Nov 13, 2013

Review: Starbucks - Gingerbread Frappuccino

Starbucks Gingerbread Frappuccino features coffee, gingerbread flavored syrup, milk and ice topped with spiced whipped cream and a molasses drizzle.

It was $3.95 for a 12-ounce "Tall." By default, it comes made with whole milk.

The molasses drizzle is new this year and pretty interesting; it's very sweet and has the deeper caramel taste of molasses.

The spiced whipped cream is also new to the Gingerbread and it was tasty; it's made with pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, cloves, and ginger) and whipped cream so you get that familiar flavor paired with a light, fluffy consistency.

The Frappuccino itself doesn't quite hit the creamy notes of a shake but is still a milky dessert drink that delivers the sweet taste of a very standard gingerbread. It's light on the ginger and veered towards a spiced molasses flavor. The coffee taste is barely noticeable.

Overall, I liked Starbucks Gingerbread Frappuccino quite a bit (especially since it was 90 degrees outside today...). It put me in the holiday mood (now if only the weather would comply...). If you're looking for the taste of coffee, you might ask for an extra shot because it's largely missing here. You'll definitely get a sugary caffeinated pick-me-up though.

Nutritional Info - Starbucks Tall Gingerbread Frappuccino with whole milk (12 fl oz)
Calories - 310 (110 from Fat)
Fat - 12g (Saturated Fat - 7g)
Sodium - 170mg
Carbs - 48g (Sugar - 46g)
Protein - 3g
Caffeine - 70mg


  1. I love this site but I need to get off because it is tempting me to go out and buy a tall Starbucks hot chocolate with whip cream.

  2. davidbonzaisaldanamontgomeryThursday, November 14, 2013

    Yeah, their fresh-baked biscuits were tremendous, so I can't wait to try this. Hopefully it's a rousing success so other competitors will follow suit.

  3. I love it when they have flavored whip creams, the chocolate whipcream made my summer, this looks just as good.

  4. I just had a light gingerbread frappuccino (tall size) but it wasn't creamy or smooth and it had large chunks of ice in it, as you mentioned "doesn't quite hit the creamy notes of a shake ". i was wondering if this was the barista's problem or the light frappuccino base problem (I've heard light frappuccinos tend to be crunchier), but now I guess it's the frappuccino type (flavour) which was the problem. :/ nice review though :)

  5. I'm not sure it's the import cost. I've been to Japan and the prices are only a little bit less for the same stuff.

  6. These are freaking delicious!!

  7. I've gotten the gingerbread latte but not the frappuccino. They say it's new but I really couldn't tell there was anything different from last year's version. I wish I lived where you were where it's actually warm enough to enjoy them but alas, I probably won't be drinking a frappuccino again until it's safely into May...

  8. I LOOOVE the new buns as well. I haven't tried any of the pretzel buns other places are offering as It just sounds silly to me. I am however, a big Hardee's/ Carl's Jr fan. I was excited about these buns b/c as good as Hardee's fresh baked biscuits are, I knew they would have the skills to pull it off.


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