Friday, June 26, 2009

snapshot/coffee: STARBUCKS coffee jelly frapp

I like that Starbucks Taiwan is willing to experiment. I think I even saw this last year or the year before and thought that I should give it a try. I thought I'd just walk in and drool over the chocolate muffin and enjoy some AC and walk out, but the sign caught my eye and before you know it, I'm ordering a Caramel Coffee Jelly Latte Frappuccino.

Yes, I said, Caramel Coffee Jelly Latte Frappuccino. Dude, if you are going to have a calorie bomb, you gotta go all the way.

But I immediately regretted getting it after I took my first sip. I think I'm so used to the chewy Q consistency of boba, I felt that the coffee jelly didn't have any spring in its step. It was a bit flavorless and lost in the icy snowstorm of my Caramel Coffee Jelly Latte Frappuccino. I think if the coffee jelly was a bit stronger in flavor, it's a good concept. After all, I'm a huge fan of the coffee jelly topped with coffee ice cream dessert from Sawtelle Kitchen, and this is pretty much the same thing, but blended.

But for the price of one frapp- NT$150- I can get three "Yuan Qi Q Nai" and chew on brown sugared boba to my heart's content.

This hasn't hit the states yet, has it?


LIN said...

I saw that at the Starbucks in Macau. I thought about ordering it because I love grass jelly! But I was afraid of it being too sweet.

Pauline said...

i don't think i've seen this in the states yet. looks really sweet though!!

EatTravelEat said...

Interesting. Why is it that food chains from America serve so much yummy food internationally that isn't available in the states? I think we would like these special products like this in the U.S.

joanh said...

lin: definitely a different taste than grass jelly!

pauline: i don't think it will make it to the states!

eatTraveleat: hehe.. McD, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Pringles.. they definitely all make specialized products for the Asian market! maybe it just wouldn't work in the US

dessertobsessed said...

wow they have grass jelly starbucks in asia now? thats crazy! too bad i don't like grass jelly to begin with

mim said...

I don't see this one making it to the US, for some reason. Although didn't green tea frap come from Taiwan?

ayl said...

Also agree the jelly may not make it to North America. Not something people usually have in drinks.


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