The Starbucks news is rolling fast and furious these days, so it was entirely unsurprising when I woke up this morning and discovered that there’s a new treat in town (again): The Starbucks Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino has arrived, and you guys? It sounds like it’s essentially a Thin Mint in a cup. Or, y’know, lots of Thin Mints, all blended up with coffee and other delightful things, and it is everything I have ever wanted in a summer drink. Why, yes, I have a sweet tooth; why do you ask?
What’s more, the new Frappuccino is just part of the many Frappuccino-tastic surprises Starbucks has in store for us this week: Frappuccino Happy Hour is also back for 2017, as is the almighty S’mores Frappuccino. From May 5 to May 14, all Frappuccino blended beverages are half off at participating stores from 3 to 6 p.m. local time, including the Midnight Mint Mocha and the S’mores Frapp; heck, you could even go ahead and order yourself a Mermaid Frapp and it’d still be half off.
But I know, I know — nothing in this package of Frappuccino-related wonderfulness is quite as exciting as the idea of being able to drink a caffeinated Girl Scout Cookie. So, what exactly is in the Midnight Mint Mocha Frapp? It all starts with Frappuccino Roast coffee, extra dark cocoa, “cooling mint sugar crystals” (and no, I don’t totally know what “cooling mint sugar crystals” are, but that’s not stopping me from imagining a giant ice castle built out of them, complete with Elsa singing from the balcony), milk, and ice. These ingredients are blended up together, after which they’re layered in a cup, parfait-style, with a cloud of whipped cream in the middle. The drink is then topped with more whipped cream and a dusting of dark cocoa. Um, yes please.
For the curious, this is what it looks like:
If it seems like it’s been all Starbucks, all the time lately… well, it kind of has been. We first started hearing rumors about the Unicorn Frappuccino nearly three weeks ago, and since then, we’ve witnessed the following in quick succession: The announcement of the Unicorn Frappuccino, the ensuing Unicorn Frappuccino fever, the unofficial Dragon Frappuccino, the Pink Pegasus Frappuccino, the Thestral Frappuccino (I kid — credit for that hilarious parody goes to Bustle’s Emma Lord), the unofficial Mermaid Frappuccino, and now all of today’s goodies. That’s… a lot of Frappuccinos. And, according to Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, there will be plenty more limited edition novelty drinks hitting the menu in times to come.
But hey, I’m not complaining. When it rains, it pours, and there are worse things that could be falling from the proverbial skies than a series of gustatory treats.
UPDATE: The Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino will cost around $4.45 to $4.75 for a 12-ounce Tall, depending on the market. It will be available starting May 2 at a majority of Starbucks stores in the United States and Canada; you’ll be able to get it throughout the summer months, or while supplies last.
EARLIER: I haven’t been able to dig up pricing info on the Midnight Mint Mocha Frapp yet, but given what a specialty Frappuccino at Starbucks usually costs, I’m willing to bet that this one will set you back somewhere between $4.25 and $4.95 for a 12-ounce Tall, depending on the market. I’m also not sure how long it’ll be available, so you may want to snap it up soon, juuuuuuust in case. I doubt it’ll be quite as popular as the Unicorn Frappuccino was — that one seems to have been an anomaly (because, well, unicorns) — but if there’s one thing we did learn from the Unicorn Frappuccino, it’s this: It is possible for a Starbucks location to run out of the ingredients for a limited edition drink long before the drink’s official end date rolls around.
Time, as they say, is of the essence!