Just in time for Frappuccino beverage season, Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada are blending something new for customers with the Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino blended beverage along with returning favorite S’mores Frappuccino blended beverage. Both beverages are available in participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada starting May 2, along with new food and two new Teavana ready-to-drink craft teas.

Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino

Summer evenings were the inspiration for Starbucks new Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino blended beverage.

“We started by thinking of the heydays of summer,” says Jennica Robinson from Starbucks beverage development team. “We were inspired by thoughts of dark starry nights, looking up at the sky with a cool summer breeze.”

The beautiful layered beverage starts with scoops of extra-dark cocoa blended with coffee, milk and ice, infused with cooling mint sugar crystals and cut with a layer of whipped cream.  It is then topped with more whipped cream and a dusting of dark cocoa.

“Mint is instantly cooling,” says beverage development manager Ryan Coombes “It contrasts with the dark cocoa and whipped cream for a balanced, refreshing beverage.”

The new beverage also taps into the dark food trend popular in social media, such as black macarons and charcoal ice cream.

“People are gravitating toward vibrant colors,” Coombes said. “Jet black is filling the void in unexpected places.”

Frappuccino Happy Hour Returns on Friday

Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour returns to stores starting this Friday, May 5, through Sunday, May 14. Customers can visit a participating Starbucks store in the United States and Canada from 3 to 6 p.m. local time and enjoy half-off Frappuccino blended beverages, any flavor and any size.

Refreshment on-the Go

For quick refreshment, Starbucks has added new Dulce de Leche Frappuccino bottled coffee drink to its ready-to-drink lineup, with a smooth blend of sweet caramelized milk and coffee. Available in the United States where groceries are sold.

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