Starbucks has come up with a very spooky Frappuccino recipe, just in time for Halloween!! It’s the Frankenstein – oops! I mean “Franken Frappuccino.” It’s so scary, you might notice your barista’s terrified face as it’s handed to you:

2 - 1 - Brooke with Franken FrappuccinoI tried one last night and thought it was delicious but quite a treat! It’s a dessert in a cup!

2 - 1 - Franken Frappuccino 27 October 2014I wasn’t able to finish mine! It tastes a bit like peppermint – chip ice cream. If your local barista doesn’t know the recipe for a Franken Frappuccino, tell them this (this is only the size for the Grande):

  • Start with a green tea Frappuccino
  • Add java chips
  • Add 3 pumps of white mocha sauce
  • Add 3 pumps of peppermint syrup (and substitute that for the classic syrup – there’s no classic syrup in the Franken Frappuccino.)
  • Top with whipped cream and mocha drizzle.

Here are a few tips for you to have the best experience ordering as possible:

When ordering a Frappuccino, be sure to really call it a “Frappuccino” and not a “Frap” or a “Frappay” or a “Frappe,” I realize this is an incredibly small thing, but once in a blue moon, you will meet a barista who gets up in arms about hearing the word “Frappe” or “Frap.” I know it’s rare that anyone even worries about something so trivial, but the reason is this: A “Frappuccino” is a Starbucks-trademarked word, and a “Frappe” is a McDonald’s- Trademarked word. Those people who really love Starbucks might cringe a little when they hear their competitor’s product name. (There must be better things to worry about.) Again, I know that none of this is worth getting high blood pressure over. But just so you’ll have the best ordering experience possible, say the word “Frappuccino” in full. It’s okay if comes out kind of pronounced, “Frapp-ah-chino.” The reality is that people generally don’t pay a lot of attention to what is a trademarked word in their normal everyday vocabulary. So while all of this seems like a small thing, the emotions around it are born out of a love of all things Starbuckian!

Next tip for ordering your Frappuccino: Please know what you are ordering and be able to say it out loud. What you should never do is just say, “I want a Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino” and nothing more, and then expect the Starbucks barista to know what you want. Also, do not shove your phone at your local barista. I know just where the temptation to do this comes from – it makes sense. You’ve got a drink that is hard to order and it seems like it would be much easier for the barista just to read the directions. But what you should do is first try to say the drink, and if that doesn’t work, politely ask, “Do you want to see the recipe on my phone?” So for the Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino (which I do find a pain to order and baristas almost always end up wanting to look at my phone) you might say this: “I’m ordering a very modified Grande strawberries and creme Frappuccino – It has strawberry juice to the first line of the cup, milk to the second line, 3 scoops of vanilla bean powder, 3 pumps of white mocha sauce, 2 pumps of toffee nut syrup, with creme base and both ice and whipped cream actually blended in, then topped with whipped cream.”

Third tip when ordering a heavily modified Frappuccino: do not be alarmed when it has a big price tag. You might want to consider using one of your MyStarbucksRewards on the drink. The modifiers will add up. For example, things like White Mocha Sauce, and Java Chips are always a cost to add in.

And the last tip for a great Frappuccino experience: leave a tip for your baristas. Frappuccinos happen to be pretty labor intensive and in any case, I’m sure your local baristas would appreciate a tip.

Come in to Starbucks October 29 – 31st after 2:00 PM and you can order any Grande size Frappuccino for just $3.00!! Now is your chance to try that Franken Frappuccino – just in time for Halloween!