Aug 30, 2014

Around the World: Starbucks Japan's New Caramel Flan Frappuccino has Actual Flan in It

For the fall, Starbucks Japan is offering a trio of new Caramel Flan coffee drinks including a Caramel Flan Frappuccino with actual chunks of custard pudding and caramel sauce (AKA flan or, as they're calling it, "Caramel Custard") starting September 1, 2014.

The new trio consists of the Shaken Caramel Custard & Espresso (AKA an iced Caramel Flan Latte), the Pudding & Caramel Frappuccino (AKA a Caramel Flan Frappuccino), and the Bitter Caramel Macchiato.

The Shaken Caramel Custard & Espresso features espresso shaken to a frothy head with ice and caramel milk plus a pour of custard sauce to give the drink a yellow-and-brown marbled look.

The Pudding & Caramel Frappuccino mixes your standard Coffee Frappuccino and mixes it with slightly sweet custard pudding and bittersweet caramel sauce. It comes with an extra-wide straw so you can get at the good stuff.

The Bitter Caramel Macchiato is the most mundane of the three and features espresso poured over steamed milk with a bitter caramel sauce drawn in a grid pattern on top.

Prices for a Tall 12-oz drink is 450 yen (~$4.32 US) for the Shaken Caramel Custard & Espresso and the Bitter Caramel Macchiato, and 540 yen (~$5.19 US) for the Pudding & Caramel Frappuccino.

Some of you might remember that Starbucks offered a Caramel Flan Latte earlier this year, but like their recent Strawberry & Creme Frappuccino, Japan has one-upped us yet again.