Starbucks line of Frappuccino beverages are a hit around the world. Starbucks Japan offers a wide range of flavors like the ones pictured above: Caramel Frappuccino, Green Tea Frappuccino, and last but not least, the limited time Valentine Chocolate Brownie Mocha Frappuccino.
While delicious, having one of these on a regular basis can really burn a hole in the pocket. That’s why the guys at Omocoro have developed a line of DIY Frappuccino recipes to rival the megachain’s own.
If your familiar with Omocoro’s previous informational articles we covered, it should come as no surprise that: Some of these recipes are not safe for work (a warning I never thought I’d have to give).
After checking the internet, they boys found that making a Frappuccino is actually quite easy.
First just fill a cup with ice and add milk.
Add 4 to 5 tablespoons of instant green tea powder.
Then blend it until you stop hearing loud crunching sounds.
Put some whip cream on top and voila! It’s easy and only 100 yen (US$1.12) a cup!
Also, you can add toppings as you like such as chocolate sauce, honey, or cinnamon.
Well, that was almost too easy. “If we can do that, maybe we can make new Frappuccino drinks that are even better than the ones Starbucks puts out” they thought.
First, to match the sophisticated atmosphere of the Starbucks menu, they needed a sophisticated taste…
Corn soup is a popular drink in Japan and by using the French “corn portage” nom de plume it has a more elegant feel to it.
It was a huge success in ice pop form earlier this year, so a Corn Soup Frappuccino should be a no-brainer. First mix some soup and ice.
Hmm… blended kind of quickly this time.
Looks pretty good. How does it taste?
According to the official Omokoro taste tester, it tasted like slushy and cold corn soup. “Disgusting” I believe was the word he used repeatedly on the way to the bathroom.
OK! Onward and upward. Starbucks’ drinks are also well-known to be high in calories on the level of an entire meal. “What if we made a Frappuccino even heartier than the ones made by Starbucks?” they thought.
Putting an entire meal into Frappuccino form starts with a cup of ice topped with precooked rice.
Then add a raw egg for nutrition and some soy sauce for flavor.
The blending process was a little off-putting.
And the frothiness settles really quickly.
But how does it taste?
Hmm… straw doesn’t seem to work.
Breaking out the spoon, they could finally get a taste and…
“Cold blended puke” were the exact words of the taste tester.
Feeling defeated, the team went back to the drawing board and tried to find what Starbucks had that they were missing.
“How do we capture the feeling of sitting in a Starbucks, drinking a Pomegranite Frappuccino Juice Blend with cinnamon sprinkles, and spending a sunny afternoon working on your screenplay in a drink?” they thought.
Then it hit them…
The Chinpoccino is surprisingly fast and easy to make.
Now to bring in the taste tester – boy does he look excited!
They tell him to eat it before it melts. A very suggestible soul, he quickly he goes for the spoon.
Alas the spoon doesn’t penetrate – perhaps a straw?
Nothing. It looks like there’s only one way to get the full Starbucks experience from this Frappuccino.
We’re pretty sure that’s just whipped cream on his mouth.
Isn’t that right, Harajuku-san?
Source: Omokoro (Japanese)