Gina Vaynshteyn
Updated May 11, 2016 @ 2:38 pm
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‘Tis the season to slather on sunblock, bust out your shorts, and…get your Frappuccino on! What feels MORE like summer than slurpin’ on an icy, creamy Frappuccino? Basically nothing. And our Starbucks summer vibes just became stronger, because the coffee chain just released the newest Frap flavor. Drumroll please (thank you).

Made with key lime sauce, milk, matcha, ice, and graham crackers, this new beverage sounds absolutely perfect EXCEPT for the fact that it’s only available in China and Indonesia.

Luckily, you can still technically order the Key Lime Frap, you just need to give your barista the recipe (found on the Secret Starbucks menu), which is: lime juice, whole milk, white mocha syrup, two pumps of vanilla syrup, and one pump of cinnamon-dolce syrup. You then blend in some whipped cream and extra ice, and cover with whipped cream and toasted coconut.

But what does it ACTUALLY taste like? Does it taste like creamy, cool key limes? Or not so much? We decided to give the new Frap a try.

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Just for starters, the Frap doesn’t look ANYTHING like we pictured. We were handed an off-white drink (not green!) with graham crackers sprinkled on top (our location didn’t have any coconut). Not the best start.

“Not going to lie, I kind of really liked it (I know most people didn’t). It didn’t remind me of a key lime pie, more like fruit loops. However, I did get a bit of a stomachache afterward — might have had something to do with the 5 pumps of sugar syrup in it. Still, props to the barista for putting up with our weird order!” -Sarah, Video Coordinator

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“Hard pass. #No.” -Rachel, Staff Writer

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“I’m devastated that I put that in my mouth. I thought it would would taste like Key Lime Pie, but it was more like a Sour Patch Kid dipped in coconut.” -Kayleigh, Deputy Editor

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“This is not a major key (lime), this is nasty. It tastes like when you’re a kid and someone dares you to put all kind of random stuff from the fridge into the blender and then DRINK IT. The only benefit (if it is a benefit) was the cray cray sugar rush I got from my few sips. When will Starbucks learn that citrus and dairy just do not mix well?!” -Christina, Video Producer

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“Okay, so I know everyone’s a hater, but I kinda liked it because I like all things sweet and cinnamon. But after the first 5 seconds, there’s a weird after taste that just kills it for me.” -Quyenn, Editorial Intern

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“Without even knowing what was in it, I wasn’t a huge fan of this drink. It was tart and milky at the same time, which was definitely not a good combo. Plus, the aftertaste was a no-go. When I later found out that the drink is made of lime juice and milk, that made the experience even worse because I couldn’t stop picturing curdled milk in my mind. (Sorry for that visual, guys!)” -Anna, Staff Writer

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“Well, this literally tastes nothing like key lime pie, so there’s that. It tastes like someone mixed lime juice with half-and-half and added mint. Mint wasn’t even IN there, so I guess my tastebuds are just sad AND confused.” -Gina, Senior Editor


Most of us were not big fans of the drink. We unanimously decided the Key Lime Pie Frappuccino tasted nothing like key lime pie, and the thought of milk and citrus juice freaked us out. This may not be our go-to summer Frap after-all.