It’s almost Frappuccino time again — the weather starts warming and in comes the slew of flavored, iced coffee concoctions drizzled with syrup. All across the world, Starbucks outlets are getting creative with what they put in this delicious frozen coffee drink.
While frozen coffee is not exactly a new thing, the actual term “Frappuccino” is the exclusive provenance of the Starbucks coffee company. It consists of coffee (though you can now also get milk or chai versions for the non-coffee drinkers) blended with various other ingredients and ground ice, and topped with whipped cream and syrup.
The word “Frappuccino” actually originated in Boston, in 1995 — it’s a portmanteau of “frappe” and “cappuccino” (“frappe” is pronounced “frap” without the accent in Boston). While many other coffee companies now offer their own versions of the Frappuccino, only Starbucks can officially use the name.
And Starbucks is making the most out of their investment… different outlets around the world put a lot of thought and effort into coming up with unique flavors for their iced coffee drink.
Granted, the more “interesting” Frappuccino creations come from Japan and the Asia-Pacific region: The Japanese are well-known for their propensity for pushing the envelope on their flavor combinations in most foods from candy to ice cream to potato chips. The trick comes with blending flavors that you know to be generally delicious but wouldn’t really think to put in a Frap’ glass… açaí berries? Earl Grey jelly… anyone?
Read on to find out more about the unconventional and original Frappuccino flavors around the world.
Algarrobina Frappuccino — Peru
Algarrobina is syrup made from the black carob tree and is popular in Peruvian cuisine. First introduced in 2011, this is a classic Frappuccino blended with chocolate chips, mocha, milk, and ice. It is then topped with whipped cream and swirl of Algarrobina sauce.
Yogurt Frappuccino — Greece
This classical Mediterranean flavor debuted in the summer of 2013 and was available only in Greece. This mixture blends the traditional coffee Frappuccino with handcrafted Greek yogurt. It is available in three flavors: strawberry, banana and honey.
Serusha Govender is The Daily Meal's Travel Editor. Follow her on Twitter @SerushaGovender