Starbucks Rings In Spring with New Iced Toasted Vanilla Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
The drink clocks in at under 200 calories.
Spring might not officially start until March 20, but already signs of the season are here: Patches of snow shrinking in the sun, fresh green shoots peeping up from the ground, buds gingerly appearing on tree branches — and Starbucks introducing its spring menu.
On March 1, Starbucks is debuting its spring menu. Among its highlights is the introduction of a new beverage: Iced Toasted Vanilla Oatmilk Shaken Espresso.
Made with Starbucks Blonde espresso, the new iced beverage is the latest addition to Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso drinks the chain launched in March 2021. The lineup already includes Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso and Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso.
Billed as offering an “invigorating,” new “toasted twist on the classic vanilla flavor,” Iced Toasted Vanilla Oatmilk Shaken Espresso, which will be part of the permanent Starbucks menu and available all year in U.S. stores, features espresso with “notes of caramelized vanilla” that is shaken with ice and topped with oat milk. As an added spring-in-your-step benefit, the drink clocks in at under 200 calories.
“Vanilla’s alter ego is coming,” the coffee chain cryptically teased Monday in an Instagram post, ahead of the new drink’s official launch, promising in a caption that, in the U.S. and Canada, it would be “shaking up everything you thought you knew about vanilla.”
Commenters expressed excitement along with, perhaps, a sense of anticipatory urgency: “Spill the beans already!!!” wrote one. (“We see what you did there!” Starbucks responded.)
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Food Network Community and Social Media Coordinator, Zoe Becker, got a first taste and said, “The drink was quite balanced - it had the sweetness and flavor of an iced vanilla latte but had a slight toast to it. It almost tasted like a marshmallow!”
Also arriving on Starbucks menus this month is the chain’s first energy drink, Starbucks Baya Energy, made from caffeine that naturally exists in coffee fruit and available in two flavors, Mango Guava and Raspberry Lime. (The drink was introduced in grocery stores earlier this year.)
Plus, two fan-favorite whole-bean packaged coffees — Starbucks Anniversary Blend and Odyssey Blend — will be making their return (the latter on Tuesday, April 19). And a new whole bean coffee, Starbucks Reserve Brazil Fazenda Catanduva, and the returning Starbucks Reserve Papua New Guinea Moanti will arrive in select stores this spring for a limited time as well.
You can also get your Starbucks on at the grocery store this spring. The chain’s “spring-inspired” Starbucks Honey & Madagascar Vanilla Flavored Coffee and Starbucks Spring Day Blend, new 72-ounce Starbucks Cold & Crafted on Tap, canned Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew Splash of Sweet Cream and Starbucks Tripleshot Zero Sugar Milk Chocolate are all now available at retailers nationwide.