Disney Force Friday: Frappuccinos Inspired By Star Wars.
In the world of Disney, today was “Force Friday.” Today new Star Wars merchandise came out, in anticipation of the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Starbucks store in Downtown Disney (in Anaheim) came up with three Star Wars-themed Frappuccinos!
Just in case Frappuccino fans everywhere were curious about these creations, I thought I’d share them here.
There was the Trooper Frappuccino:
This was a Vanilla creme Frappuccino. It’s not the Vanilla Bean version, rather it’s the syrup-creme version. Top the whipped cream with mocha drizzle. This was a fun Frapppuccino. It had been a long while since I’d ordered a Vanilla Creme Frappuccino, so it was fun treat!
Next up, is the Dark Side Frappuccino:
The recipes for the three Star Wars-inspired drinks is on this Disney blog (appears to a fan blog, not an official site, as best as I can tell. Sometimes it can be hard to tell a fan blog from a company-operated one! 😉 ). In order to order these beverages, you have to be able to tell your barista the recipe. I’m not sure I said this one right to the barista. It is an Espresso Frappuccino with Mocha Sauce blended, topped with chocolate whipped creme, and finished with Mocha drizzle atop the whipped creme. Honestly, this is a bit too sweet for me. I didn’t order it correctly since I missed the part where the mocha gets blended into the beverage.
One other problem with the Dark Side Frappuccino is that your Starbucks won’t have chocolate whipped cream. I think most stores won’t make it for you. In this particular case, I went to a Starbucks where a number of the partners know me and my blog, and they often give 110% in helping me order fabulous things for the blog and making photogenic beverages. I’m going to cycle back to this fabulous store at the end of this article.
Last but not least, there is the Green Monster:
The Green Master is a Green Tea Frappuccino, add java chips, and finish with whipped cream and caramel drizzle. This was a fun one! I’m not that huge of a fan of green tea Frappuccinos but the java chips are a nice touch!
A few weeks ago, SeattleMet.com ranked every single Starbucks in Seattle. It certainly was fun to read! I’m pretty sure it was written a bit in jest and fun, and not to be taken too seriously. That article ranked 104 Starbucks stores, included in their story a mix of company-operated and licensed stores. I noticed they included the Starbucks at 5th and Wall, which is a licensed store. And they missed two company-operated stores: West Seattle Junction Starbucks and the Zulily Starbucks. Nonetheless, they took on quite a task by visiting so many Starbucks. I’ve thought about ranking them myself, but that’s a lot of stores to visit!
Out of the 104 Starbucks locations ranked, the Westlake Center store came in at 100. That made me a little sad! It doesn’t deserve to be ranked at the bottom! That store is a fascinating, unique store. And it’s place that through three different store managers, I’ve had a number of great experiences. I consider it to be within my “home” district of stores, so I visit there plenty. I went to Westlake Center Starbucks for the project of making the three Force Frappuccinos, and they were totally game.
Westlake Center Starbucks will turn 15 this December 16th. I went to a fun coffee event there in 2011, which lasted for several hours. In 2012, I watched a wedding happen at the Westlake Center Starbucks. It’s been a great store. I moved into that district in 2010, and have had so many great experiences at that store. I watched the store go from store manager Greg, to Jesse, to Victoria. I remember feeling worried when Victoria took over the store. I thought, ‘Will it still stay great?’. She is awesome. I had nothing to worry about. The team has changed a few times over but this story has partners who are really giving 110%. It’s unique because the clientele of customers includes panhandling individuals, tourists, a few regulars, business people, and pretty much every diverse range of customers you could imagine. I have watched tourists stand at the menu and struggle to order. It’s near the Ride The Duck in Seattle, and so gets people far and wide. The team sometimes calls themselves #Bestlake. It’s extraordinary the patience the partners have at this store. Actually, if I were a partner, I’d love this kind of store: every day would bring something new.
And with that, I want to thank Westlake Starbucks for many fun times and for making my Force Frappuccino beverages earlier today. It’s not 100 out of 104 in my book. It’s a top 10 Starbucks.
It is a fan blog. The official Disney blog is http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/
Not sure how the dark side frappuccino is too sweet when there is coffee + espresso in it ( The recipes I learned were from a Sbux Facebook group and there was no mocha blended in this drink, only on top) and the vanilla creme has no coffee but it wasn’t too sweet? ANYWAY. These are cute drinks but you can order them whenever so it’s a little disappointing.
Hahaha! Mary you make a good point. This is all so subjective. As I think about it, if I’m enjoying coffee, I really prefer JUST coffee. I don’t even order a lot of lattes. It’s black coffee for me, as a first choice. Once in a while I’ll get something sweeter but not usually. It’s like ice cream: I would normally buy a coffee ice cream but I love a mint chocolate chip. Not sure if that helps, but it’s all subjective.
Totally fair if everyone else has totally different thoughts about these Frappuccinos!
It was Green Master, not Green Monster! 😛 (I was working the register that day, a ton of people misread it as monster)
Thank you for the clarification on the name of the Green Master drink, Mimi. As a long time Star Wars fan I truly didn’t understand what the Green Monster had to do with Star Wars. But the Green Master is Yoda so it’s all good now. I saw these drinks featured on the Today show but didn’t hear a mention as to where they were being made.
Fun drinks! Green tea one sounds refreshing.
Sara Mc Clendon
I’m trying more & more mocha drinks, but I missed this 1 last year. It has risen to the top of my list of frappuccino to try. I just recently found your blogs & added this 1 to my Facebook page. I’ve been looking through your older posts (hope that is the correct verbiage) and I have found several that I copied onto my web page history on my phone. I also have just added Reserve subscription to try as an early birthday present to myself. Thank you! Now wish I lived closer to Seattle. Maybe my friend Liz & I can go to the Pike Place store for goodies & new Reserve coffees soon.
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I saw a blurb about these Star Wars Frappuccinos in the early hours of the morning while I was getting ready for my opening shift. The Downtown Disney Twitter account tweeted out a cute picture of a Frappuccino that kind of looked like Yoda with two straws bent to represent ears. I looked all over trying to find the recipes and names for these beverages and didn’t find anything! The tweet also said those items were available only at the Disney location(s) but I knew there was a chance we might still have people come in and ask. Now I know the names and how to make them if someone asks! Thanks Melody!!! 🙂
I also think it’s funny the Green Monster Frappuccino is basically last year’s Frankenstein Frappuccino without peppermint and mocha drizzle but caramel drizzle instead.