Starbucks’ New Summer Drink Will Take You Straight to the Fair

The Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino tastes of sweet nostalgia.

May 11, 2021

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Starbucks

Photo courtesy of Starbucks

Ready for summer? So is Starbucks. The coffee chain just announced a new summer menu full of cool, colorful drinks that promises to give you serious fun-in-the-sun vibes. (Those may feel especially welcome this year.)

Headlining the lineup is the new, nostalgia-inspired Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino, meant to evoke the flavors of an exciting day at the fair, festival or amusement park.

The beverage boasts strawberry puree layered with whipped cream and mixed with funnel-cake-flavored Frappuccino. The drink is then topped with — what else? — crunchy, powdered-sugar-dusted pieces of funnel cake.

“We wanted to capture the joy of this time of year, and we thought about those simple pleasures that really encapsulate summer,” Sara Bennett, senior product developer for Starbucks R&D team, said in a news release. “That led us to state fairs and funnel cake – just wanting to channel that sense of carefree fun.”

Starbucks’ new As Summer As Possible (A.S.A.P.) menu, which is available in the United States and Canada starting on May 11, also includes the Unicorn Cake Pop, a returning seasonal favorite featuring vanilla-flavored cake emblazoned with a confetti-sprinkle unicorn, dipped in a white-chocolate-flavored icing and completed with “a magical design.”

Both the Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino and Unicorn Cake Pop will be available only for a limited time and while supplies last. 

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Starbucks

Photo courtesy of Starbucks

Additional summer-menu items include the Caramel Ribbon Crunch and Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino blended beverages, which are available year-round, and a multicolored array of Starbucks Refreshers beverages, such as the Dragon Drink,  Pink Drink, Mango Dragonfruit Starbucks Refreshers beverage, Strawberry Acai Lemonade Starbucks Refreshers beverage, among other snacks and customizable drinks. And of course you can also chill out (and wake up) with cold coffee year-round favorites like Nitro Cold Brew with Vanilla Sweet Cream and Cold Brew with Salted Caramel Foam.

Yes, friends, summer is coming. Drink … that … in.

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