By Tana Kosiyabong, Sharon, Kylie and Stacey
Last Friday, my coworker Sharon came over to my desk and told me about the half-price Starbucks Frappuccino. “Let’s go now,” I exclaimed. “Well, we have to wait until 3 pm,” she replied. According to Starbucks website, the Frappuccino Happy Hour is only valid between 3 and 5 pm, from May 6 to 15, 2011. I don’t know why they came out with this promotion when the weather is still cold. But I don’t care because I’m a sucker for all kinds of cheap food and drinks. (Sharon and several other coworkers in the office are also suckers for the half-price fraps.)
At 3 pm sharp, Sharon walked by my desk again. She had already put on her jacket and was ready to go. “C’mon, it’s time!” she said. Without hesitation, I jumped off the chair and we were on our way to the Starbucks store across the street.
Anyhow, let’s skip to Monday (May 9th) when I first had an idea to make this promotion a new Cheap Appetite mission. Sharon and I went back to the same Starbucks again during the Frappuccino Happy Hour. She ordered a tall Mocha Frap without the whipped cream ($1.98 plus HST), and I got a grande Strawberry and Crème Frap ($2.23 plus HST). (Why can’t they just call it small instead of tall, and medium instead of grande? Freakin’ annoying.)
MOCHA FRAPPUCCINO (by Sharon): It hits the spot of a 3 pm jolt of caffeine. ©©© ¾
STRAWBERRY AND CREME FRAPPUCCINO (by Tana): Refreshing sweet and tart flavor. Wish they added some fresh strawberry to the mix though. ©©© ¾
On Tuesday, Sharon got a small Vanilla Bean Frap with non-fat milk and no whipped cream ($1.73 plus HST) and I went for a medium Java Chip Frap ($2.23 plus HST).
NON-FAT VANILLA BEAN FRAPPUCCINO (by Sharon): It’s like ice cream. I like it a lot. It’s cheaper too! ©©©©
JAVA CHIP FRAPPUCCINO (by Tana): Although it was chocolatey and mocha-like, I was disappointed to find out that the “Chips” are actually “chocolate chips,” not coffee chips (or Flakes) like I expected. It was also too sweet for my taste. ©©©
On Wednesday, Sharon took a rain check because she had already drunk too much sugar from a free Fruitopia she got with a Quizno coupon. So I went by myself. Because Sharon raved so much about the Vanilla Bean Frap, I decided to give it a try. However, there was no way in hell that I would go for the non fat milk like she did. I paid $1.98 plus HST for my medium Vanilla Bean Frap.
VANILLA BEAN FRAPPUCCINO (by Tana): OMG. Sharon was right. It’s just like drinking melted Vanilla ice cream. I wish it was slightly less sugary though. Love the cheaper price! ©©©©
Thursday afternoon was warm and sunny. My coworker Kylie and Stacey had also joined Sharon and I on the half-price Frap mission. Kylie ordered a medium Vanilla Bean Frap ($1.98 plus HST); Stacey got a medium Coconut Creme Frap ($2.23 plus HST); Sharon went for a small Double Chocolaty Chip Frap made with non-fat milk ($1.98 plus HST); I chose a medium Matcha Frap ($2.23 plus HST).
VANILLA BEAN FRAPPUCCINO: (by Kylie): It is delicious with a hint of magical undertones. ©©©©1/2
COCONUT CREAM FRAPPUCCINO: (by Stacey): Consistency is good – smooth and not too icy. Flavour tastes like condensed milk or sweet coconut milk. It needs something extra, like a hit of strawberry or coconut flakes – then it would be better. ©©©3/4
NON-FAT DOUBLE CHOCOLATY CHIP FRAPPUCCINO: (by Sharon): Perfect amount of chocolate chunks for a little crunch. Like dessert. ©©©©
MATCHA FRAPPUCCINO: Taste like cold, refreshing Matcha Latte. I love that they use green tea powder which is quite potent. Like most Fraps, I wish it would be less sugary. If you love Matcha (green tea) ice cream, you’ll like this. ©©©©
On Friday the 13th (not a scary movie sequal), Sharon took a day off, and I also too a half day off. So I went to the Starbucks and got myself a medium Coffee Frap ($1.98 plus HST). The next day (Saturday) I ordered a Raspberry Frap ($2.21 plus HST). The cashier didn’t even know that it existed until I show him that Raspberry is on the “Create Your Own Frap” list.
COFFEE FRAPPUCCINO: I like the simplicity and refreshing taste of iced coffee. And it’s a bit cheaper than most Fraps. But again, it was a little too sweet for my taste. ©©©3/4
RASPBERRY FRAPPUCCINO: It was a big disappointment. The Raspberry flavor was weak. Not even worth two bucks. ©©
I’m going back for my favorite Vanilla bean today (Sunday) and finally wrap up the mission. Once the promotion is over, there will be no more Frappuccino for me. Although I’m a sucker for the half-price Fraps, I definitely won’t pay a full-price for one.
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