There are more Starbucks concoctions than you could ever dream of, and we’re not even talking about the “secret menu” Starbucks drinks that require you to ask the barista to change everything about a drink in order to create a polyjuice potion frappuccino. We’re talking about the items that maybe aren’t offered at your local shop but are offered at one of the other approximately 30,000 locations around the world.
Depending on what country you’re in, the menu may look a little different, so if you’re planning a trip anytime soon check out what fun drinks or food you may find!
Peru – Lucuma Creme Frappuccino
Exclusively served in Peru, it’s made with Lucuma (shocker) which is a Peruvian tropical fruit, hence why the drink is only served in Peru. It wouldn’t really make sense to ship this fruit around the world just for a frappucino right?
The taste is supposedly comparable with a maple or butterscotch flavor and is a cream-based drink, so if you’re looking for a sweet treat while visiting Cusco, this comes highly recommended.
Japan – Sakura Blossom Cream Latte
The Sakura Blossom Cream Latte or Blossom Cream Frappuccino are currently only available in Japan. Sakura, which means cherry blossom, is considered to be a symbol of renewal and simplicity and is the national flower of Japan, and Starbucks typically only has the drinks available in the springtime.
The drink itself is just pink on pink on pink, with sakura sauce, cherry blossom milk jelly, and strawberry sauce or jelly used to create the signature pink color. The drinks also come in special cherry blossom themed cups.
South Korea – Avocado Blended
This green drink called the “Avocado Blended” is a seasonal drink available in South Korea that was brought back to the Starbucks Korea menu in July 2018, a revamped version of a drink from a few years prior. The drink is basically an avocado yogurt smoothie, featuring a chocolate “pit” topper to make the drink look like a half-cut avocado.
The revamping of the old drink is reportedly just to enhance the chances of getting an Instagrammable picture, and Starbucks Korea reps said there are no current plans to bring the drink to North America.
Strawberry Cheesecake Frappuccino
This is yet another “only available in Asia” drinks, but it’s also another one that you could definitely recreate by making a couple of substitutions. The Strawberry Cheesecake Frappuccino takes a Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino and gives it a TLC-worthy makeover. Add cream cheese-flavored whipped cream and then crumble some graham cracker crumbs and you’ve got yourself a brand new drink.
You may or may not be able to get this elsewhere, depending on what your local Starbucks has available, but you could probably make it work outside of Thailand.
Latin America – Churro Frappuccino
If you’re looking for that perfect summer low-calorie Starbucks drink you won’t feel guilty about, keep looking. This is not it. The Churro Frappuccino is only served in Latin America and is made with cinnamon dolce and white mocha, whipped cream, and cinnamon. It’s sugary goodness at its finest, and it could be a great new guilty pleasure drink for you.
Realistically, you could probably order this in other countries as well by making a whole bunch of substitutions to a Vanilla Bean Frappe. You will just really annoy your barista in the process.
Wait, Starbucks in China offer dessert dumplings?
Japan – Cherry Pie Frappuccino
Okay, Starbucks Japan really takes the cake (or pie) for this one. They’re miles ahead of the competition.
The Cherry Pie Frappuccino features vanilla-flavored froth, whipped cream, cherry compote, and a pie pastry dome. It’s everything you didn’t know you needed in a drink – and probably everything you could’ve lived your whole life without having – but now that we know it’s out there, it seems like it’s time to take a trip to Japan.
Philippines – Purple Yam Cheesecake
This colorful cheesecake originated in the Philippines but has made its way into select North American locations, and it’s a food bloggers dream. No filters necessary, it’s as vibrant in person as it is in pictures.
The purple yam, also known as ube, cheesecake quickly became one of Starbucks Philippines’ best selling desserts of all time after it arose as a popular ingredient in the global culinary scene. The dessert consists of ube, red mung bean and macapuno shreds (we had to Google that one too, macapuno supposedly tastes like coconut) coming together to create the vibrant sweet cake.
Brazil – Brigadeiro Frappuccino
This drink is a chocolate lovers dream. Willy Wonka himself couldn’t have crafted a better sweet treat. A brigadeiro is a Brazilian chocolate that Starbucks has turned into a frappuccino that is sure to put you into a sugar coma.
Starbucks Frappuccino roast mixed with chocolate chips, white mocha and regular mocha sauce, plus the cup is lined with brigadeiro chocolate sauce, then topped with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Like I said, the sugar coma is imminent.
North America – Iced Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte
Again with the lengthy titles! The Iced Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte was released in both the U.S. and Canada in July 2018 and was added to the permanent Starbucks menu, so it’s here year-round for all you winter iced coffee drinkers.
This Insta-worthy drink is one of Starbucks’ simpler concoctions, combining vanilla bean coconut milk and their signature espresso. That’s it, that’s the whole thing. It’s also easy to make dairy-free, sugar-free or vegan because it’s only two ingredients. A versatile creation for all coffee consumers.
China – Dragon Dumplings
Originally introduced in the summer of 2017 in China, Starbucks created the Dragon Dumplings to honor China’s annual Dragon Boat Festival that’s been occurring for more than 2,000 years.
“A twist on the traditional rice delicacy” they shifted from dinner to dessert with these frozen summer treats made of shaved ice, mixed with coffee or tea and fruit flavors. The dumplings are offered in a pack of 4 that comes in flavors such as Strawberry & Cream, Earl Grey Jelly, Mango, Green Tea & Red Bean, and Coffee Almond. Yet again, we don’t deserve Starbucks in Asia.
Hong Kong – Chocolate Black Tea Earl Grey Jelly Frappuccino
Could Starbucks not have come up with a shorter name for this one? I’d avoid ordering it in the mornings simply because I don’t have the energy to speak that much before I’ve had caffeine.
Another Asia-Pacific exclusive, this frappe debuted in Hong Kong and is available in a number of locations throughout Asia but has yet to appear anywhere else. One reviewer described the drink as a “frappe boba” with the earl grey jelly addition at the bottom of the chocolate drink. Do we think that’s supposed to be a good thing?
Still to come, Vietnam serves one of the highest caffeinated drinks on the Starbucks menu anywhere in the world.
The Netherlands – Eggs Benedict
We’re not sure about the logistics of this one, but supposedly Starbucks in The Netherlands offers a breakfast box that centers around eggs benedict. Does someone have to make the eggs fresh for you and drizzle the Hollandaise? Also how well does this breakfast box travel? Could you get it on the way to work and eat it once you get there? We have questions.
The box comes with spinach, two poached eggs, and ham, plus a piece of whole grain toast. Sounds delicious in theory, but execution may be a different story with this one.
EU, Africa, Middle East – Pistachio Rose Mocha
Introduced as a seasonal creation in February 2016, the pistachio and rose mocha was more original than most of Starbucks “seasonal creations” which are often a regular drink with one ingredient changed. The floral drink was rolled out in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Finally, one that wasn’t only available in Asia, though it still didn’t benefit those of us in North America.
The drink combined espresso with steamed milk, a rose-and-pistachio syrup, and was topped with pistachio-and-rose whipped cream and pistachio crumbs. They took that flavor palette very seriously apparently.
North America – Nitro Cold Brew
Originally released in the summer of 2016, Starbucks’ Nitro Brew at one point was the most exclusive drink in their lineup. It was available in only a handful of stores in the U.S., and by “handful” I mean only nine cities across America. You basically had to be in the Illuminati to try the nitrogen-infused caffeinated brew.
The Nitro Brew is the ultimate iced coffee, and it’s finally becoming a Starbucks staple menu item. In March 2019 Starbucks announced the nitrogen brew would be available nationwide starting summer 2019 but they didn’t talk about locations outside of North America.
China – Red Bean Green Tea Frappuccino
This is one drink that a lot of people seem to be okay with it not being available worldwide. If you really have a hankering though, its pretty simple to make yourself; just order a green tea frappuccino and bring your own beans. That’s all the drink is!
The red beans themselves seem to resemble a kidney bean but supposedly are much sweeter, so don’t put regular beans in your $5 frappe. They’re beans boiled in sugar that are commonly used for desserts, not just any old bean out of a can.
Vietnam – Dolce Misto
Starbucks created the Dolce Misto specifically for the Vietnamese market, “designed to bring Vietnamese customers a new flavor and respect [for] traditional Vietnamese coffee” said the general director of Starbucks Vietnam upon its release in 2015.
Dolce Misto is reportedly one of the strongest drinks on any lineup in any Starbucks throughout the world. If sweet and strong is how you like your coffee (and you live in Vietnam), this is the perfect Monday afternoon pick me up for you.
Argentina – Muffin De Vainilla Y Dulce De Leche
This vanilla and dulce de leche muffin seems more like a cupcake than a muffin. You might not want to start your day with this sweet pastry (or maybe you do and that’s up to you! we don’t judge) but it’s definitely a great choice for when you’re craving something in that mid-afternoon workday lull.
Unfortunately for the rest of us, this treat is only available in Argentina, so we’ll just have to settle for our bran muffins.
Chile – Lemon Bar Frappuccino
Meant to be the perfect sweet-and-sour summer drink, Starbucks Chile offered a Lemon Bar Frappuccino for the 2018 summer. A combination of vanilla bean and lemonade topped with caramel sugar and whipped cream, the drink was relatively well received, though some were disappointed there was no caffeine in it. Why people would want a caffeinated lemon milkshake is beyond me, but that’s between you and your barista.
It’s still unknown whether Starbucks will be bringing the limited edition drink back to Chile (or anywhere) for the summer of 2019.
Greece – Yogurt Frappuccino
I’m not convinced that this “frappuccino” isn’t just a cup of straight up greek yogurt. It supposedly blends the traditional coffee Frappuccino with Greek yogurt so it’s at least half a cup of yogurt, meaning I’m only half wrong.
This Greek yogurt frappe comes in three refreshing summery flavors: strawberry, honey, and banana. Do we think that yogurt blended with coffee would taste good? I know that Starbucks is the coffee king and I’m a lowly consumer, but I’m not entirely sold on this drink.
Peru – Iced Algarrobina Latte
The Iced Algarrobina Latte is made from none other than algarrobina (Starbucks Peru gets straight to the point with these descriptive titles) which is made from the Black Carob tree, native to Peru.
The sweet syrup is often used in smoothies and cocktails as a natural sweetener, so Starbucks decided to try it out in their lattes, and it’s been considered a success. For the same reason as their Lucuma Frappuccino, there are no plans to take the Iced Algarrobina outside of Peru.