If it feels like Starbucks is either bringing back old Frap favorites or introducing new ones every single week, that’s because it’s basically true! Last week, the coffee chain announced they were bringing back the Birthday Cake Frappuccino for five days, and the S’mores Frap throughout summer. And then late last month, Starbucks brought us the Caramelized Honey Frappuccino, and before THAT was the ~controversial~ Cherry Blossom Frap. So. Many. Icy. Beverages.
And obviously the Frappuccino bonanza doesn’t stop there. Today, Starbucks rolled out their newest Frap bebé: the Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino. The drink is the perfect ode to summer days spent on the boardwalk.
What’s in it, exactly, besides an ice cream shop in syrup form? According to Starbucks’ press release, the Caramel Waffle Cone drink is made with waffle cone syrup, dark caramel sauce, whipped cream, and waffle cone pieces sprinkled on top of the whole thing.Does it TRULY taste like ice-cream laden summers, though? We decided to find out.
“As a waffle cone devotee, I was very excited to try this newfangled Frap. Then, I took one sip and my taste buds were like ‘What in tarnation is being unleashed upon us?’ Sadly, this concoction tasted nothing like a waffle cone and wasn’t even that delicious… yet I couldn’t stop drinking it. I don’t normally drink coffee and, as a result, I was told that I’ve ‘never looked more alert.’ So if you want a waffle cone beverage, look elsewhere – but if you want something that will wake you up like a trusty alarm clock, look no further.” -Anna, Staff Writer
“As expected, the drink was way too sweet for me and I felt like my pupils were dilating as I took a sip. (I drink black coffee so this is pretty much like DRINKING DESSERT.) That being said, it was still delicious. My favorite part was eating the waffle cone pieces on top of the whipped cream.” -Marie, Staff Writer
“Let’s me be honest: The best part of this is the whipped cream/waffle cone top. I’m wondering if I can start ordering this combination off of the Starbucks secret menu, because I would. Just a cup of whipped cream, and waffle cone, and caramel syrup and I’d be set for the day. I’m also really big into sweet sugary things, I love them. I crave them. But this drink might actually be TOO MUCH for me, which is a rare thing. It tastes just like a big thing of caramel syrup, like a regular caramel Frappuccino, which I don’t normally drink tbh. So let’s get back to ordering this whipped cream and waffle cone cup like I do a normal iced coffee.” -Rachel, Staff Writer
“Whoa. This drink is insane. It’s like the Caramel Frappuccino on STEROIDS. Like, it literally tastes like melted down caramel. The okay part was the whipped cream and waffle cone bits. I didn’t really taste waffle throughout, just…caramel. A lot of caramel.” – Gina, Senior EditorVerdict?
It was unanimously agreed that the Caramel Frap was REALLY sweet. Like, maybe TOO sweet. And while the drink was basically pure, liquid caramel, we did really enjoy the bits of waffle cone sprinkled on top. Perhaps the key here is more waffle, less caramel.