“ Brand: Starbucks „
My best friend and I were walking around Superdrug the other day and we decided that we wanted to grab a drink before heading home. Luckily we spotted these drinks in the chiller and when we saw the price immediately we grabbed what bottles there were left in the chiller, and ran to the till since we both have a bit of a thing for these drinks.
~*~ Starbucks? In Superdrug? ~*~
I'd have thought that a lot of people know what Starbucks is by now, since there is one on most street corners, and in plenty of train stations up and down the country. If not they are famed for making hot beverages; that you can drink in store or take away, even buy the beans to make your own Starbucks coffee - and they also do their cold drinks, in store and that you can get hold of in various shops, mainly supermarkets but obviously we spotted ours in Superdrug. This drink was a Frappuccino, which is essentially a strawberry milkshake with a Starbucks sticker slapped across it!
~*~ Was it nice? ~*~
First time I had one of these I was a bit dubious about them because all I could think was that was going to taste like coffee, despite the obvious fact it has nothing to do with coffee - but hey this is me! So I was very impressed when I drank it, because it was a very fresh tasting drink, like the kind of thing you would want on a hot day to cool you down. It surprisingly wouldn't have gone down too badly with an ice cube or two on a really warm day - because even after you've given it a shake it's still quite thin, which might seem a bit of a complaint but it's not actually it makes for a more refreshing drink. Which if I'm honest that is what I fancied at the time after an afternoon of shopping, and chatting!
The texture of this sterilised milk drink, is quite smooth, didn't find any nasty lumps in it so I can safely say that I am quite happy with that. The taste however is really good, it's not an overly strong taste of strawberry - like some milkshakes that taste so artificial it almost hurts! It's a nice tasting drink and this is saying something for me who doesn't normally go for anything but chocolate flavoured drinks... So it must be good, it has the high quality that you would come to expect of Starbucks, and normally for the price it needs to be good. My only complaint is that the bottle is only 250ml, and to be honest it's not even close to being enough for how much you spend on them full price - even though they are a lovely refreshing drink.
Given that in the 250ml bottle there is only about 125 calories, it's not exactly bad for you calorie wise, so I can forgive myself for drinking two straight after other in about ten minutes flat... There is less than 1g of fat in the whole bottle that saturates so that isn't too bad really considering it is milk, it is quite high in sugar though, at around 17g of sugars per bottle it's probably not so good for your sugar intake really.
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
Starbucks shops, supermarkets and Superdrug and occasionally Boots have these in stock, can't say I've seen them anywhere else but keep an eye out for them they are bright pink you'll definitely see them. In Tesco, and Waitrose they are £1.69 a bottle and for 250ml that is an awful lot of money, which is why we snapped them up at 20p a bottle when they were marked down and with still plenty of time left to drink them as well so we got a bargain!
Starbucks is probably the best known coffee company in the world. The logo is instantly recognisable and the ridiculously long queues that trail out of the shop door during the morning and lunch time rush let you know that their popularity is incredible. I'm not a fan of coffee in the slightest, but Starbucks do offer their customers a range of non-coffee products so that we coffee dodgers don't miss out. Recently Starbucks have started to produce special products which are available to purchase outside of their stores in supermarkets and have been created so that you can enjoy the Starbucks experience at home or on the go. This "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" is one of them.
If you fancy giving this "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" a whirl, there are two places that you will find it. The first being in Starbucks stores. Even though Starbucks already have a vast menu of custom made drinks, they also stock a small range of ready bottled beverages such as fruit juices and waters for those that don't fancy a coffee. Starbucks have added their very own "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" to the range of bottled beverages in their chiller, so if you live near one of these world famous coffee shops you can pick up your fix there. The second place that this "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" is available is at your local supermarket. I have seen this product stocked in both Tesco and Asda, in both large and small stores, so if you don't have the delight of having a Starbucks on your street corner, you can pick up this product on your weekly shopping trip.
A 250ml bottle of this "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" will set you back to the tune of £1.68. To me this seems fair in terms of this product being part of the Starbucks range, but a little on the hefty side for the amount of beverage you actually get. Looking at the flashy glass bottle the milk is packaged in, I can see why the price is so high. As a customer you are clearly paying for the brand name and the rather swish packaging, rather than the quantity/quality of the product within.
So what exactly is this "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" and what is it offering us as a consumer? At first, I was tricked into thinking this "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" was a milkshake, purely because it carried the 'Frappuccino' name. To me, a milkshake is thick and creamy. This product certainly is not. This is definitely more in the category of 'flavoured milk'. Once you have taken away the posh outer packaging, the product within is simply strawberry flavoured, pink coloured milk. To put it simply, this "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" is strawberry milk for image conscious grown ups!
The outer packaging of this "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" is what first attracted me to this product. I'm the dream of marketing managers everywhere! The pink, strawberry flavoured milk is housed inside a rather swish looking transparent glass bottle through which you can see the product within. The front of the glass bottle is printed with the Starbucks logo which stands out proud in all its green glory on the supermarket shelves and so is easily to pick out. The front of the bottle states what the product is, whilst the back of the bottle is printed with a brief description of the product and the nutritional information and ingredients list. The bottle looks absolutely great and feels expensive in your hand. However I can't help but feel that the glass packaging is a little impractical and is why the price for this product is over the £1 mark.
To look at, this "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" has all the makings of strawberry milk. It is a pastel shade of baby pink in colour which is exactly the first thing that springs to my mind whenever I think of strawberry milk. Whilst inside the glass bottle, the drink looks pretty swish and attractive, but once poured out of the bottle into a glass/beaker/cup (whatever drinking receptacle takes your fancy) this drink loses all its flash attractiveness and looks just like any other strawberry milk. I did notice that upon pouring this drink, the texture is rather thin. Certainly more of a milk drink than a milkshake. To me, milkshakes are thick and creamy, whereas this milk drink is thin and what I can only describe as 'watery'. When I use the term 'watery', I would liken the texture to that of skimmed 0.1% fat milk. I was expecting for this "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" to be a little thicker, but the thin texture of the drink is acceptable and makes it both lighter and more palatable when on the go.
Most strawberry milk drinks have similar scents which are all on the same 'artificial, chemical strawberry' playing field. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" had a welcoming and fresh scent that had a hint of 'real' strawberry about it. It's all too easy for strawberry drinks to have that headache-inducing, sickly sweet, 'fresh from a factory' smell, but this product didn't carry any of this and instead offered a pleasant and attractive fruity scent. I wouldn't go as far as to say that this "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" smells like a freshly made strawberry smoothie, because this simply isn't the truth, but the smell of the drink is certainly appetising in comparison to some its competitors.
One of the first things I would associate with Starbucks is 'quality'. When purchasing a Starbucks drink, freshly made by a barrister in their store, I can always guarantee that the taste will be perfect and the quality will be high. When purchasing a Starbucks product outside of their store, I would still expect for the quality to be up there with their store made drinks. Firstly, I will say that the taste of this "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" is pleasant and fresh. Unfortunately, I wouldn't go as far as to say that it is delicious or exceptional. The drink does have a fresh and milky taste, but certainly not creamy or rich. The strawberry flavour is light and tasty, without being too sweet or too sickly. A plus for this "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" is that it avoids carrying any chemical or artificial flavour, which is common amongst strawberry flavoured milk drinks. The flavour of this product is nice, but only that. I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase this product based on flavour.
My opinion of this "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" is split, as some of the 'cons' rather outweigh the 'pros'. On the positive side, the product has a fresh strawberry flavour which lacks the usual artificial taste that comes with most other strawberry flavoured drinks. The flavour of the drink is pretty nice and I don't really have any complaints on the taste front, but I will say that the texture of the drink seems a little thin. In terms of the 'cons' of this product, my biggest negative is that I do feel a little ripped off. It appears I am paying premium price for thin strawberry flavoured milk simply due to the brand name attached to the product and the outer packaging. Although the product looks fancy and carries the prestigious Starbucks name, the flavoured milk inside is something of a let down in terms of the price. Another 'con' of this product is that the 'Frappuccino' part of the "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink" bares no relation to the 'Frappuccino' product that they sell in their stores. This has left me a little confused as to why they chose to sell this drink under the 'Frappuccino' product name. In Starbucks stores, a 'Frappuccino' is a blended ice and milk beverage with your chosen flavour added, much like a grown up slush. However this product, also branded as a 'Frappuccino' product is simply flavoured milk. I do think Starbucks have made a bit of a mistake with naming this product after a product they already sell, as the two products are nothing alike. Customer confusion is bound to happen! It did for me, and it still boggles my brain now! I was expecting a lot more from Starbucks when I purchased this product, but unfortunately they fell a little short on delivering their usually exceptional drinks.
Although I did enjoy the flavour of this "Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino Drink", I won't be in a hurry to splash out the full RRP for it again. Unfortunately, the product size and quality does not match up to the premium price charged, so I would hesitate to recommend this to anyone looking for a decent, filling, well priced strawberry milk drink. Although the product may look good and carry a superb brand name, the stuff within, albeit tasty, isn't really worth the premium price.
Nutritional Information Per Serving.
Serving Size 1 bottle:
Total Fat: 1g