I love a good Frappuccino, and I’m sure you love it too. Starbucks Frappuccinos have been a long-term personal favorite, since they have reinvented the specialty of making them – some of the flavors you can buy include java chip Frappuccino, chip Frappuccino, and crunch Frappuccino, alongside numerous seasonal flavors. On one busy day, I decided to go to my local Starbucks and get a Frappuccino, but the delivery made me wonder if their traditional sealing was still in use or whether they had phased it out.
Well, if you are looking for a sealed Starbucks Frappuccino, they do not have them. Instead, they use a plastic covering without the sealing mark, as they phased out the sealing over time to save on plastic usage. It is best to create your seal since their covers only wrap around the neck of the cup or bottle to prevent people from opening it.
Knowing this fact is a major eye-opener, as you may need to be more careful when purchasing their Frappuccino drinks, including checking the quality of the sealing. There are ways you can create a vacuum sealing – or even make customized versions of their Frappucinos in your home to reduce the chances of food poisoning from contamination.
Are Starbucks Frappuccino drinks supposed to be sealed?
Ideally, it is always best to seal food items due to food safety standards that maintain the well-being of your customers. If it is incorrectly done, you risk the health of people who consume the product, as well as exposing the food to physical damage, contamination, external elements, heat, and many more dangers.
Considering this thought, the Frappuccino drink you get from your Starbucks should include proper sealing. Here are some reasons that make it essential:
It protects the drink from contamination
Any food product you consume is at risk from bacterial and pollutant contamination, so getting the right packaging is essential. It is the work of the manufacturer – Starbucks in this case – to ensure they ad seal protection testers and apply package leakage detectors. Protecting the drink from contaminants will also help it remain fresh for longer.
Enhances the shelf life
Using correct packaging ensures the product has a longer shelf life, which reduces the chances of health problems developing in the product’s consumers. As long as the Frappuccino is exposed to oxygen, it can still decompose even if you keep it in the fridge, so using the correct sealing will ensure it remains unexposed to air.
Guards against physical damage
Physical damage can easily compromise the integrity of your food, even if you protect it from contaminants. Proper sealing prevents this by guarding food against traumas or shocks that may happen during distribution (like when you purchase it from the store) or transit (when you move it from the store to your office or home for later consumption).
Keeps the drink fresh
Making a DIY seal for your homemade foods, including your homemade Frappuccino, goes a long way to maintaining the freshness of the drink and its quality. Commercial sealing techniques accomplish the same thing, which allows Starbucks and your favorite coffee hideout to sell fresh Frappucinos to you and anyone else.
Food seals and packaging must remain resistant to tampering to ensure the food is safe for consumption, and that goes for your Frappuccino as well. This will keep it safe for consumption, and you will reduce the chances of experiencing food poisoning issues because of drinking a contaminated Frappuccino.
Can I make a homemade Frappuccino as an alternative to Starbucks Frappuccinos?
If the idea of getting unsealed Starbucks Frappuccino is unappealing to you, or you want to make the DIY version for some other reason like cutting down on calories or saving up on your money, it is quite easy to make it in the comfort of your home, as well as adding additional ingredients for extra flavor.
The main ingredients you require are ice cubes, a cup of milk (you can also use plant-based milk such as oat milk for this), 2 to 3 shots of espresso, one tablespoon of chocolate or caramel syrup, and 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar. To top things off, you can use whipped cream.
When making the drink:
- Start by putting the sugar, chocolate sauce, espresso shots, ice cubes, and milk into a blender, and blend them until they mix perfectly. For a more authentic result, you can add more ice cubes into the blender or add them at the end alongside your toppings.
- Pour them into a cup and top with caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, or whipped cream. You can also use any other toppings you prefer like Java chips. Enjoy the Frappuccino.
To seal the drink, you can wash a plastic covering with hot water to disinfect it, fill the drink to the top of your glass or cup, and then use the covering to seal the cup. Ensure the cover fits the cup as tightly as possible and is durable enough, then you can place your drink in the fridge to extend its shelf life.
Tips for making DIY Frappuccino
- Starbucks uses Xanthan gum to prevent the drink from separating, even after blending it. therefore, you can add it to your DIY recipe when blending your ingredients, as it acts as a binding agent.
- For the best results, you should consume your Frappuccino within 4 to 8 hours, even the ones you purchase from Starbucks.
Starbucks Frappuccino is great, but the lack of proper sealing in many cases can be a turnoff for many consumers, and you might choose to make a DIY version at home due to this.
Do I need to freeze my Starbucks Frappuccino?
No, you do not need to do so, as Starbucks does not recommend it. Freezing also brings up another risk – the glass bottle might crack due to the expansion of the drink.
If I choose to keep my Frappuccino in the freezer, how long should it stay there?
You can put the bottle in the freezer, but do not leave it for longer than 2 hours. Once the time is up, you can remove it and shake it to blend the ice in the drink instantly.