It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Halloween season is the best season — and this year, it also seems to be the Season of the Spooky Secret Menu Starbucks Drink. For example, I have just learned how to order an “Oogie Boogie” Frappuccino at Starbucks — an off-menu Frapp made possible thanks to the Starbucks menu’s absurd degree of customizability. I mean, hey, we’ve already learned how to order an IT Frappuccino, a Jack Skellington Frappuccino, a Great Pumpkin Latte, and a Cinderella Latte this season — all of which are similarly “secret menu” drinks invented by Starbucks fans and skilled baristas — so we may as well add another to the mix, right?
This latest creation comes to us from writer Amanda Moring of the website Totally The Bomb, who worked with a barista at her local Starbucks store to bring this Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired treat to life. It mimics Oogie’s color palette towards the end of the film, when he’s lit up green in his, uh… I guess I’d call it a chamber of horrors? I mean, to be fair, it’s pretty remarkable that, on top of his whole lair situation, the bug-filled sack dude also has a room inside said lair specifically for fun and games and torture. Regardless, though, a combination of white chocolate mocha and Frappuccino chips lends a sweet crunch to the drink, while a dusting of matcha powder on top turns the whole thing Ooogie’s blacklight-fueled green tint.
Also, it sounds delicious — way better than a sack full of bugs. Just sayin’.
A couple of caveats about the Oogie Boogie Frappuccino, though: First, the recipe is a little complicated, so you may have to walk your barista through it, step by step. Also, speaking of your barista, have patience with them; you are, after all, ordering something that’s both complex and off-menu, so it might take a little bit of time for them to comprehend and execute the huge list of instructions involved in ordering an Oogie Boogie Frapp. Third, if you’re going to order a drink of this magnitude, do it when the store is relatively quiet (please don’t be that person who holds up a massive line of customers all trying to get caffeinated by ordering a drink that takes a zillion years to make). And lastly, you might have a hard time ordering this one from the app or online — the customization menus are pretty prescriptive and don’t allow for the same degree of creativity you get working directly with a barista in the store.
So! With all that said, how exactly does one go about ordering an Oogie Boogie Frapp? After all, you can’t just roll up to your average Starbucks and ask for it by name; because it isn’t on the official Starbucks menu, baristas aren’t trained in how to make it and will likely have no idea what you’re talking about if you just say, “Hi, I’d like a Grande Oogie Boogie Frappuccino, thanks.” Here’s how to make the customizations and adjustments to your order that will allow you to experience the glory of an Oogie Frapp:
1. Choose Your Size
As always, your options include Tall, Grande, and Venti; a Tall is 12 ounces, a Grande is 16 ounces, and a Venti is 24 ounces. Alas, as I discovered when looking into how to order the IT Frappuccino, you cannot order a Short or Trenta Frappuccino. (Short cold cups don’t exist, while Starbucks just… won’t sell you a Trenta Frapp.)
2. Order A White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino
At its core, the Oogie Boogie Frapp is a White Chocolate Mocha Java Chip Frapp. However, this kind of Frapp doesn’t actually exist on the regular Starbucks menu; you’re limited to either the Java Chip Frapp or the White Chocolate Mocha Frapp. Since it’s a lot easier to order a White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino and ask your barista to add Frappuccino chips to it than to order a Java Chip Frappuccino and ask them to substitute the White Chocolate Mocha Frapp for the base, we’re going to go with straight-up ordering a White Chocolate Mocha Frapp.
3. Ask For Frappuccino Chips To Be Blended Up With The Frappuccino
Also, yes, the chips are technically called Frappuccino chips, not java chips. Just, y’know, FYI.
4. Ask For Whipped Cream In The Bottom Of The Cup
A number of specialty Frappuccinos start with something added to the cup before the Frapp itself gets poured in — the beloved S’mores Frappuccino, for example, starts with both marshmallow-infused whipped cream and chocolate sauce layered on the bottom of the cup — so this instruction should be familiar to seasoned baristas.
5. Ask For Frappuccino Chips In The Bottom Of The Cup
The chips go on top of the whipped cream, before the Frapp gets poured in.
6. Add Whipped Cream On Top
Is a Frapp really a Frapp without the whip?
7. Add Matcha Powder On Top
The matcha powder goes on top of the whipped cream.
8. And Finally, Add Cookie Crumble Topping On Top
The cookie crumbles are the finishing touch. Pro-tip, though: One barista commented on Totally The Bomb that their store no longer carries the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino and therefore no longer has the cookie crumble topping in stock. They suggested substituting more Frappuccino chips as the final topping here instead. Just, y’know, FYI.
So, once all is said and done, your order will probably sound something like this: “Hi, I’d like a Grande White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino with Frappuccino chips blended in, whipped cream in the bottom of the cup, Frappuccino chips in the bottom of the cup, and whipped cream, matcha powder, and cookie crumble topping on top.”
Again, have patience, go slowly, and be prepared to walk your barista through each step as they make the drink. There’s… a lot going on here.
Once you’ve gotten your treat, though, feel free to head home, cue up The Nightmare Before Christmas, and revel in all things spooky and delicious. Happy Halloween season!