It's not summer until s'mores get involved, but if you're not one for campfires or the great outdoors, I've got some great news: The Starbucks S'mores Frappuccino is back for 2017 — no sticks, sleeping bags, or bug repellant required. For the third year in a row, the fan favorite S'Mores Frappuccino will be a featured part of Starbucks' summer menu. Beginning May 2 (that's today!), marshmallow fiends in the United States and Canada can get their paws on this layered blended beverage that brings together all the best flavors: Marshmallow, chocolate, graham cracker crumbles, and, blessed be, coffee.
Though no one is entirely certain who to thank for the outdoorsy snack from which this drink takes its cues, the Girl Scouts currently shoulder the honor, based on a 1927 article in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts by troop leader Loretta Scott Crew featuring a recipe for "Some Mores." (Related: Tramping and Trailing with the Girls Scouts is hands down the best name for a magazine I've ever heard.) Noted Loretta, "Though it tastes like 'some more,' one is really enough." Yeah, OK, Loretta. You can eat your one over there, and I'll stuff five into my mouth at once over here. To each their own.
The recipe remained published under the name "Some Mores" until 1971, at which point it was, for unknown reasons, shortened to "s'mores." The recipe itself hasn't changed since the 1920s — toasted (read: burned AF and don't fight me on this) marshmallow sandwiched between layers of graham crackers and chocolate — but it's inspired countless spin-off treats.
The Frappuccino, meanwhile, debuted in 1995 with just two flavors: Coffee and Mocha.
Honestly, baby, look how far you've come!
Which brings us to today. First introduced in 2015 and reappearing every summer since then, the S'mores Frappuccino begins with a base of marshmallow-infused whipped cream and milk chocolate sauce. Toss in coffee, milk, and ice, all blended up, and finish with more marshmallow-y whipped cream and a graham cracker crumble, and you've got a decadent treat you can enjoy anywhere, including very far away from nature, if that is your thing.
A Tall, 12-ounce S'mores Frappuccino typically costs between $4.25 and $4.95; the drinks will be available during the summer months, or until supplies last. Based on Starbucks' recent track record with "until supplies last" (hi, remember the Unicorn Frappuccino that continues to dominate social media?), I'd say run to Starbucks this afternoon if you want to try this one. Or trot, maybe. Running seems a little excessive. Need to know where to do that trotting? Find the closest Starbucks location here.