Baked apple in a cup...thank-you Starbucks!

Good morning everyone,

It's going to be another gorgeous fall day out there with a high of 20C (unfortunately, I'll be at work). You'd better enjoy it-by Thursday, the daytime high will only be 12C. We've had a great run of nice weather, but it's looking like we can expect the weather to return to more seasonal temperatures starting tomorrow. Keep your long johns handy!

This winter, Starbucks Japan is offering a series of three Holiday drink flavors based on a gingerbread house theme. You may have already tried them-the Snow Pecan Nut Frappuccino and Latte as well as the Gingerbread Latte and Crispy Gingerbread Frappuccino. While those drinks sound insanely tasty (how can they make beverage names so drool-worthy?) they may have saved the best for last, because Starbucks Japan has recently announced that the third in the series will be the Hot Baked Apple and Baked Apple Frappuccino.

This time the drinks are meant to be evocative of the apple ornaments used to decorate a gingerbread house. And they’ve made sure to capture the tasty essence of a good baked apple – the sweet and sour flavor of apples with the added temptation of burnt butter and brown sugar.

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The Hot Baked Apple is based on American apple cider, but modified for the Japanese market. Each cup of original apple juice is individually warmed, and has plenty of baked apple sauce added. The combined effect is like drinking a warm baked apple.

The Baked Apple Frappuccino is a dessert, cream-based frozen beverage mixed with baked apple sauce that also contains actual cut pieces of caramel-flavored apple. The cold temperature of the drink and the crunchy texture of the cut apples should prove to be a delightful combination.

The two baked apple drinks will be available at Starbucks across Japan beginning December 1 until December 25. The Hot Baked Apple will be priced at Y420 in a Short size, Y460 for a Tall, Y500 for a Grande and Y540 for a Venti, while the Baked Apple Frappuccino comes in one size for Y540. Just remember-it isn't coffee. If I buy one...I mean, when I buy one, I'll probably take it back to my school and drink it alongside a cup of coffee...which I'll probably need to combat the sweetness of the apple drink...I must be getting old, I never used to have a problem with too much sugar...ha ha!

And here are the three hot Holiday drinks gathered together for a group picture! From left to right, the Gingerbread Latte, Hot Baked Apple, and Snow Pecan Nut Latte:

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Which is your favorite? Or do you prefer the Starbucks holiday puddings? Whichever you have this winter, here’s wishing you a warm, sweet Holiday Season!

Have a great day!



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