Starbucks is premiering a new strawberry funnel cake frap with real fried dough

Starbucks is looking to kill us. But in the most delicious way possible! The coffee chain is launching a new Frappuccino this summer that is so over the top, I think you gain weight just reading it: the Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino. I swear, my mouth starts to water just reading the name. And get this – it contains real bits of funnel cake!

If funnel cakes and fair grounds are your ideal way of spending a summer day, Starbucks’ new frappuccino is for you.

On Tuesday, the coffee chain added a limited-edition beverage to their menu: the Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino. The drink is made up of strawberry puree, whipped cream and funnel cake-flavored frappuccino, but the star of the new item is its topping — actual pieces of crunchy powdered sugar funnel cake.

The frappuccino joins a lineup of Starbucks’ other year-round blended favorites such as the Caramel Ribbon Crunch and Mocha Cookie Crumble frappuccinos, as well as the Dragon Drink, Pink Drink and Mango Dragonfruit Starbucks Refreshers.

As far as food, returning again this year is the Unicorn Cake Pop, which features vanilla cake, confetti sprinkles, and white chocolate icing shaped as a unicorn head.

[From People]

CB asked how many calories this thing had. I’m sure the answer would stun us even before we went into sugar shock from drinking it. What I want to know is what’s the prep time? If I ordered a Strawberry Funnel Frap and a Unicorn Cake Pop, would I need to budget and extra hour into whatever errand I was running? I’ve said before, other than wine, I really don’t drink my calories so I will likely never indulge in this thing unless I treat it like a dessert. But all the separate elements sound good. If I worked at Starbucks, I’d probably dip into the funnel cake piece reserve enough to earn myself a pink slip.

I’m most intrigued with the “funnel-cake-flavored Frappuccino” part and what that would taste like. I wonder if I could get that on its own. I bet I could, because Starbucks loves to customize drink orders. The company loves to be known for it, the baristas – not so much. Last week a fed-up barista went viral when she posted a rant about a customer who ordered a drink with 10 personalizations. The tweet prompted a thread by baristas who have similar feelings about overly-customizing customers. The thread is now deleted, and Starbucks issued a statement defending their customers’ right to personalize. So I guess keep ordering what you want, but just remember: be kind to your barista. They work hard creating these complicated orders and they’re in control of your drinks.

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  1. Darla says:

    Ridiculous, and if I am going to blow that many calories it will be on pasta. 🙂

    • FHMom says:

      Yeah. If I wanted something sweet, cool and full of calories, I would opt for ice cream. This is absurd.

  2. Becks1 says:

    I don’t drink my calories either, besides wine lol, but I think I would try this once just to see if it’s worth the hype.

    Then I’ll join @Darla at the pasta table, lol.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I am trying to stop drinking my calories (I love a good iced tea / iced coffee, and don’t get me started on my craving Coke if I’m having a burger lol) but strawberry shortcake is one of my all-time favorites, and I do love a good funnel cake too…I might cave one day and try this, but as a dessert. It’s probably got enough sugar in it for 5 desserts, lol.

    • Piratewench says:

      Same, I don’t drink my calories. I drink 30 calories of half and half in my coffee, no sugar. Other than that just water.

      BUT I do love to have one of these kinds of drinks 3-4 times a year as a dessert or a treat.

      The thing is, if you’re not used to liquid calorie sugar like this, it can make you feel really sick to drink a whole one, so sometimes it’s not even worth it as a treat. I’m going to see if my husband wants to try this and I’ll treat myself to sipping a few sips from his. That’s the way to go lol.

      • Seraphina says:

        @Piratewench, same here. I never ever go to Starbucks and I do not drink my calories. BUT This is something I am willing to try ONCE. Yum.
        As far as pasta, no thank you. My family is southern Med and they don’t understand how I don’t like pasta. I think of it as wet bread. I would much rather have meatballs in a subroll baked in the oven or meatsauce over a crispy baguette.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Piratewench – that’s exactly my issue now, I used to love sweet drinks like this or milkshakes etc, and now because I don’t have them that often (I maybe go to starbucks once a year), when I do I feel sick. I think I could only get this if I was splitting it with someone.

        I do love funnel cake though.

        @Seraphina, aw, and I used to like you. haha.

      • Seraphina says:

        @Becks1 – it’s ok – I still like you despite our pasta differences 🙂
        Mind you, I had a friend once make homemade pasta. I thought I had gone to heaven. It was like no pasta I ever tasted.

  3. Nomegusta says:

    Starbucks really looked me in my face and said ‘your thighs will know no peace’…smh

  4. Abby says:

    I would love the funnel cake part, like that sounds like such bad news for me. Strawberry, not so much. I wonder if I can personalize it without strawberries. hahaha

    I never drink these ridiculous frappe drinks because they usually look like they’re full of dye and SO MANY calories (Although I love the creme brûlée and caramel frappes) but I *might* try this once.

  5. Layday says:

    I do drink my calories and since I can’t get to the State Fair of Texas due to no longer living there (and obviously COVID), I may partake out of nostalgia and I’m usually not a Starbucks or a coffee person. Please somebody locate a calorie count for me ASAP so common sense can intervene lol?

    • Northerngirl says:

      My FitnessPal is great!

      • BusyLizzy says:

        My FitnessPal is great! I swear by it. You can scan food items and create recipes. I’ve find it very helpful in my weight loss combined with the FitBit app.

    • Abby says:

      Yes!! Maybe it’s my missing the State Fair of Texas last year that has me even thinking about getting this. I always get a funnel cake at the state fair and it’s only one time a year for me.

    • Juniper says:

      My SBUX app says it’s 450 for a grande and 500 for a venti. That actually sounds low to me, but if it’s what it says, it’s what it says.

  6. Lauren says:

    I’m not fond of drinking my calories, usually just a couple of beers a month, but I need this strawberry funnel cake frap! I would probably hate-drink it because of the excessive sugary coffee, but I want it. It’s for the best that I live hundreds of km from the closest Starbucks and that Starbucks Italy will not carry this drink.

  7. Wiglet Watcher says:

    I’m on day 3 of 5 of a juice fast and Starbucks picking at my last nerve.

    These drinks are getting nuts and Starbucks might have trouble finding baristas soon… mine is.

  8. heygingersnaps says:

    I’ve been boycotting starbucks for a few years now. I’m not sure why most of the starbucks places here in the UK have poor customer service compared to the ones in South East Asia or the Middle East. I grew up with them priding themselves on providing great customer service and so when I moved here to the UK it was disappointing to encounter a different “culture”.
    The final straw was when one of the local Starbucks branch where we live displayed no sympathy for my then 3 year old son when he needed to use the toilet, he was just learning how to use the toilet and listen to his body cues. They insisted that I have to order first before they can give me the code, when I explained that I was going to order they kept insisting that they would only give me the code once I ordered and paid for our drinks. The barista proceeded to ignore my son’s discomfort and took her sweet time on getting my order and processing it, all the while my son was doing that uncomfortable dance and was nearly in tears. Not the only incident that I got a disappointing service (rubber bits and plastic pieces in my drinks on two occasions) but that was certainly the last straw.

    • JanetDR says:

      That is terrible! I’ve never heard of them doing that. I often use the bathroom before ordering.

  9. Willow says:

    I just went into sugar shock reading that description. Those sound like DQ Blizzards without the ice cream. I might have to try one just because. But I am a little skeptical about the funnel cake part. If it’s not fresh from the deep fryer, and you’re juggling it on a paper plate while standing in a field at a county fair, then it’s not a funnel cake.

    • aang says:

      I bet the DQ Blizzard has less sugar depending on the flavor. DQ “ice cream” is actually not that bad as far as deserts go.

  10. Eurydice says:

    I’m saving “drinking my food” for when I don’t have any teeth.

  11. L84Tea says:

    I’ll stick with my usual 2 shots of espresso over ice in a Venti cup. I add a Premier Protein drink over it and it’s the perfect high protein iced coffee.

  12. AnnaC says:

    I wonder if they’ll let you just get the funnel cake without the rest of the drink? That would be dangerous for me… of the (first world, selfish to me) worst things about 2020 was the cancellation of the local fair and Brimfield Antiques show for my two annual funnel cake splurges, lol!

  13. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Why thank you Celebitchy. This is just the kind of information I needed this morning. Upon investigation on ordering, I can nix the strawberry bit and go crazy with my favorites. Blond espresso white chocolate mocha vanilla hazelnut funnel cake? Tiramisuesque frapp come to mama.

  14. Jules says:

    i read frap as crap and it fits better.

  15. Kath says:

    I used to work at Starbucks and every time a new elaborate drink comes out I just feel bad for my former fellow colleagues.
    Every time a new fab comes out we get crowded with bratty teenagers and crazy requests all the while without one inch of respect or politeness being shown to the baristas.
    People need to remember the service industry has human beings working on it, not unfeeling machines.
    Vent time over, sorry