You know that Starbucks Mini Frappuccinos are here. You know that they're 10 ounces, so they're smaller than a normal Frap, and that they cost an average of 20 to 30 cents less than a Tall. But do you know what flavors you can get a Mini Frappuccino in? Don't worry — I investigated so you don't have to.
The short answer is, you can get a Mini Frappuccino is any flavor you can get a normal Frapuccuino in. I'll wait a minute for that to sink in. I promise I'm not making that up. In fact, a Starbucks spokesperson told Bustle via email, "Staying true to Starbucks commitment to personalization, customers can order all flavors of Frappuccino in the Mini serving size" (emphasis my own, because all flavors deserves italics).
Maybe you think I'm making too big a deal of this. How many possible flavors of Frappuccino can there be out there? Well, I have the answer to that, too. And it's a big one.
Are you ready?
Are you suuuuuuure?
According to Starbucks, there are 36,000 different possible customization options for your Frappuccino. Here's how you can get to that number (bear with me, I know math sucks).
First of all, there are three sizes (Tall, Grande, and Venti for Starbucks newbs or people who are too cool to memorize the lingo). Then, there are three styles: coffee, coffee light, or creme (no coffee, but possibly tea). There are five milk options (nonfat, two percent, whole, c or soy). Now comes the complicated bit: There are 18 different flavored syrups and sauces, and you can specify the number of pumps you want of each. There are eight options for add-ins (Frappuccino Roast (extra coffee), Espresso Shots, Protein Powder, Vanilla Bean Powder, Matcha Powder, Strawberry Fruit Juice, Banana, and Frappuccino Chips). Finally, there are six different toppings: Whipped Cream (you can ask just a little bit of whipped cream as well), Chocolate Whip Cream (limited-time), Marshmallow Whip Cream (limited time), Chocolate Drizzle, Caramel Drizzle, Mocha Drizzle, Cookie Crumbles, Graham Cracker Crumbles and Coconut Flakes. Multiply that out, including all the possibilities for number of pumps and you get about 36,000. I know, it's crazy — and it gets even crazier when you remember that there are now four sizes.
1. S'mores Frappuccino
This is a seasonal menu offering, so get it while it's hot (or, uh, cold I guess). The S'mores Frap features marshmallow infused whipped cream, milk chocolate sauce, coffee, milk, ice graham cracker crumbles and more marshmallow whipped creme on top. If it sounds like sweetness overload in a Starbucks cup, that's because it probably is: This baby contains 68g of sugar (and probably, like, 5000 percent of your daily expected marshmallow intake), so getting it in the 10 ounce size might slash the feeling of guilt a bit.
2. Apple Pie A La Mode Frappuccino
The Apple Pie A La Mode Frappuccino (which is a missed opportunity for the portmanteau "Frapple Pie") comes from the Starbucks Secret Menu, a website dedicated to sharing recipes for Frappuccinos that Starbucks is technically capable of making if you don't mind being that person who's willing to as for it. The recipe goes:
- Fill with apple juice to the bottom line.
- Add Cinnamon Dolce syrup.
- Add Frappuccino creme base.
- Blend in some whipped cream.
- Line the cup with caramel drizzle and top it off with whipped cream and more caramel drizzle.
I just feel like it would be wonderful to ask for a super specific, off-the-menu (albeit delicious sounding) Frap, and then be like, "Yeah, so can you make that, but I only want 10 ounces of it, thanks!"
3. Green Tea Creme Frappuccino
Honestly, I would order this one in a Mini because it's so aggressively green that I wouldn't feel comfortable committing to a size that's any bigger than 10 ounces. Like, the logical adult in me knows that it's green because matcha powder is green, but the part of me that is still seven is concerned that it's going to taste like lettuce.
Tiramisu is one of those Frappuccinos that's delicious for about three sips and then gives you a sugar headache. But you know what? That makes it the perfect thing to order in the itty bitty size. It's just enough goodness without overindulging to the point where you can't move because of IBF (Incapacitation By Frappuccino).
5. Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino
Fruity Frappuccinos are a little confusing to the tastebuds. Are they smoothies? Certainly not. But are they milkshakes? Not really. Keep the puzzlement to a minimum by ordering this pink beauty in a Mini.