John Eats @ Starbucks Banana Cream Pie Frappucino

It’s about gosh-darned time! When we last checked out Starbucks’s newest drinks, the Banana Cream Pie Frappe was left on our list. Today is the day that I sampled this drink. Is it any good, or will I be split asunder by it’s strange taste?

Let’s find out.

The Banana Cream Pie frappe in all its glory.

From the get-go, the Banana Cream Pie frappe cuts a unique image for itself. With its creamy white top, cool coffee-flavored middle, and shockingly pink bottom, one can be forgiven for thinking twice about ordering this drink. Yet it has stayed close to its original concept: a fruity ensemble dressed to please in a hip coffee shop. Of course, it’s presentation lends itself quite nicely to the socially trendy – with its bright colors, it’s easy to take a picture and share it with your friends.

But how does it taste?

The coffee, unfortunately, tends to cover the pink bottom. A pity.

Unlike it’s sibling, the Banana Cream Pie frappe is sweet, but not obnoxiously so. The taste of bananas dominates the drink, supported by both berries and coffee. This drink lends itself to the younger crowd who are looking for casual drinks while bonding with their friends,

This is, obviously, best paired with Starbucks’s non-traditional dessert offerings: their ube cake comes to mind, as well as their plain donuts. Really, anything that doesn’t push the drink’s sweetness over the edge of tastefulness will match quite well with this.

Personally, this gets a 3.0 out of 5 for me. While I can appreciate the flavors, the sweetness (and the banana-like flavor) is not my cup of tea. Others might beg to disagree, though.

TLDR:

Good: Fruity, colorful and sweet, perfect for catching up with friends (or for Instagram/Facebook posts)

Bad: Might be too sweet for some people. Banana flavor does not play well with most desserts.

Ugly: You’d probably be better off with the Irish Coffee Cream frappe.

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