Review: Starbucks Horchata Frappucino

Starbucks seems to launch a featured drink every hour. One of its latest is a Horchata Frappucino. I tried it so you don’t have to.

True story. When I ordered this for the first time, the barista asked if I had tried horchata the liqueur. When I said yes, this was her response: the frappucino tastes nothing like horchata. Oops. She immediately offered to make me something that would taste like horchata. I declined since I wanted to taste Starbuck’s version. I got the creme base, not the coffee base, because I am not a coffee fan. Your results may differ based on franchise and base choice.

Apparently, there are recipes on the internet for the secret horchata frappucino. It starts with a chai frappucino and then adds stuff. Look it up if you’re interested.

What I got was an overwhelming taste of cinnamon. Nothing but cinnamon. There’s an unnecessary caramel swirl on top but it wasn’t enough to mix in and add a real caramel flavor to the drink. It basically just flavored my whipped cream.

I didn’t really notice any taste difference from the almond milk versus my regular chai frappucinos. Maybe you will. Let me know.

I ordered a second one some days later at a different Starbucks. Still tasted overwhelmingly of cinnamon but even more caramel that I didn’t touch.

Was the drink any good? Sure. If you like cinnamon and a lot of sugar. But, let’s be honest, if you’re ordering a Starbucks frappucino, you know you’re in for more than your daily recommended dose of sugar.


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