Can’t decide between all of the different Starbucks Frappuccinos? We’re here to help!

Good morning everyone,

How was your Golden Week holiday? Mine was relaxing...I didn't do much, but I did enough to not feel guilty about 'wasting' my entire holiday. And wasn't the weather great? I don't think I've ever experienced such warm, sunny weather for the entire holiday before. Today will continue to be sunny and warm but both tomorrow and Wednesday will be cool with rain tomorrow before becoming sunny and warm again on Thursday.

Do you remember when Frappuccinos first came out-there were only one or two different tastes. But now with Starbucks offering so many Frappuccino flavors, many of which are seasonal, which one should you order? This is a legitimate quandary, exacerbated by the fact that as of right now, Starbucks’ Japanese branches have nine different Frappuccinos, seven that are part of the permanent lineup, and two special guest stars, with the complete roster being made up of coffee, matcha green tea cream, vanilla cream…

…dark mocha chip, dark mocha chip cream, caramel…

…mango passion fruit, Classic Tea Cream, and the cookie dome-topped American Cherry Pie, the last two of which are limited-time items.

So to make your ordering process easier, we decided to rank all nine Japan-available Frappuccinos, in terms of their calorie content and relative rich or refreshing flavor qualities.

Ranking them by calorie content is a simple numerical process, and it was no surprise that the American Cherry Pie was at the top of the list with 493 calories, about as many as you’ll get from a bowl of soy-broth ramen. The low-cal award, meanwhile, goes to the mango passion fruit Frappuccino, which has a mere 120.

As for the matter of rich vs. refreshing, the answer to that subjective question came from the combined results of our panel of taste testers, and when the cups were empty and the scores tallied, the final results were as follows.

Armed with this reference, you should be all set to take decisive action at the order counter. And if you still can’t make up your mind, maybe you should just do what I did, and order one of each.

You can definitely put me in the refreshing group-my two favorites are coffee and mango. However, I did try the American Cherry Pie one a couple of weeks ago and it was pretty good...but for me, one was enough!

Just give me a cup of black coffee and I'm happy.

Have a great day!

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