How To Order Starbucks' Sally 'Nightmare Before Christmas' Frappuccino
This has to be the peak of Halloween season — at least in my book. It seems like not a day goes by without a Starbucks secret menu item or bespoke Frappuccino appearing on my radar. Some of them look intriguing, some of them are just downright confusing — but this, this speaks to my cold, black soul. You can get a Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas Frappuccino — if you know how to order it. It looks beautiful and terrifying, just like Sally herself.
As Delish explains, the recipe seems to be taken from the Totally The Bomb site, which has a number of themed Frappuccinos including a few from Nightmare Before Christmas. But the Sally one looks the best to me. Instagrammer @foreigngoddessxx posted the beauteous drink in its final form and it is a sight to behold.
So how do you get your hands on one? Firstly, make sure to be very kind to your barista, because ordering one of these complicated, off-menu drinks is a total pain for them — so they deserve a hefty tip before you go forward. It's a complicated order, but you're basically dealing with a jazzed-up Vanilla Bean Frappuccino that looks way cooler than your average frap. Start by asking for caramel drizzle in the cup, then ask for Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with matcha powder blended in it — be sure to ask nicely, because here's where it gets complicated. You're going to want it topped with whipped cream, strawberry sauce (or puree, depending on what you want to call it), and Strawberry inclusions, which are just freeze-dried Strawberries.
That's all you need. The green from the matcha powder gives it a slightly eerie hue, while the strawberry elements give it a bloody twist. It's creepy and super sweet, making it my ideal October concoction. Oh, and because the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino doesn't have caffeine, it's kind of just like a giant milkshake with a lot of fixings.
As I said, there are already plenty of special Starbucks Frappuccinos floating around the interwebs, so if you're looking for a different flavor combination then fear not. There's the Jack Skellington Frappuccino, which uses a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino base with chai syrup and an espresso shot — or the Secret "Oogie Boogie" Frappuccino, which uses a White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino base along with tons whipped cream and cookie crumbles. If you want one that's a little easier, the IT Frappuccino is essentially just the Vanilla Bean base with added strawberry puree on top and/or inside the cup — so it's more straightforward when you're trying to order and won't be such a pain for your barista. Seriously — please tip generously, because we are all monsters for perpetuating this off-menu nonsense and yet we do not stop.
There are a lot of different ways to get into the swing of fall — but if you're holding onto summer's Frappuccinos with your grasping, clawed fingers and aren't ready to let go, you might as well give them an autumnal twist. The Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Frappuccino sounds like the perfect way to get a cool, sweet treat that still feels very much like an October drink. So go forth and order — just do it with patience and compassion and giant tips.