Taste test! Today we’re trying out Starbucks Philippines’ Salted Caramel Mocha Crumble Frappuccino. This frappuccino is one of Starbucks PH’s two newly released featured drinks for 2018. We also took its ‘partner’, the Okinawa Brown Sugar Latte, to a taste test earlier this week.
Read more: Okinawa Brown Sugar Latte Price and Review
If ube was the flavor of the year last year, salted caramel would most likely be 2016’s top flavor. Everyone did a salted caramel something back in 2016 and they were either super bad or really good. But my favorite of them all would be the Cloud 9 Salted Caramel bar.
The thing about salted caramel is that it has to be a perfect balance so it won’t confuse your taste buds. We’re not food experts but we do know what it’s like to have two oddly separate tastes in one bite. Spoiler alert – your our brain will explode. So for this taste test, we’re testing out Starbucks Philippines’ salted caramel and how it ties up with their signature Mocha Frappuccino.
What’s inside the Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha Crumble?
The Starbucks Philippines’ take on the Salted Caramel and Mocha combo is composed of a Mocha Frappuccino base topped with whipped cream, caramel syrup, mocha crumble bits, and smoked sea salt.
According to the official nutritional facts of the Starbucks USA Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino blended beverage, each grande serving is equivalent to 440 calories, with 16g of fat, 5g of protein, and 69g of sugar.
It goes without saying that if you’re on a diet, skip it. I just had one this morning and I feel like I have to spend 3 hours in the gym. Was the treat worth it though? Let’s see!
What does the Salted Caramel Mocha Crumble Frappuccino taste like?
Interestingly, the Salted Caramel Mocha Crumble from the Starbucks here tastes like buttered popcorn. I was thinking it would be more like the caramel popcorn from Kettle Korn but nope, it really tastes like movie theater buttered popcorn. It makes sense though because Starbucks Philippines’ caramel has always had this buttery taste to it and they combined it with the bitterness of the coffee plus the sea salt.
Sipping into the Mocha Frappuccino only, I knew right away that they blended this with more caramel syrup. There’s a slight coffee taste to it but you’ll find that it’s more chocolatey and caramelly as you go on.
After that, I decided to mix in the whipped cream and all its toppings. That was a feat I’m not prepared to do again. Here’s a tip. We do recommend you mix everything together. Better yet, ask the barista to blend in everything for you. But if you find yourself in our situation where you have to manually mix it yourself, wait until the Mocha Frappuccino base melts a bit before you proceed with the vigorous stirring method you’ve perfected after years of sipping Starbucks Frappuccinos.
So let’s say you’ve done that. The true Salted Caramel Mocha Crumble taste is really cool. The sea salt has a strange fishy flavor to it on its own but when mixed in with the caramel and the mocha, blends seamlessly into the drink. It also gave the Salted Caramel Mocha Crumble Frappuccino a unique depth of flavor that kept the drink from being too sweet. We’re impressed.
Starbucks Philippines Salted Caramel Mocha Crumble Price and Availability
The Salted Caramel Mocha Crumble is priced at P155 for a short, P165 for a tall, P180 for a grande, and P195 for a venti. The one pictured was a grande size. This drink is available in all Starbucks branches from January 9, 2018 to February 19, 2018.
The Starbucks Philippines Salted Caramel Mocha Crumble Frappuccino gets an 7/10 stars from us. Not our choice of drink but we also won’t pass on it either. Besides, it tastes like buttered popcorn.
Yes, it has coffee although you won’t really taste much of it in this Salted Caramel Mocha drink. Mostly chocolate and caramel.
Remember to ask the barista to blend everything together to get that salted caramel taste all throughout your drink. Pass on it if you’re on a diet because it’s 440 calories for a grande and has 69g of sugar or more.