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A different country, different speciality drinks at Starbucks – this is the Starbucks rule I managed to confirm on my Starbucks-hopping. Simply put, the US market had the loved-by-the consumers and hated-by-the baristas Unicorn Frappuccino, Indonesia is now tooting its counterpart of Popcorn Caramel Frappuccino. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, Starbucks is treating its loyal customers to two special flavors, one of which is the Roasted Smores Frappuccino. Apparently, this one is back due to popular demand.

Roasted Smores Frappuccino

The scorching heat – 35 degrees is normal temperature each day in Quezon City – was a strong impetus for me to get Roasted Smores Frappuccino (tall size only) and throw caution to the wind. I would worry about the calories later when I get to the gym. Truly frap happiness with each sip, which was far from my imagined saccharine taste. Nestled at the bottom of the ice-blended Frappuccino roast coffee beans were swirls of chocolate syrup reminiscent of the chocolate sauce for chocolate sundaes bonding with swathes of marshmallow. Topping the iced beverage is a whirl of whipped cream sprinkled with bits of graham crackers. It is not hard to grok that it is pure frap happiness: a sip of it is a sweet (not cloying), gooey, and chocolatey goodness that momentarily quells the searing summer heat and uplifts the sadness in one’s heart.

It is a sugar fest with the Roasted Smores Frap and sticky cinnamon bun. (Imperial Suites,Tomas Morato branch)


It is to each his, or her, own when it comes to finding a way out of the doldrums. Some, I know, sing away their despondency, which is something I can never do because my pipes are broken, in a manner of speaking. Others, I have seen, in Shakespeare’s words, “plague heaven with their bootless cries”. There are those who, tragically, turn to drugs like Sherlock Holmes to stay the boredom. Then are there are the ones that dive into a box – or boxes – of chocolates. As for me, I jump into caramel, anything caramel – caramel cupcake, chocolate bar with caramel filling, ice cream bar with caramel, you get the point – like crazy.


This blended beverage finally made its way to Indonesia after 10 months of waiting.

This blended beverage from the Polk Street outlet finally made its way to Indonesia after 10 months of waiting.

The one caramel variant missing was Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino, which I learnt of from an old elementary classmate, which is her favourite Instagram and FB photo subject apart from her corgi named Kirin. She is now based in Chino Hills in Los Angeles and turns to a venti Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frap to get through a very trying day at work. Curious, I got myself one when I was in San Francisco last summer and was completely won over. Actually, I was very caramel-giddy.


Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino in progress - swirls of caramel and a drizzle of caramel crunch complete the frap.

Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino in progress – swirls of caramel then a drizzle of caramel crunch complete the frap.

It was a rarity in Indonesia until this month when Starbucks included it in its beverage menu. After sipping one 10 months ago at the Polk Street outlet, I was happily sipping a tall size Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frap (Rp50,000) at Metropolitan Mall in Bekasi while plodding through the remaining 40+pages of Dickens’s The Old Curiosity Shop. It’s not like I’ve experienced metanoia but, at least, all is copacetic in the world until the next frap.

Look, it's here! Selamat datang ke Indonesia!

Look, it’s here! Selamat datang ke Indonesia!