The Chai Creme Frappuccino – Blended Beverage
* Starbucks Worldwide *
My biggest addiction in the world is the Chai Creme Frappuccino. It’s not a Starbucks Secret Menu Item and its infamous in the United States as well as other parts of the world. Though, every now and then you’ll get a novice Starbucks employee who’ll state that “we don’t make those” or that “they can’t do that”. WRONG ANSWER. The Chai Creme Frappuccino is a core part of Starbucks culture for those of us the “don’t do coffee”. It’s in your manual and its made by intelligent baristas in every Starbucks I’ve visited around the World. Well I’ve yet to make my way around the world – but it holds true where I have been – Everyone of the 50 states that has a Starbucks, Canada, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Holland, and Australia. Though now that American Starbucks have just come out with the ever-so delicious CHOCOLATE CHAI – it was a Starbucks in South Carolina that suggested we try the Chocolate Chai Creme Frappucino and we’d find a few Starbucks across America who didn’t think they could make them (duh! same way as a regular one, but using the chocolate chai concentrate instead of the chai concentrate – problem is the Chai Creme Frappucino is so common in the states they already have a pump-mix for making them – or so I have been informed).
The Chai Creme Frappuccino is a Starbucks’ branded drink with spicy Tazo chai blended with soy or milk and ice. Alternatively it is topped with sweetened whipped cream. Chai is the name for spiced tea in India which is quite simply black tea infused with cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, and other spices over a stove. This is a cold smoothie-milkshake version of it blended with creme and milk (or soy). Starbucks owns the brand name and invention of the “frappucino” which is a known mix of a “frappe” and a “cappuccino” originally a espresso coffee with frothed milk. The term “frappe” may have come from the Greek term “frapp’” for a Greek Iced coffee or the Boston term “frap” meaning “thick milkshake frappe”. The original Frappucino was created by George Howell’s Eastern Massachusetts Coffee Shop chain called “The Coffee Connection”. The Coffee Connection was bought out in 1994 by Starbucks. With the sale came the rights on the “Frappuccino” beverage. After that point an explosion of all sorts of thousands of different concoctions as “frappuccinos” became available through Starbucks. [Rating:5] * 5 stars out of 5 *
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- Coffee Wiki “Frappucino”. Website referenced on 1/1/14 at http://coffee.wikia.com/wiki/Frappuccino.
- Frappucino.com “Frappucino”. Website referenced 1/1/14 at http://www.frappuccino.com/en-us/products/blended-frappuccino.
- Starbucks.com “Chai Creme Frappucino”. Website referenced 1/1/14 at http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/frappuccino-blended-beverages/tazo-chai-frappuccino-blended-cr%C3%A8me?size=11002676&milk=4&whip=125.
- Starbucks-Ireland “The Chai Creme Frappacino”. Website referenced on 1/1/14 at http://www.starbucks.ie/menu/beverage-list/frappuccino-blended-coffee/chai-creme-frappuccino-blended-beverage
- Ranker.com “Starbucks Secret Menu.” Website referenced 1/1/14 at http://www.ranker.com/list/starbucks-secret-menu-items/secret-menu-items.