Starbucks Japan Reveals Berry Berry Cheesecake Frappuccino® for the Holiday Season

31.October.2020 | FOOD

Starbucks Coffee Japan is set to launch the Starbucks holiday season on November 1 with a selection of special drinks and products. The theme this year is “a Special Holiday with Starbucks Classics.”

 

The coffee chain revealed three seasonal drinks for the holiday season this week including the Starbucks® Christmas Blend, Gingerbread Latte, and Macadamia Toffee Latte. Now they’re showcasing the “Berry x Berry No-Bake Cheesecake Frappuccino®” and “Berry x Berry White Mocha” which will also be added to the seasonal menu.

Berry x Berry No-Bake Cheesecake Frappuccino® | Tall ¥590 (Before Tax)

Berry x Berry White Mocha | Short ¥450 | Tall ¥490 | Grande ¥530 | Venti® ¥570 (Before Tax)

Opening up the first holiday season door at Starbucks is the Berry x Berry No-Bake Cheesecake Frappuccino®, a sweet and sour combination of no-bake cheesecake and a tangy sauce made from strawberries, cranberries, and raspberries. The drink is inspired by the Cranberry Bliss Bars sold at Starbucks, indulging your mouth with a mouth-watering mixed berry fusion to bring a smile to your face at the first taste.

 

If you’re looking for a hot beverage during the autumn and winter season, then the Berry x Berry White Mocha has you covered. This too contains the mixed berry sauce and is also laced with a white chocolate sauce. To finish, a shot of espresso and steamed pink for a rich kick to the sweetness. The espresso adds a deep flavour akin to caramel.

Starbucks Japan have also posted a special advent calendar on their official Instagram page which will run from November 1 up to Christmas Day where they will post various clips and videos. One video will be in collaboration with Japanese singer-songwriter Dai Hirai who is set to produce a new song for the event and perform it live online.

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    Tana Forno

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    Running: February 13, 2021 / February 14, 2021 / March 13, 2021 / March 14, 2021
    Time: 11:00-15:00 (While supplies last)
    Location: Garden Court (Will move under the galleria in front of the food gallery if it rains)

    Enjoy the delicious taste of seasonal strawberries grown in the lush environment of the Rokkō Mountains.

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