffee-free "cream" base was created to make a beverage called a Frappuccino Blended Crème. Examples include the Green Tea Frappuccino and Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino.
Starting in May 2010, Frappuccinos using soy milk have become available in stores in the United States and Canada. In January 2011 Starbucks introduced this option to Australian stores. It has since been made available in UK and other stores around the world.
The following is a list of the typical versions available of each type of Frappuccino.
In the summer of 2006, Starbucks introduced the Frappuccino Juice Blend, which is described as being "real fruit juices combined with Tazo Tea, blended with ice". This version seems to be different from the Tazoberry "blended tea" versions of several years ago,[according to whom?] since it uses more "real juice" and "freshly brewed" ice teas to the drink instead of a bottled, premixed concentrate. Juice Blends were discontinued in 2007–2008, with the Pomegranate the first to go. The Tangerine Juice Blend was discontinued shortly thereafter. The drinks in this category included:
- Pomegranate (raspberry and blackcurrant in UK & Ireland) - Pomegranate, peach and "other fruit juices" combined with 'Zen' Iced Tea. Pomegranate Frappuccino Juice Blend has been discontinued in the U.S.
- Tangerine (mango passionfruit in UK, Ireland and Japan)- Tangerine and "other fruit juices". combined with Passion Iced Tea. Tangerine Frappuccino Juice Blend has been discontinued in the U.S.
- Blended Strawberry Lemonade - A combination of strawberry puree and lemonade.
- Lemonade Blended Beverage - Fresh lemonade flavor with real lemon zest, blended with ice. Introduced in the U.S. in the Summer of 2008. A "Lemon" version of the chilled beverage was introduced to UK stores in June 2010, following a minor menu change and price increases across the majority of the ranges sold.
The Lemonade Blended Beverage was made with a proprietary Blended Lemonade base that consisted of real lemon zest and was thicker than the lemonade that is currently used for Iced Tea Lemonades. This Blended Lemonade Base was discontinued in the fall of 2008. A Blended Lemonade can still be bought at Starbucks, however it will be made with the "old" lemonade, and thus be a different taste and consistency.
As the varieties of drinks listed above show, many drinks include additional ingredients, which can include espresso shots, flavored syrups, brownie chips, and flavored powders. Frappuccinos can also be double blended, or made with more or less ice. Mocha drizzle is added to the Java Chip and Double Chocolaty Chip by standard, and caramel drizzle is added to the Caramel. Any drink can have an additional syrup/espresso or many other flavorings added at request for an additional charge.
Yet another modification, though less popular, is to order the Frappuccino "affogato style". The Italian word affogato translates to "drowned" in English. An affogato Frappuccino has a shot of espresso on top rather than blended into the rest of the drink. The most common versions of this variation are known as "caramel affogato" and "mocha affogato" style, in which the espresso shot is poured on top of a crosshatch pattern of either caramel or mocha sauce in place of whipped cream.
There are also different versions available only in certain countries, such as Banana Java Chip and Mango, Azuki in the Philippines and azuki (red bean) in Japan. Banana Java Chip is also available in Switzerland. Blackberry Green Tea Frappuccino is currently available in the Philippines and Australia. Another variation found in Japan is the Sakura (cherry blossom) Frappuccino. The Coffee Jelly Frappuccino was formerly a seasonal offering in the Philippines but later is now part of the standard menu. Coconut Mocha Frappuccino is available in the U.S. Argentina offers a Dulce de Leche Frappuccino. In Peru, as of 2011, there is the Algarrobina Frappuccino, made with Algarrobina, a syrup derived from the Black carob tree.
A bottled beverage, also called Frappuccino, is sold in retail stores and vending machines. The U.S. 9.5-oz. bottled version is manufactured by PepsiCo. In Europe this product is made by Arla Foods in Denmark. This product uses a different recipe from that of the blended drink of the same name.
The following flavors are available:
- Caramel - the most popular flavor made with a hint of caramel flavoring
- Mocha - made with chocolate
- Mocha Lite - made with chocolate and special creme to make it less fattening
- Vanilla - a hint of vanilla flavoring
- Coffee - similar to iced coffee
- Strawberries & Crème - crème based and coffee-free
- Mint Mocha (Limited Edition) - Since its addition in July 2005, it has appeared during the holiday seasons.
- Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mocha (Limited Edition) - Just like mint mocha but with extra chocolate and mint flavor. New for the 2007 holiday season and re-released for the 2008 holiday season.
- Dark Chocolate Mocha - Just like Mocha but with extra chocolate. Released February 2008.
- Dark Mocha Raspberry (Limited Edition)- Dark chocolate with a hint of raspberry. Released August 2008.
- Mocha Cookie Crumble- Chocolate with cookies on top.
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