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A Venti Peppermint Java Chip Frappuccino
TypeCold Beverage
Country of originUnited States
ColorLight or dark Brown in the Coffee Versions, but the color can vary from green, chocolate, orange, and pink in the cream version of this drink.
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A Venti Peppermint Java Chip Frappuccino
TypeCold Beverage
Country of originUnited States
ColorLight or dark Brown in the Coffee Versions, but the color can vary from green, chocolate, orange, and pink in the cream version of this drink.

Frappuccino is a trademark for a line of frozen coffee beverages sold by Starbucks. 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.


Frappuccino is a portmanteau of frappé and cappuccino, an espresso coffee with frothed milk. The word was coined and trademarked in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] In the Boston area, a "frappe" (pronounced "frap" and spelled without the accent) is a term for a thick milkshake with ice cream,[1] derived from the French word frappé.[2] The original Frappuccino beverage was developed, named, trademarked and sold by George Howell's Eastern Massachusetts coffee shop chain, The Coffee Connection.[1] When Starbucks purchased The Coffee Connection in 1994, they also gained the rights to use, make, market, and sell the Frappuccino beverage.[1] The beverage was introduced under the Starbucks name in 1995.[1]

In response to the success of Frappuccinos, several of Starbucks' competitors have developed similar drinks with similar sounding names: the Seattle chain Cinnabon's Mochalatta and Caramelatta (1988)[citation needed]; Coffee Break;[3] Gloria Jean's Chillers.


Decaffeinated Frappuccinos were discontinued in 2008 and reintroduced in 2010.


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.


Starting in May 2010, Frappuccinos using soy milk have become available in stores in the United States and Canada.[4] In January 2011 Starbucks introduced this option to Australian stores.[5] It has since been made available in UK and other stores around the world.

Available versions[edit]

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

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:

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]


As the varieties of drinks listed above show, many drinks include additional ingredients, which can include espresso shots, flavored syrups, brownie 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.

Yet another modification, though less popular, is to order the Frappuccino "affogato style". The Italian word affogato translates to "drowned" in English. 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.[6]

Bottled version[edit]

A mocha flavored, bottled Frappuccino.

A bottled beverage, also called 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.[7]

The following flavors are available:[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Coffee Break
  4. ^ "Starbucks To Introduce Vegan Frappuccinos". Retrieved 2010-4-20. 
  5. ^ "Frappuccino - "However you want it"". Starbucks. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  6. ^ "Algarrobina Frappuccino® Blended Beverage". Starbucks Peru. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  7. ^ "Pepsi Product Information". Pepsi. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  8. ^ "Bottled Frappuccino Beverages". Starbucks. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  9. ^ "Coffee Facts and Statistics". Professor's House. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 

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