Starbucks Japan unveils new Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino for Christmas

By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

With Halloween yet to arrive, and the Night Masquerade Party drinks still on the menu, Starbucks is wasting no time in barrelling full-speed ahead towards Christmas. According to the global coffeehouse chain, the first holiday season drinks of the year are set to arrive on Nov 1, and they have revealed the new beverages will look and taste like Japanese Christmas cakes.

Unlike other countries, Christmas cakes in Japan are actually strawberry shortcakes layered with cream and topped with strawberries, showcasing the red-and-white colors of Christmas, which are also considered lucky for the New Year.

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For the 2019 holiday season, Starbucks aims to create drinks that help customers enjoy special “moments”, like the toast at the start of a party, or the instant the lights are turned on at a light-up event or on a Christmas tree.

Starbucks’ first series of festive drinks will recreate the moment you bite into a slice of Christmas cake, as the Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino comes filled with beautiful red-and-white layers.

At the bottom is a “sponge cake crumb“, made with a mixture of shortbread and finely crushed sponge cake, and on top of that is a layer of rich strawberry sauce with fresh fruit pulp. A light and airy cake-flavored milk layer makes up the rest of the drink, which is topped with a mound of cream and crunchy strawberry pieces, to create a decadent beverage that tastes just like a strawberry shortcake.

Accompanying the Frappuccino is the Merry Strawberry Cake Milk, a beverage that’s said to taste like “eating a Christmas cake with a glass of hot milk”. This one contains a sweetly tart strawberry sauce with fruit pulp, which partners perfectly with the steamed milk and rich whipped cream topping to create a mellow strawberry shortcake flavor.

The Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino will be available in a tall size only for 590 yen plus tax, while the Merry Strawberry Cake Milk will be sold in Short through to Venti sizes from 450-570 yen, plus tax.

Both new beverages will be available at Starbucks stores around the country from Nov 1 — the day after the Halloween Red Night and Dark Night Frappuccino party ends — and will be on the menu until Nov 21.

Source: Starbucks Japan 

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Oh yay, more strawberry shortcake.

Is Japan aware that there is more cake in the world than a spongecake with strawberries and whipped cream? It's so boring. Every darn occasion and someone whips out one of these Cozy Corner cakes.

Don't get me wrong it's good but man I would kill for some variety. Carrot cake. Royal icing.. Buttercream. Cream cheese frosting. Chiffon cake. Pound cake. Spice cake. Genoise. Fruit cake. Amish cake. Real cupcakes, not just dry breakfast muffins with whipped cream.

I'm just having a whinge. I won't even be drinking it, honestly.

Probably just homesick, it is the holiday season now after all I guess.

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Is Japan aware that there is more cake in the world than a spongecake with strawberries and whipped cream?

Oh, I don't know. Is Japan aware that not all sandwiches have to have ham or eggs? Or not all curries have to have meat?

I shudder to think how much sugar (and fat) is in that frappuccino. Nobody talks about it, but Japan does have a high rate of diabetes.

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Seems a bit early to be selling these? They'll be gone long before Christmas.

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With Halloween yet to arrive

It was most definitely here last weekend, with every other kid wearing a costume, lol.

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