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Type Cold Beverage
Country of origin United States United States
Region of origin Massachusetts Massachusetts[1]
Introduced 1995
Color Light or dark brown in the coffee versions, but the color can vary from green, orange, chocolate brown, light brown and pink in the cream version of this drink.
Related products Iced coffee, Milkshake

Frappuccino is a trademarked brand of the Starbucks Corporation for a line of frozen coffee beverages. 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. The word Frappuccino is a portmanteau of "frappe", the New England name for a milkshake with ice cream, and cappuccino.


Frappuccino is a portmanteau of "frappe" and cappuccino, an espresso coffee with frothed milk. The word was coined and trademarked in Boston, Massachusetts.[2][1] In the Boston area, a "frappe" (pronounced "frap" and spelled without the accent) is a thick milkshake with ice cream,[2] derived from the French word frappé.[3]

The original Frappuccino beverage was developed, named, trademarked and sold by George Howell's Eastern Massachusetts coffee shop chain, The Coffee Connection.[2] When Starbucks purchased The Coffee Connection in 1994, they also gained the rights to use, make, market, and sell the Frappuccino beverage.[2] The beverage, with a different recipe, was introduced under the Starbucks name in 1995 and as of 2012, Starbucks had annual Frappuccino sales of over $2 billion.[2]

The recipe is a fusion of various cold beverages, including the coffee frap (similar to iced coffee)[dubious ] and the frappe (blended ice cream, syrup, and milk), with the Italian cappuccino.[1][4][5][6]

In response to the success of the Frappuccino, several of Starbucks' competitors have developed similar drinks with similar sounding names: Cinnabon's Mochalatta and Caramelatta (1998)[citation needed];Coffee Break;[7] Gloria Jean's Chillers.

Available versions[edit]

The following is a list of the typical versions available of each type of Frappuccino.


Many coffee shops worldwide serve decaffeinated Frappucinos or versions thereof.[citation needed]


A coffee-free "cream" base was created to make a beverage called a Frappuccino Blended Crème. Examples include the Green Tea Frappuccino, Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, and Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino.


Frappuccinos made with soy milk became available in stores in the United States and Canada in 2010.[8] In January 2011 Starbucks introduced this option to Australian stores,[9] and the option has since been made available in other countries.

Juice blends[edit]

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, Japan and Spain): 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.[citation needed]


Many drinks include additional ingredients, which can include espresso shots, flavored syrups, chocolate 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.

One less popular modification is to order the Frappuccino affogato style (an Italian word literally meaning "drowned"). 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.

International varieties[edit]

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.[10]

Bottled version[edit]

A bottled 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.[11]

The following flavors are available:[12]

  • Caramel: made with a hint of caramel flavoring
  • Mocha: the most popular flavor, 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.
  • Gingerbread (Limited Edition): Gingerbread flavor, it appears during the holiday seasons.
  • Pumpkin Spice (Limited Edition): Pumpkin flavor, it appears in autumn.
  • S'mores: made with chocolate, light cinnamon, and marshmallow flavoring.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Machlin, Sherri (2011). American Food by the Decades. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood. p. 229. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Nanos, Janelle (December 7, 2012). "The Story of the Frappuccino: How a chilly coffee drink became a billion dollar behemoth". Boston Magazine. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Frappe. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  4. ^ Cotter, Colleen (2001). USA Phrasebook. Lonely Planet. p. 69. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Robinson, Melia. "New England phrases and slang". Tech Insider. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Zeppelin, Andra. "Starbucks celebrates Frappuccino's 20th birthday". Today Food. The Today Show. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Coffee Break
  8. ^ "Starbucks To Introduce Vegan Frappuccinos". Retrieved 2010-4-20. 
  9. ^ "Frappuccino - "However you want it"". Starbucks. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  10. ^ "Algarrobina Frappuccino® Blended Beverage". Starbucks Peru. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  11. ^ "Pepsi Product Information". vgiPepsi. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  12. ^ "Bottled Frappuccino Beverages". Starbucks. Retrieved 2009-07-09.